April Fool, Phyllis!

Susanna Leonard Hill

Book - 2011

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.

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Picture books
Published
New York : Holiday House 2011.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780823422708
0823422704
Main Author
Susanna Leonard Hill (-)
Other Authors
Jeffrey Ebbeler (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In this sequel to Punxsutawney Phyllis (2006), Phyllis the groundhog, "Weather Prophet Extraordinaire," sniffs the morning air on the first day of April and senses a snowstorm. She tells her family, but they dismiss her blizzard warning as an April Fools' joke. In the end, though, Phyllis has the last laugh. An appended note discusses prank traditions occurring around the vernal equinox in various countries. Dramatic acrylic paintings illustrate the action. Fun for reading aloud at home or in the classroom, this picture book offers a refreshing take on April Fools' Day. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—Punxsutawney Phyllis (Holiday House, 2005) was about Groundhog Day. This story has the young creature predicting a blizzard on the first day of April. All of the other groundhogs think that she is playing an April Fool's Day joke on them and continue with their plans for the Spring Treasure Hunt. While totally engaged in finding and following clues, they don't notice that the temperature is dropping. Before they know it, they are caught in a blizzard, and Phyllis must get the little groundhogs back to safety. She does so by creating and following a sap line all the way home. The sap line concept may be confusing to some children and that aspect of the story will need to be explained to make the resolution understandable. The illustrations are done in acrylics and are a bit muted and in earth tones, reflecting the impending doom of the blizzard. Yet they are still playful, with each groundhog having its own special feature that sets it apart from the rest: a sweater, glasses, a hat, etc. Classrooms will find good use for this book as an introduction to the season and its unpredictable weather. However, the title is a bit misleading as the story focuses more on the treasure hunt, the blizzard, and the rescue than on April foolery. Additional.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL [Page 78]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

It might be April Fools' Day, but Punxsutawney Phyllis knows that winter isn't over yet.Her infallible instincts tell her that a blizzard is brewing. Too bad no one will believe her. Luckily Phyllis uses a combination of common sense and uncommon abilities to lead the April Fools' Day treasure hunters back to safety when the storm comes on quickly. Once again Phylis gets the last laugh in this buoyant holiday tale.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

When Punxstawney Phyllis forecasts a blizzard on April Fools' Day, the same day as the Spring Treasure Hunt, the other groundhogs are convinced that Phyllis is puling a prank. Includes information on the origins of April Fools' Day and how it is celebrated.