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Kindergarten-Grade 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
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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. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Gilbert
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061430420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061430428
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of other bestselling books about Gilbert, including Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet; Jingle Bells, Homework Smells; Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo; No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teacher's Dirty Looks!; Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books; and the New York Times bestseller roses are pink, your feet really stink. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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It was April Fools' Day and Gilbert was anxious to get to school to play tricks on his friends. He was loading his knapsack with fake ants, spiders and fun stuff like spicy gum. His sister Lola told him a joke, but he didn't have time to show her how to play a real trick and rushed off to catch the bus. Patty played the "shoe's untied" trick on him, a great one he could do to someone else. Principal Pug was in on the tricks too. "Day nice a have!" Wow, he was something else, but Mrs. Byrd wasn't going to be any fun, or so he thought. She played a trick on him too. Hahahahahaha!

Poor Gilbert even got stuck sitting on a whoopee cushion. PLFFFT! Nobody liked his dumb old tricks. Even his mother "got him" by sticking a gummy worm in his apple. EVERYONE was tricking Gilbert. "This is the worst April Fools' Day ever-everybody's playing tricks on me, but I can't trick anyone! Gilbert did some heavy thinking and told Lewis he had "one more trick" he'd been saving up for him. He whispered it to Patty and she thought it would be "the best trick ever!" And it really was, but you'll have to read the book to find out about it!

This is a very humorous and delightful trickster tale and the lively illustrations compliment it perfectly. If the reader is sharp, he or she can find some "tricks" hidden in the illustrations. The list of the tricks is on the copyright page, but try not to read them first! In addition to reading a fun, lively tale you'll be sharpening your observation skills big time in this book!
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By N. Kuno on April 27, 2013
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Bought and shared with 1st graders. Teachers said the children loved it. The book made them think about how to be nice but have fun on April Fool's Day.
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