Sunday, April 1, 2012

Blogging From A to Z Challenge - A

This will be a walk down memory lane, so to speak. The majority of the books I will be blogging about were acquired during my son's childhood. I will be blogging about children's, MG, and Tween books that are on the bookshelves, with a few being found on the Kindle for PC. The titles will either have words that correspond with the letter of the day, will be on a topic that corresponds with the letter of the day or both. As I'm finding a couple of the letters a bit challenging, I may need to borrow a book or two from the library to complete the challenge.

Today is Sunday, April 1st, which is the first day of the Blogging From A to Z Challenge.  It is also April Fool's Day.  Today's books are about an April Fool and the alphabet.  Today's letter is A.

Arthur's April Fool

Author:  Marc Brown 

Reading Level:  Ages 5 and up

This book was part of a book club my son belonged to.  He got a new Arthur book each month.  The book club was called the Arthur Adventures Club.

My son liked playing April Fools tricks on us when he was younger.  Some were quite silly.  Some weren't so funny, but we laughed anyways.

Dr. Seuss's A B C

Author:  Dr. Seuss

This book is a book club edition.  This particular book was bought at a yard sale.  

My son and I went to a lot of yard sales, even when he was a baby.  I was always on the lookout for new books that I thought he might enjoy.

QUESTION OF THE DAY:  What was your favorite April Fool's trick that you played on someone?


Francene said...

Interesting take on the challenge.

Stacy S. Jensen said...

In high school we wrote a fake newspaper article about graduation being canceled. Boy, the superintendent wasn't happy when he received phone calls about that.

There's a fun book by my blogging friend Susanna Leonard Hill — April Fool, Phyllis! It's a wonderful children's book and Phyllis is a spunky groundhog. Good luck with the challenge.

Patti said...

My favorite April Fool's Joke.............. that's a good question. I can't think of one.

I'm visiting from the A to Z challenge. So much fun reading through your blog. I enjoyed it. Be back again tomorrow to see your letter B!!

I Heart Red Shoes #1537 (ha)

Patti said...

Just visiting for a quick minute from the challenge.

Enjoy it. You have a fun blog.

Can't wait to see what's up for letter B


Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

I remember those books and, lordy, lordy, if I haven't watched enough ARthur to sink a proverbial ship! My favourite April Fool's trick was giving birth to the reason for reading those books. And today he is 15! Happy birthday, Angus, and Happy A to Z!

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

I remember those books and, lordy, lordy, if I haven't watched enough ARthur to sink a proverbial ship! My favourite April Fool's trick was giving birth to the reason for reading those books. And today he is 15! Happy birthday, Angus, and Happy A to Z!

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Interesting that your first comment is from Francene! (not francine, but still!) Oh, and also? My husband's initials are DW.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Susanne .. I'll love reading your posts and seeing the books you and the kids read ...

I don't remember any April Fool tricks we did - though I feel we must have ..

The one that always fascinated me was the Spaghetti Tree - that took masses of people in ... and I wrote a blog post about it .. as like royalty it amuses me!!

Cheers Hilary

Beth said...

I remember the Auther bookd. They were fun...I dont think Ive ever actually played an April Fools joke.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Francene! Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Hi Stacy! That fake newspaper article is a good April Fool's joke. Thanks for sharing about your friend's book.

Hi Patti! Thanks for stopping by. Glad you had a chance to look around my blog. Have an awesome day!

Hi Hilary! I remember reading an article in Reader's Digest, years ago, about the Spaghetti Tree.

Hi Cathy! Thanks for stopping by. Happy Birthday wishes to your son!

Rosalind Adam said...

I don't know of the Arthur books but I remember Dr Seuss as being really quirky and fun compared to the ordinary ABC books being published in the UK.

I’m doing the A to Z Challenge too at A to Z of Nostalgia

DL Hammons said...

My brother was born on April Fool's day and we always tell him that was the greatest trick ever played! :)

Great start!!

The Brown Recluse said...

I love Dr. Seuss! He was so original...and they are so fun to read to kids.

I sometimes feel a niggling to write a children's story...maybe one day...who knows?

Anonymous said...

Hello! I still have all my children's picture books - all those memories... I can still smell their little necks and feel their chubby fingers tracing the pictures on the pages and remember
their laughter, all the quiet moments, their eyes dreamy... and if truth be told, occasionally i buy another, I can't resist them. I guess i have a childish sense of humour!

I have to sign myself here, - for some reason Blogger does not let me comment with my name!

Su said...

I don't think I've ever pulled an April Fools' prank. My parents did not have a good sense of humour, so there wasn't much that I could do and get away with. So, I don't really bother!

