CRRL Kids: April Fool's Day
Annotation:When Punxsutawney Phyllis forecasts a blizzard on April Fools' Day--the same day as the Spring Treasure Hunt--the other groundhogs are convinced that Phyllis is pulling a prank. Includes information of the origins of April Fools' Day and how it is celebrated around the world.
Annotation:Readers learn about some of the many ways the holiday is celebrated around the world today, such as getting a paper fish taped to your back (France), throwing flour at your friends (Portugal), eating your meals backward by starting with dessert, and telling jokes and funny stories.
Annotation:At a Vermont elementary school, April Fools' Day takes on a sinister tone when a teacher goes missing and several suspects emerge, among them the teacher's fiance and a missing mutant chick.
Annotation:An arrogant prince tries to bluff his way out of paying the bridge troll’s toll, only to find that honesty really is its own reward. Judy Moody dreams up her best-ever prank on Stink, but he finds a hilarious way to make her joke fall splat. And when a boy’s grandfather plays an elaborate trick that has the whole town laughing at him, can he use it one day to big-time advantage? -- All woven around the phrase "I fooled you."
Annotation:April Fools' Day is long and hard for the third-grade Huit octuplets, but it is nothing compared to the challenges of Tax Day, through which Jackie discovers her special power and gift and learns more about their parents' mysterious disappearance.
Annotation:April Fools' Day is not a happy one for Wagner the mouse because his best friend, Pearl the rabbit, and other children and adults at school keep tricking him.
Annotation:It's springtime, and little sister Ivy wants to prove she can keep a secret, but there are some secrets that are too good to keep. Big sister Zelda longs to play the perfect April Fool's Day prank, but can she outsmart the clever Ivy? And will opera star hopeful Zelda be upstaged by a butterfly in the final act? Fresh and funny, full of sugar and sass, this trio of tales about everyday life with siblings and friends is sure to strike a chord with young readers everywhere.
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According to tradition, a long-ago calendar confusion gives us our April Fools' Day pranks. Once upon a time, the New Year was celebrated on April 1. When the King of France adopted the new Gregorian calendar for his country, the year 1582 began there on January 1. Over time this way of figuring the year spread to other countries. But word traveled slowly, and many old timers refused to change their ways. Some people still celebrated the New Year on April 1. Those folks who were slow to catch on to the new style became the focus for a day of jokes and pranks. Today, many people still enjoy a day devoted to triumphant tricks and tangles of tomfoolery.
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