Tuesday, September 29, 2009
April Fool! Watch Out at School! by Diane deGroat
This is a funny and clever book about Gilbert who is so excited for April Fools Day and ready to play tricks on everyone, but finds himself the target for all the jokes. In the end to get back at the biggest trickster in the class he claims to have the best trick ever to play on him, which is to play no trick at all. The idea works and Lewis falls for every trick in the book played by other classmates because he is so paranoid about what Gilbert's trick is going to be. This would be a great story to read on the holiday. I think the children would find it humorous to hear and see all the different tricks the characters play on each other. Even when you look at the pictures you can find little tricks in the background not mentioned in the text. One way that teachers could connect this to their classroom is by playing the game mentioned in the book about making different sounds for each punctuation when reading aloud. I think the game, as it did in the book, make reading more fun and exciting to both do and listen to.