Arlee Bird said...

I've done so many April Fools trick that I can't remember any of them. But I do remember my little brothers and sister having the Dr Seuss ABC book.

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Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Beth. I know I played April Fool's tricks when I was younger, just can't remember any instances right off hand.

Hi Rosalind! I think I stopped by your blog earlier this morning.

Hi DL! I know a few people who were born on April Fool's Day.

Hi Margaret! Dr. Seuss books are fun to read. Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Liz! Sorry to hear Blogger is giving you some problems. Hopefully it will be a short lived problem. Thanks for stopping by. I think I stopped by your blog earlier this morning.

Hi Su! I don't always have a good sense of humor for tricks, but when my son was just a little guy, it was easy to laugh at his attempts of tricking us. Have a great day!

Kimberly said...

I love your book theme! People usually pulled April Fool's jokes on me because I didn't remember. Then I'd use whatever joke they pulled on me on someone else. :)

anthony stemke said...

I remember a disc jockey came on at midnight on April 1st. He seriously stated that the federal government was going to change all the interstate signs bcause studies had shown the colour green was causing motorist stress. He went on to add that all the green signs would be removed and replaced with blue signs. Many callers were irate at the govt waste.

Rekha said...

We had to make do with the boring ABC books, Dr.Seuss sounds interesting. A creative way to do the A-Z. Thanks for visiting. Good luck and have a good week ahead.

Empty Nest Insider said...

I loved reading the Arthur and Dr. Seuss books with my boys! Great A to Z theme! Julie

Bish Denham said...

I pulled my fair share of tricks, but I can't remember doing anything specific for April Fool's.

Those are two wonderful books!

Linda - Nickers and Ink said...

Fun picture books. I remember them both, although I think they reside in a local library, now that we've been done with them for a few years.

Thanks for the reminder of childhood days gone past.

Stopping in as an A to Z Blogging Challenge participant. Please feel free to visit and comment on any of my blogs as well, leaving a link to your own post, so my readers can find you too!

All on and all in the A to Z Challenge

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Nickers and Ink: Poetry & Humor
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Practically at Home: Home & How-To’s
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You can click my name/icon for links to all these blogs!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I still love Dr. Seuss.

Don't think I've ever played an April Fools' joke on anyone.

Julie Jordan Scott said...

I am an anti-April fool's joke person. I am still traumatized by having my bed short sheeted by my Mom & Sister. (Seriously!)

I will love exploring books with you. I am a big time word lover who is focusing on women in literary history for my A-Z Challenge, so we have word-love in common!

Julie Jordan Scott
twitter - @juliejordanscot
A is for Adelaide

Kelly said...

I love this idea for the A to Z challenge! I'm a writer myself (I'll be a novelist if one ever gets published lol), so I love the book angle.

Such a cool blog you have here. I'll definitely be coming back :)

ShawnTe said...

I'm a regular prankster so people are always on the look out for me to pull an April's Fool joke on someone. As a result, I don't do any pranks on that day. :(

Liz Kelso said...

hmmm...I don't play pranks on people. I guess I have no imagination!! LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

Paula said...

I was born too early for the Arthur books but I love Dr. Seuss. I took Fox in Sox to the State Speech contest when I was in high school many moons ago. What fun that was! But I can still recite the Tweedle beatle battle by heart!

No April Fools Memories that I can think of.

And thanks for stopping by my blog earlier today!

Whole Foods Living said...

Oh, the Arthur books! I loved those as a child! Thanks for the flash from the past! And, Thanks for stopping my my blog, Whole Foods Living! ~Angela

Janice said...

Oh, yes...two great books for "A"!

Lynda R Young said...

Love your A-Z Theme.

I can't think of an April Fool's trick. I did once swap a collegue's M and N keys on their keyboard. That got them stumped for a while ;)

Charmaine Clancy said...

Loved Dr Suess books as a kid!
Wagging Tales

Pam said...

Stopping by from A to Z! I like your theme for the challenge!

SherryE said...

My kids and I like taping up empty boxes and leaving them on our neighbor's doorstep like a UPS delivery.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Arlee! My husband was able to pull an April Fool's prank on me.

Our cat has a tendency to eat to fast at times, which causes him to later throw up. Well after having to wash all the bedding yesterday because the cat threw up on it, my husband told me the cat threw up on the bed today. I got quite upset, because I had two batches of laundry on the bed that needed to be folded! Well he got me good because the cat didn't throw up. Thank goodness!

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Kimberly. I like that. Recycling an April Fool's prank. : )
Have a great week!

