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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (911 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dave Barry Narrator: Dave Barr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Bonnie | 2/5/2014

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

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