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3.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 5 3.91 (46 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dave Barry Narrator: Dave Barry Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9781429589505
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“My name is Doug Barnes, and this stuff happened on Christmas Eve in my town, which is Asquont, New York.”

The year is 1960, and, as it is every year, the Christmas pageant at St. John’s Episcopal Church, directed by Mrs. Elkins—who used to be in “the Theater” in New York, and who is tall and skinny, with hair the color of the orange part of a candy corn—is a very big deal. Doug is a shepherd this year, which is better than being a “Three King,” because, for one thing, you get to carry a stick.

But there are problems everywhere. Doug’s fellow shepherds are hacking around, which makes Mrs. Elkins yell at all of them; the girl he likes is playing Mary opposite a Joseph who is depressingly smart and athletic and cute; the family dog is doing very poorly, and they have no idea what they’re going to tell Doug’s little sister, Becky, who’s playing one of the Host of Angels and who loves the dog more than anything; and his dad’s just gotten a flat tire, which means they might not even get to the pageant at all.

But Christmas is a time of miracles. And for Doug and his family, this will be the most miraculous Christmas of all.

Dave Barry has been delighting readers for decades with his newspaper columns, nonfiction, novels for adults, and novels for children, but this book is something special: a story for all ages that will touch the heart and make you laugh out loud. And you may never look at a manger scene the same way again.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Shevchik | 2/19/2014

    " I have never read anything from Dave Barry. This was so adorable and hilarious to read from the point of view of the kid in the story. I love how he always exaggerates numbers and situations, and how his fears are so the fears/concerns of a kid. I miss those days. It makes you remember the days when your biggest worry was how embarassing your parents car was, or getting talked to by the principal. :) I laughed out loud so many times. Probably only took a half hour to read, and it was the best half hour of my week for sure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise Hartvigsen | 2/10/2014

    " I discovered this book a couple of years ago and found it delightful. I read it aloud to our children, and they giggled most of the way through. We've read it every Christmas season for the past three years; it takes less than an hour. (I did edit out a little section about boys noticing girls maturing in jr. high; funny, but not essential for my younger kids). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/6/2014

    " Really fun. Read to my kids. We all enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/5/2014

    " Loved this one. Laughed out loud the whole way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 1/21/2014

    " This really is a two part book with the first part more about a boy just growing up at the Junior High level and inner thoughts of girls and Christmas pageants and life in general. It is not deep just a funny side as a teen age sees it and is not a very long book, a very quick read. I doubt I would have given the book a 5 star based on this first half. But the second half continues and ends on one particular Christmas and Christmas pageant. And this is where Frank and Walter (both dogs) show up. They will make you laugh and cry but certainly touch your heart and make the read a very good one. It may even make you think of "Marley and Me." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/21/2014

    " What a good read to get me ready for Christmas. This was just a small little book that only took me an hour to read. So if you like Christmas stories and dogs, you will love this little book. I especially liked it because it took place in 1960. The book was filled with pictures that took me back to that period of time, like what the Christmas tree's looked like, what presents were popular, what movies were out and how people lived and acted during that time. Sweet memories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cris | 1/2/2014

    " As always Davy Barry is LOL funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/1/2014

    " Great Christmas book! For anyone who grew up in the early 1960's, this will be a funny trip into the past. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Tippets | 12/27/2013

    " This book is a fun, easy read. It is easily read in one sitting. I laughed so hard I almost cried more than once. A very enjoyable, entertaining Christmas story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss Scarlet | 12/10/2013

    " It was funny and cute, and captures the holiday spirit, and a lot of aspects of life, much better than other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alysha | 10/31/2013

    " Sweet, cute, witty. Very quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catlyn Caldart | 10/7/2013

    " Hilarious. Good, short holiday read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen Southall | 10/7/2013

    " Really cute - all of us have Christmas memories which get tinged with a lot of humor. These were some of Dave's and very enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginger | 10/5/2013

    " I was hoping to really like this but it was just OK. Funny but nothing I would re-read every Christmas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/4/2013

    " Fun, fast, read. Made me laugh...want to read it next Christmas season to the kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shellie Foltz | 8/30/2013