Hi Anthony! I can only imagine the reactions of the callers after hearing something like that. I know I'd be irate!

Hi Rekha! I'm sorry that you didn't have Dr. Seuss books. Lots of fun to read. I look forward to sharing them with grandkids one day.

Hi Julie! Glad you like the theme. Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Bish! Yeah, tricks don't have to wait for April Fool's Day, do they?
: )

Hi Linda! Thanks for stopping by. I'll be sure to check out your blogs.

Hi Diane! Dr. Seuss books will be around forever.

Alana said...

I don't have an ounce of sarcasm in me, which I think is a little of a prerequisite for April Fools! It ranks right up with Halloween for holidays that make me feel painfully short of creativity!

I have seen your comments all over A to Z. Congrats for making the rounds to s many already!

Alana @

Julie said...

How fun! I love Arthur, he's such a cutie, and Dr. Seuss is a can't miss. Great idea for a theme.

I'm the world's worst at playing pranks so I can't even think of a time I fooled anyone. I am usually the one getting fooled!

Suzanne McClendon said...

I always enjoyed the Arthur and Dr. Seuss books.

I've never played a good April Fool's trick on anybody. I am creative in many things, but coming up with a prank isn't one of them. :)

Have a great day!

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

Love it that you're featuring children's books for the challenge. Can't wait to see all the great titles!!
Play off the Page

mmshaunakelley said...

I've never been a very good prankster, but I do remember being about 9 and convincing my 5 year old sister that our parents were actually aliens. Not so much a prank but a really, really mean trick, but it was April Fools.

Rita said...

I've never pranked anyone on April Fool's. Boring, I know.

You remind me that I have still a box in storage of my son's books from when he was little. He's 37! ;)

Jaime Morrow said...

I don't think I've ever remembered to play an April Fool's Day joke on anyone. Usually by the time I remember it's April Fool's Day, it's already too late :) I think I've probably fallen for the odd joke, though. Gullible? Probably :D

Joy Ciaffoni said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today. Even though I'm now an adult, I love children's stories, movies and songs. Fun blog!

Pam said...

Hi, am enjoying the challenge so far! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Margo Berendsen said...

You just reminded me - I meant to include a short list of my favorite books starting with each letter at the end of each A-Z post. I quick have to go back and add my favorite A books - Anne of Green Gables and Anna Karenina!

neer said...


Nice concept. I don't remember playing any particular April Fool prank as such (yeah, I know, pretty dull)but enjoyed the pranks pulled by others.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hello to everyone who has stopped by since my last comment! This is my first year doing the A to Z Challenge and I'm having lots of fun visiting the other blogs.

Thanks for sharing your April Fool's prank stories. I've enjoyed reading them all.

I hope everyone has an awesome week!


Sara Fowler said...

Hi Susanne, Stopping by from A-Z! I can't think of an April Fool's prank, so I think I need to come up with one for next year. Looking forward to reading your posts this month. Always liked the Arthur children's books!

ElizabethSheryl said...

I never read the Arthur books (I was a girly girl and focused my reading on Babysitter's Club, Nancy Drew and Little House) but I remember watch a few of the cartoons and he is a very sweet character.

Found you through A to Z, hello!
Successfully Underachieving

Angie said...

Love the Question of the day! Great idea.

Best April's girls and I wrote with permanent marker funny messages on toilet paper and laid them inside the toilet bowls of our house so they floated gently on top. When our other family members went to use the restroom they had humorous sayings to greet them. It was fuN!

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Sarah! Thanks for stopping by.
: )

Hi Elizabeth! Nancy Drew books were my favorite when I was growing up. Glad to see that they are still popular books to read.

Hi Angie! I like your April Fool's prank. I was thinking that it would also be fun to draw funny faces on the toilet paper. I bet that would get some interesting reactions. LOL.
: )

notes4neta said...

Thanks for popping by my blog today!
We woke up to snow coming down today, which we all felt was a nasty April Fool's joke! ;)

I love children's books. In fact, now that my kids are all grown, I still have bins of books I am storing, waiting for a grandchild to read them to!

Jane Maritz said...

I think I've got the A B C book memorized... :) And we love Arthur, but I haven't seen that particular book - I'll have to keep my eyes open at garage sales etc.

Laura Barnes said...

I love your take on the challenge. Thanks for bringing back memories of Dr. Seuss ABC book. I had that memorized once upon a time.

Joylene said...

I bet it feels like yesterday when you and your son went off to hunt down excellent children's books. They grow too fast. Our newest grandson is already 7 months old.

Thanks for the As, Susanne.


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