This book is one of the highlights of our Christmas season each year. My daughter loved it when she was little, and now for the third year in a row Shark Boy is nearly in tears from laughter as I read him one chapter each night.
It is the story of the horrible Herdman kids and how they end up in the church Christmas pageant, which sounds like standard fare but trust me, it is hilarious. It begins like this:
The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked dirty and hit little kids and cussed their teachers and took the Lord's name in vain and set fire to Fred Shoemaker's old broken-down toolhouse.
By the time I finish this spectacular opening paragraph, my kids are on the floor - they LOVE it. The book has a great message about the meaning of Christmas, and it is just so much fun.
We also have a St. Nicholas book (St. Nicholas leaves chocolate coins in my kids shoes on December 6th, his feast day), a couple of preschool level nativity stories, and Twas the Night Before Christmas of course, but I'd like to expand our selection. I am going to order this book to start.
What other Christmas books do you read with your kids?