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APRIL FOOL! by Karen Gray Ruelle


by Karen Gray Ruelle & illustrated by Karen Gray Ruelle

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: March 15th, 2002
ISBN: 0-8234-1686-0
Publisher: Holiday House

The fifth entry in the Harry and Emily easy reader series finds the kitty-cat siblings ready to celebrate another holiday together. As lots of mild little tricks are played within their family, big brother Harry insists his little sister won’t be able to play any tricks on him. She cleverly waits till the very last minute on April Fool’s Day, and then—when Harry has given up on any more tricks—surprises him with all their tricks from the previous year. The final punch line is cunningly hidden in the art as Emily hides a toy snake under her brother’s pillow for one last laugh. It’s heartening to see the little sister prevail in a children’s story, using calm and controlled strategy to disprove her brother’s claim. Ruelle’s (Spookier Than a Ghost, 2001, etc.) simple watercolor illustrations are not sophisticated or innovative, but are charmingly direct and humorous, just like her story. Although this is intended for new readers at the second-grade reading level, it would also be an excellent read-aloud for younger children to explain the concept of April Fool’s Day. (Easy reader. 5-8)