    " Made a mistake starting this one late in the evening and ended up laughing through the night instead of sleeping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 8/25/2013

    " I loved this book!!! It was so good and very easy to sit down and read. I am going to read it to my kids. It brought back childhood memeories of mine from christmastime. AWESOME READ!!! Good choice Kim!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Lazerus | 8/13/2013

    " Short, sweet and very funny - put me in the mood for the holidays! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 8/10/2013

    " I love this story! It is so sweet and sad and just hilarious. My kind of Christmas story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 8/1/2013

    " Cute and sweet. And short, don't forget short. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/5/2013

    " This is such a cute book; I laughed out loud reading it. Got some strange looks in the book store. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/1/2013

    " This is a wonderful, funny and nostalgic book full of appropriate pictures from the 50's and 60's. It's a quick read and absolutely perfect for Christmas (or mid-June, when I read it). If you've ever been a kid or had a dog, read this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jschwabenland1 | 11/14/2012

    " It's cute and fresh when so many Christmas dog stories have come before it. It reminded me of two other books, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and A Prayer for Owen Meany. So, it was good, and it is in good company. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy A. | 9/26/2012

    " A funny, easy holiday read. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 9/1/2012

    " Hilarious - Dave Barry tells a family Christmas story narrated by a junior high kid that made me laugh out loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue R. | 6/20/2012

    " For all of you who have ever been involved in a Christmas pgeant, you will love this book. This book is hilarious ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Kadwell | 5/15/2012

    " I love Dave Barry and I loved this book. It's hilarious, but also has enough depth and suspense to hold one's attention. The ending brought tears to my eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MommaLaura | 4/19/2012

    " Hilareous! Very reminiscent of the Donald Davis stories of his childhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melki | 3/28/2012

    " Essentially a 117-page joke - but the punchline is a good one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 11/21/2011

    " My book clubs december choice - short and humorous - a good combo! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 10/7/2011

    " I was disappointed, thought it would be really, really funny. It was ok. Fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 9/17/2011

    " Fun, quick read. Always appreciate his sense of humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dora | 6/10/2011

    " Um-VERY quick read! Fair! Sweet story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicol | 6/6/2011

    " This was a really cute story and a super quick read that just made you laugh and cry a little bit and overall love life more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 5/18/2011

    " Quite a sweet and funny Christmas story - just an hour. Very light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 3/17/2011

    " If you are a fan of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" series--you will love this one. A quick, loveable read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leesa | 3/5/2011

    " I love a good Christmas book and this was lighthearted (I laughed out loud several times, enough that my husband asked what was so funny!) Really a fun holiday read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 1/28/2011

    " a touching and funny family read. great for all ages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jschwabenland1 | 1/4/2011

    " It's cute and fresh when so many Christmas dog stories have come before it. It reminded me of two other books, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and A Prayer for Owen Meany. So, it was good, and it is in good company. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timandamy7 | 1/3/2011

    " A funny, easy holiday read. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 12/29/2010

    " Kinda like "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever", but add a huge dog and a collapsed church ceiling to the mix. Fun to read and fast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 12/28/2010

    " This was a laugh-out loud book. I really would like to know how much of it was based on actual events! Could be used as a read aloud for students; it's a nice, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 12/23/2010

    " Really cute - all of us have Christmas memories which get tinged with a lot of humor. These were some of Dave's and very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/15/2010

    " Eric & I listened to this three mornings while driving to school. It was fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 12/6/2010

    " Wonderful book, now one of my favorite Christmas books. Dave Barry shares a Christmas he remembers and hilarity ensues. One to read each year or just fun to remember. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 12/4/2010

    " Very funny. Heart warming. Quick read. "

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About the Author
Author Dave Barry

Dave Barry’s bestsellers include his Peter Pan prequels, written with Ridley Pearson; I’ll Mature When I’m Dead; and Lunatics, written with Alan Zweibel. He is also the author of the two dark comic suspense novels Big Trouble and Tricky Business. A play based on his first Peter Pan book, Peter and the Starcatchers, is currently a hit on Broadway. He lives in Coral Gables, Florida.