Mar 12

April Fool, Phyllis!

by Hannah Holt »


‘Round here, we like mischief!

That’s why we were excited to hear Susanna Leonard Hill has a new picture book for April Fools’ Day.

It’s called April Fool, Phyllis!, and it tells the story of a groundhog named Phyllis and her April 1st shenanigans.

Part of the fun of this book is a treasure hunt that you and your kids can puzzle out. After reading the story, my kids wanted to do their own Phyllis hunt. We dug through their stuffed animal collection to find a good Phyllis. We didn’t have a groundhog, but we found an otter, whom we promptly accessorized and named Phyllis II:


{Phyllis I}     and      { Phyllis II}

Ever since, we’ve been busy hiding Phyllis all over.

It’s added a lot of amusement and anticipation leading up to April Fools’ Day. Check out April Fool, Phyllis! and see if Phyllis can’t add fun to your day, too.

  1. Joanna

    I want a Phyllis I or II. I love Phyllis II’s green outfit! There is so much happiness and fun in this post. Phyllis is clearly a great guest to have! Happy travels, Phyllis!

  2. Heather

    I love the idea of having a Phyllis treasure hunt! Well done :)

  3. Tara Oliver

    cute book! I like the otter hunt, too. we may have to look into it!

  4. Kirsten

    What a fun idea, Hannah. The treasure hunt was one of the boys’ favorite parts of the book too.

  5. Mom Holt

    You make mischief look like fun! Love your ideas!

  6. Hannah Holt

    Mischief is fun, and so is Phyllis! I think there needs to be an official plush Phyllis.

  7. Beth Stilborn

    Oooh! I have an otter! (His name is Waverley, but he’d likely enjoy being cousin of Phyllis I and II!)

    Love this post.

  8. Natalie

    What a fun idea! Too bad I didn’t see this post until AFTER Phyllis left Texas. We would have loved to have a treasure hunt with her. So creative! :)

  9. Susanna Leonard Hill

    Hannah, this is wonderful! I love your idea of a Phyllis II and a home treasure hunt! The otter is perfect, and I’m not even going to ask how you accessorized with green overalls! Either you had some tiny green overalls lying around or you sew much better than I do (I use duct tape – does that give you a clue?) LOVE the pictures! Thank you for having Phyllis!

  10. Susanna Leonard Hill

    P.S. I have been longing for a plush Phyllis for years! Write to Holiday House :)

  11. Hannah Holt

    Beth, Waverly is a great name for an otter. He and Phyllis are obviously cousins at heart!

    Kristen, I loved your SoCal post! Awesome picture of a fighter jet!

    Natalie, I think Phyllis felt right at home in TX.

    Thanks, Susanna… Don’t look too closely at my stitching! Her breaches are busting. :)

  12. Erik -This Kid Reviews Books

    AWWW! I want the little Phyllis! The treasure hunt sounds fun!

  13. Hannah Holt

    Thanks, Erik. It was fun!

  14. Penny Klostermann

    Hannah-I am doing a little catching up on some of Phyllis’s stops. I love this post! Phyllis must have had a great time hiding in all those different places.

  15. Rebecca Fyfe

    I love that you created your own “Phyllis” to go with the book! What a creative and original idea! :)

  16. clarbojahn

    Thanks for sharing your visit with the now famous Phyllis. I love hearing about her Famous World Tour.