April Fool’s Day is one of my favorite times of the year, following Christmas, my birthday, and Halloween. It’s definitely in my top five.
During my childhood, I was the one putting sugar in the salt shakers and cellophane over the toilet. As a result, the literary characters with mischievous streaks ended up ranking high on my list of most beloved. Here are a few that stand out:
- Tom Sawyer – This guy could punk friends like nobody’s business. Anyone who could turn a profit from being told to whitewash a fence as punishment is okay by me.
- Puck – You can’t get more mischievous than turning someone into a donkey – unless you have the Fairy Queen fall in love with the ass! The way Puck treats poor Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream is classic mischief at its finest.
- Carrie’s Classmates – It’s bad enough tricking someone into thinking they’re Prom Queen, but dumping pig’s blood over their head? It’s no wonder the title character of Stephen King’s classic horror novel sought revenge.
- Gollum & Bilbo – Each half of this pair of Tolkien favorites tries to use riddles to his advantage. I wholly support this type of wordplay.
- The Cat in the Hat – “My tricks are not bad,” said the Cat in the Hat. “Why, we can have lots of good fun, if you wish, with a game that I call UP-UP-UP with a fish!” (Enough said!)