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Overview The six horrible Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, cause mayhem throughout the school year
Publishers Description "The Herdmans are the most famous kids at Woodrow Wilson School. In fact, they are the most famous kids in the whole town -- and they are the worst kids in the history of the world. They are dirty, rotten, lazy, and ornery. They tell lies and smoke cigars and set fire to things. They stay away from school whenever they want to and won't learn anything when they are there.
Every September the students and teachers gear up for another year of dealing with the Herdmans. But no matter what precautions are taken, these modern-day outlaws still manage to cause hilarious mayhem year round. Their wild behavior always leads to disaster for someone, but how all continually escape blame. Could there something about this horrible clan state?
Barbara Robinson first introduced the unforgettable Herdmans in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Fans if this perennial favorite will not be disappointed by its equally hilarious, brilliant sequel.
Awards and Recognitions The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson has received the following awards and recognitions -
Sasquatch Award - 1998 Nominee - Children/Young Adult category
Land of Enchantment Book Award - 1997-1998 Winner - Children/Young Adult category
Colorado Children's Book Award - 1996 Winner - Junior Novel category
Volunteer State Book Awards - 1996-1997 Winner - Grades 4-6 category
Nene Award - 1999 Winner - Children's Fiction category
Citations And Professional Reviews The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
School Library Journal - 10/01/1994
Booklist - 10/15/1994 page 427
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1995 page 61
Kirkus Review - Children - 07/15/1994 page 993
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1994 page 83
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/1996 page 82
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 583
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 531
Publishers Weekly - 07/04/1994
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.18" Width: 5.63" Height: 0.62" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jul 21, 1994
Publisher Joanna Cotler
ISBN 0060230398 ISBN13 9780060230395 UPC 046594012951
Availability 0 units.
More About Barbara Robinson
Robinson is the recipient of a B.A. degree from Allegheny College.
Barbara Robinson currently resides in Berwyn, in the state of Pennsylvania. Barbara Robinson was born in 1927.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Best School Year Ever?
Unique and Fun Book May 7, 2007
My husband has LOVED the Worst/Best Christmas pageant ever! I actually bought this book for him and the Worst/Best Halloween ever! He absolutely loves them! He actually laughed outloud at some of the Antics of this "crew". Unique and Fun!
The further adventures of the Herdman family May 29, 2006
This follows THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, again told by Beth and focusing on the Herdman clan. Beth is now in the 6th grade at Woodrow Wilson Elementary and of course, once again Imogene Herdman is a classmate. There is a Herdman for each grade, 6 in all, and even though they never do assignments or seem to learn anything they are always promoted to the next grade. Beth's father offers a theory that the faculty at Woodrow Wilson have a clause in their contracts assuring that there will be only one Herdman per class.
There Herdmans hold the school and perhaps even the community in terror with their misdeeds. Beth relates their adventures for the year including kidnapping someone's little brother, 'tattoing' his bald head with magic marker, destroying a school assembly, taking over a school bus, and probably causing an epidemic of chicken pox to name but a few. Hanging over Beth's head is the year long assignment given the first day of school - to find a compliment for each classmate and several for one classmate in particular. Beth's special assignment is Imogene. As Beth struggles to find honest nice things to say about Imogene she begins to see new qualities in her classmate and by the end of the year has begun to develop insights far beyond her years.
This book is hysterically funny. Not funny in the sense that it causes the reader to smile or chuckle but rather funny as in laughing out loud to the point of tears. Beth's matter-of-fact descriptions of the Herdman capers are delivered with a delightfully wry sense of humor.
The reading level for this book is listed as 3-6 but the interest level is much greater. A younger child would be able to follow and enjoy being read this short novel and an adult (like this one) would find this hilarious. Buy this to encourage a reluctant read, buy this to become somebody's favorite aunt or uncle, buy this distract a sick child or - well whatever excuse you can come up with buy this book but remember to get it far enough in advance to allow yourself time to read it first.
Hijinks that will appeal to your grade schooler Feb 2, 2006
In The Best School Year Ever 6th-grader Beth Bradley tells the story of the Herdman family, whose six children--one enrolled per year--terrorize Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, as well as the small town in which it's set. There's a new story of Herdman-related mischief in each chapter of the book, from the time the Herdman kids kidnapped a baby, drew on his bald head in permanent marker, and sold tickets to the viewing, to Leroy Herdman's various snake-related pranks, to the Herdmans' theft of a tableful of refreshments on talent show night. The Herdmans, in short, cause the sort of chaos that the author's target readers will find appealing. The Herdman stories are bracketed by Beth's discussion of the class project her teacher set on the first day of the year: everyone in the sixth grade was required to think of something nice to say about everyone else in the class--not an easy task if the student you're trying to compliment is a Herdman. Obviously the problem of complimenting a Herdman classmate is addressed and resolved at the book's end, and I like in particular the author's not-too-preachy, just right conclusion.
Robinson's book is written in a charming, folksy style, as this threat from one of the Herdmans illustrates: "You leave that blanket alone and you leave that kid alone or I'll wrap your whole head in chewing gum so tight they'll have to peel it off along with all your hair and your eyebrows and your lip skin and everything!" The problem with this particular patch of prose, though, is that I rather doubt that any sixth grader ever talked like this in real life. There are a number of other problems with credibility in the book as well. It's amusing, for example, (when you get over the real-life scariness of the kidnapping) to imagine the Herdmans displaying a "tattooed" baby for profit (if you also forget that the kid would surely be unhappy and uncomfortable if this were really happening to him)--but it's not the sort of thing that would happen outside of the Our Gang comedies or Ed, Edd n Eddy's cul-de-sac. This credibility gap may not bother a lot of kids, but it will distract at least some of Robinson's readers.
Debra Hamel -- author of Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in ancient Greece (Yale University Press, 2003)
Ciara Dec 7, 2005
This is a book that I would recommend for everyone to read.It was very exiting from the begining.There's this girl who hates the school she goes to because the HERDMANS go there.The Herdmans are the worst kids in the world.They do everything they can to destroy other people.One time, one of the Herdmans had gotten one of the 6th graders and stuck there head in the bike racket and the poor kid couldn't get his head out.Once you start reading this book you can't STOP!I would really recommend you to read it.
the best school year ever Dec 3, 2005
The Best School Year Ever written by Barbra Robinson is a wonderful story about a family of children noun as the Heardmans who do what they wont when they wont such as smoke and set firecrackers in the school, ditch class and disrespect adults in authority .Almost all children are scared of the Heardmans because theyre bullies and they steal lunch money from weak little children.The Heardmans are fearless except when a particular bus came to pick them up for a fieldtrip and were scared because they were kicked off it.