The Best School Year Ever

  • by Barbara Robinson
  • Narrated by Elaine Stritch
  • 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Worst Kids in the History of the World! When anything goes wrong at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, from the hexing of Bus Six to the mysterious disappearance of the kindergarten gerbil, it's sure to have a Herdman behind it. The Herdmans are more than famous, they're outlaws. They smoke cigars, lie, and set fire to things, and that's only when they bother to come to school! Then a school project forces the students to think of compliments for all their classmates, including the Herdmans. Is it possible that behind their outrageous pranks there may be something good about this crazy clan after all?

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What the Critics Say

"Readers...will enthusiastically welcome the return of the six cigar-smoking Herdman kids." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Awesome and fun listen!

What made the experience of listening to The Best School Year Ever the most enjoyable?

The Herdman's are back with this fun, hilarious classic about very spirited children coming to your school. It's like Amelia Bedelia for third and fourth graders. Their antics leave you laughing!


What about Elaine Stritch’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen too. Miss Stitch's voice is clear and full of merriment just like the Herdmans.


Any additional comments?

You must listen to at least one Herdman book before you die. Though written for third and fourth graders, add this to your bucket list!

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- Melissa

Super story read very well

As the sequel to "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" this book brings us another story of the perpetually misbehaving Herdman children as told by Beth, one of the other children who goes to Woodrow Wilson Elementary School with the six of them. As a school assignment Beth has to find compliments for Imogene, compliments on her character, which needless to say, seems impossible at the beginning. The late actress Elaine Stretch lent her wonderfully gravelly voice to the story and made it even better.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-26-2006
  • Publisher: HarperAudio