Dolly’s Top 7 April Fool’s Children’s Books!
Did you know that there has never been a children’s book written about April Fools Day? …GOTCHA! There are some great kids’ picture books out there that are funny and fresh and will give the whole family a laugh…or some good ideas for an April Fools’ prank! Here are 7 of Dolly’s favorite books about April Fool’s Day!
1. “April Foolishness” by Teresa Bateman, Illustrations by Nadine Bernard Westcott One by one grandpa’s grandkids run in to the farmhouse to warn him of disaster– the cows are loose and stepped on a goose, the chickens are loose, pig broke the gate. No matter what they say, grandpa remains calm. Why? Because he knows the kids are trying to play an April Fool’s trick!
2. “Barnyard Fun” by Maureen Wright, Illustrations by Paul Rátz de Tagyos When Sheep found out it was April 1, he said, “It’s time to have some fun”! So Sheep sets his alarm an hour ahead and begins a day of April Fool’s jokes on Rooster, Dog, Pig and Cow.
3. “April Fool’s Day” (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #19) by Carolyn Keene. Illustratiions by Macky Pamintuan Nancy has been invited to an April Fool’s Day party at her new schoolmate’s house. It sounds like fun, the best prank will win a special prize. But when two of the guests’ fancy new electronics go missing, Nancy knows something’s up. Is this someone’s idea of a joke? Good thing Nancy is on the job!
4. “April Fool! Watch Out at School!” by Diane deGroat It’s April Fools’ Day, and at school, Gilbert is looking forward to playing tricks on his friends. Unfortunately he’s the one that’s getting tricked! Even Mrs. Byrd his teacher gets him! Can Gilbert out prank Lewis the bully? Diane deGroat’s fun illustrations have surprises in many of the illustrations. The reader is getting April Fooled, too!
5. “Wacky Wednesday” by Dr. Seuss This is no ordinary day! There’s a shoe on the ceiling and bananas in the apple tree, and it only gets wackier. From a hole in the kitchen table to a green sun in the sky, young readers will love finding each silly mistake. Illustrated by renowned New Yorker cartoonist George Booth, Wacky Wednesday is perfect for April Fool’s Day!
6. “Double Trouble #2: April Fool’s Surprise” by Abby Klein. Illustrations by John McKinley Twin sisters Kelly and Kasey are always getting into some kind of trouble. So of course April Fool’s is their favorite holiday to trick people into believe each one is the other! Can they fool the whole second grade with a twin switcheroo?
And of course, we needed to include a great book of (non-mean) pranks!
7. “Pranklopedia: The Funniest, Grossest, Craziest, Not-Mean Pranks on the Planet!” by Julie Winterbottom This book is pure heaven for the child prankster! Written by longtime Nickelodeon Magazine editor in chief Julie Winterbottom, Pranklopedia is a complete prank encyclopedia of over 70 pranks, with step-by-step directions of how to pull them off! Just some of the funny pranks include how to make “tasty ” soup can labels (mmm, Cream of Sparrow Soup!), create a fake “winning ” lottery ticket, make fake boogers and more! Try some pranks and see if you can make your way into the Prankster Hall of Fame!