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April Foolishness Hardcover – Import, 31 October 2004

4.7 out of 5 stars 71 ratings

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*Starred Review* K-Gr. 2. The writer and illustrator of Farm Flu (2001) join forces for a new farm story. This one celebrates April Fool's Day with a suitable "gotcha" ending and plenty of fun along the way. Visiting their grandparents' farm, two children take turns running indoors to tell their grandpa of a string of catastrophes: the cows are loose, the pigs broke the gate, the goats are stampeding. Grandpa greets each revelation with remarkable equanimity and continues to fix his breakfast. When he confides to Grandma that the kids' news bulletins are April foolery, she tells him that April Fool's Day is tomorrow, setting him up to fall for their pranks. Though picture-book creators are often warned against writing in rhymed couplets--and for good reason--Bateman's verse prances along in a pleasing way, never sounding a false note or tripping over its metric feet. Bright with colorful washes, Westcott's ink drawings illustrate the action with equal lightness and grace. Older children may observe parallels between the children's tales and Grandpa's actions. When told that the pigs are loose, he reaches for the bacon. Hearing of the sheep's escape, he pulls on his wool sweater. Zany and inventive, the artwork amplifies the story's humor. A great choice for storytime on April Fool's Day or anytime. Carolyn Phelan
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It's a spring morning on the farm. Grandpa is fixing breakfast for his visiting grandkids. Suddenly his grandson reports that the cows have got loose! He thinks Big Brown Bessie just stepped on a goose!

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Albert Whitman & Company (31 October 2004)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 29 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0807504041
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0807504048
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 - 6 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 386 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 27.31 x 1.27 x 21.59 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ USA
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 71 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars April Foolishness - Cutest Book Ever
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