Monday 27 March 2017

Sneaky tricks to play on your little ones this April Fools’ Day

Just in time for April Fools’ Day, multi-award-winning, bestselling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen have conspired again on a slyly funny tale about some very sneaky shapes in Triangle. We’re feeling particularly sneaky at WalkerHQ and have put together some suggestions to trick your little ones this April Fools’ Day.

  • The inedible breakfast. The night before, pour a bowl of your child’s favourite cereal, add milk and put in freezer. For added effect, make some jelly and pour into a glass, add a straw and put in fridge to set, ready for the breakfast table the next morning!
  • The fridge is alive! Stick googly eyes on EVERYTHING in the fridge. In the morning ask your child to get something from the fridge and watch their reaction as they see all the eyes looking out at them.
  • TV no more. Put tape over the sensors of the TV remote just before their favourite programme starts, then watch their confusion as they try to change the channel.
  • The upside down house. Turn everything in your sitting room upside down – picture frames, furniture, rugs, as much as possible!
  • Bedtime Switcheroo. Wait until the kids are asleep and then quietly move them into each other's beds. When they wake up, take photos of their surprised faces.
  • Colourful bath time. Unscrew the cap to the bath tap, put a pellet of food dye under it, then screw the cap back on. Watch your child’s amazement as you run them a blue, green or pink bath!
  • Sticky money. Superglue a pound coin to the garden path and watch them try and pick it up.
  • The backwards dinner. Serve everything backwards, starting with pudding first!

Meet Triangle. He is going to play a sneaky trick on his friend, Square. Or so Triangle thinks...

This mischievous, shifty-eyed story about some very sneaky shapes is the first tale in an exciting new shape trilogy that approaches the traditional concept from a whole new angle.

You can get your hands on Triangle at your local bookshopHappy reading! 

About Jon Klassen
Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of I Want My Hat Back, We Found a Hat and This Is Not My Hat, the only book to ever win both the Kate Greenaway and Caldecott Medal. He also illustrated Mac Barnett's Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, and served as an illustrator on the animated feature film Coraline. His illustrations for Caroline Stutson's Cats Night Out won the Governor General's Award in 2010. Originally from Niagara Falls, Canada, Jon now lives in Los Angeles, California. Find Jon online at and on Twitter as @burstofbeaden.


About Mac Barnett
Mac Barnett is the author of several award-winning books for children, including President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, which won a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and a Caldecott Honor. Mac Barnett lives in California, USA. Find Mac online at and on Twitter as @macbarnett.