The Best School Year Ever by Barbara RobinsonThe Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson

The Best School Year Ever

byBarbara Robinson

Paperback | April 12, 2005

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Buckle up for a wild ride involving a missing gerbil, a crazy cat, and a tattooed baby that will have readers of all ages laughing!

This hilarious novel stars the Herdmans, the worst kids in the world, who made their first appearance in author Barbara Robinson's classic The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

In The Best School Year Ever, Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman haven’t changed a bit. They still set things on fire and knock the other kids black and blue.

One day the teachers ask all the students to think of compliments for their classmates, and Beth Bradley picks Imogene Herdman’s name. At first, Beth can’t think of anything good, but soon she begins to see Imogene in a new light.

Maybe behind all of the outrageous pranks, there is something good about the Herdmans?

Barbara Robinson has written many popular books for children, including The Best Halloween Ever, The Best School Year Ever, and My Brother Louis Measures Worms and Other Louis Stories. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is an ALA Notable Children's Book and was filmed as a television movie.
Title:The Best School Year EverFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.38 inPublished:April 12, 2005Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064404927

ISBN - 13:9780064404921

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best School Year Ever I rate this book 5 stars because I think that it is the funniest book ever. The Herdman kids are always making a scene, and are always where the trouble is! They always have something new like washing their cat in the laundry machine!
Date published: 2000-09-15

From Our Editors

Readers first met the Herdman kids, the notorious troublemakers of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, in Barbara Robinson's hilarious novel "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever". Now the Herdmans return in an even funnier sequel in which they start a riot at the laundromat, kidnap someone's baby brother for fun and profit, and create a diversion at the school talent show

Editorial Reviews

"The story features the Herdmans, the terror of their town. WhenImogene, Ralph, and Gladys muscle in on Sunday School and demandthe leading roles in the Christmas pageant, they get their way be-cause the other kids don't dare challenge them. Chaos results, as theHerdmans act out their unique version of what happened so long ago inBethlehem. And surprise-everyone agrees it was the best Christmaspageant ever. This could become a classic, known as one of the bestChristmas books ever." "-- Publishers Weekly"Wiry-tough, tender-hearted, unsentimental, and consistently funny, the book is in the classic tradition of American humour. Buy it for eight-to-twelves; but the whole family will want to read it.""-- The London Sunday Times"One of the most enjoyable children's books since The Emerald City of Oz. The book is outrageous, lively, funny and wonderful."The true greatness of the Christmas Story, when subjected to thecynical scrutiny of the Horrible Herdmans, and then interpreted bythem, shines through with a new brilliance that just might mark "TheBest Christmas Pageant Ever as a minor classic for youngsters, and theirelders, too." -- "The Sunday Denver Post"Don't miss this hilarious and touching book."--"The Boston Sunday Globe