April Fool! watch out at school!

Diane De Groat

Book - 2009

On April Fools' Day, Gilbert is unhappy that everyone is tricking him and he is unable to get them back, but then he thinks of a great way to fool his best friend. Includes tricks hidden in the illustrations for the reader to find.

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Series
Gilbert and friends
Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : HarperCollinsPublishers c2009.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 26 cm
ISBN
9780061430435
0061430439
9780061430428
0061430420
Main Author
Diane De Groat (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Gilbert looks forward to tricking his classmates on April Fools Day, but instead he falls for all their pranks, while every gag he attempts is a dud. Tired of being the butt of Lewis jokes, Gilbert turns the tables by outsmarting him in a game of psychological warfare. Children will find it easy to sympathize with gullible yet sometimes cagy Gilbert, appearing here in the twelfth volume of the Gilbert and Friends series. And they ll enjoy studying the colorful illustrations for the many sight gags that go unmentioned in the text. A good picture book to share on this peculiar holiday. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 3—Gilbert and his friends are back and ready to celebrate April Fool's Day. The book is filled with the tomfoolery that tickles children's funny bones: warnings of untied shoelaces, plastic spiders, and gummy worms in apples. The trouble begins when Lewis, Gilbert's nemesis, finds a ready target for his pranks in the bespectacled protagonist. He enjoys taunting Gilbert and plays a more mean-spirited trick than the others by placing an "I smell" sign on Gilbert's back on their way to lunch in the cafeteria. Gilbert is able to pay back Lewis by making him stew the entire afternoon waiting for a trick to be played on him. As the school day ends, Gilbert tells Lewis "Gotcha" and reveals there was no trick at all. The cartoon illustrations abound with visual tricks that observant viewers are sure to notice. DeGroat continues to show that she has a keen sense of classroom dynamics and the ability to connect with readers and their world. A popular choice for seasonal read-alouds.—Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA [Page 74]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Although he had planned to trick everyone on April Fool's Day, the tables are turned on prankster Gilbert as everyone beats him to the punch, but when Lewis the bully pulls a prank, Gilbert finds a way to get back at him with the best joke of the day!

Review by Publisher Summary 2

On April Fools' Day, Gilbert is unhappy that everyone is tricking him and he is unable to get them back, but then he thinks of a great way to fool his best friend, in a story with tricks hidden in the illustrations for the reader to find.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

It's April Fools' Day, and Gilbert is looking forward to playing tricks on his friends. Unfortunately he's the one getting tricked by everyone else, including Mrs. Byrd! But the worst prankster is Lewis the bully. In the end Gilbert outwits Lewis with the best trick of all. Diane deGroat's delightful story and fun-filled illustrations will enchant readers of all ages, especially when they discover the surprises in many of the illustrations. The reader is getting April Fooled, too!