April Foolishness

April Foolishness

Book - 2004
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Grandma, Grandpa, and the grandkids enjoy April Fools' Day on the farm. It's a spring morning on the farm. Grandma is happy the grandkids are visiting-they've picked just the right day!-and Grandpa is fixing breakfast. Suddenly his grandson reports that the cows have got loose! He thinks Big Brown Bessie just stepped on a goose! "Good gracious," Grandpa says as he pours himself a glass of milk. When his granddaughter shouts the chickens are out, Grandpa cooks up some eggs. Pigs broke the gate? Grandpa fries bacon. Why is Grandpa so cool? Because he knows the kids are trying to play an April Fool's trick!
Publisher: Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman & Co., c2004
ISBN: 9781439595442
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 x 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Westcott, Nadine Bernard - Illustrator


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May 27, 2015

SUMMARY: Grandma is excited because the grandkids are coming over and it is April Fools Day. While Grandpa is fixing himself breakfast, brother and sister come in to tell him about one calamity after another happening out in the barnyard. Grandpa does not take them seriously because he assumes they are playing April fools jokes on him. But Grandma gets the last laugh.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations are brightly colored, lively and fun. There are funny little details here and there that are a delight to discover.

THE GOOD: This was a very cleverly told story. You think one thing is happening in the story and then find out in the end that something completely different is going on.
THE NOT AS GOOD: A note for vegans: As the children warn Grandpa about each animal problem, he makes a breakfast item coming from that animal (such as bacon while being warned about the pigs). Some of the irony and humor may go over the youngest children's heads.



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May 27, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 7


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