Funny lady and Saturday Night Live alum, Molly Shannon, has just
published Tilly the Trickster, her first
During an Anderson's Bookshop-hosted reading at Wentz Concert
Hall in Naperville, Shannon introduced the audience to her
mischievous title character, a little girl who loves playing tricks
- think leaking cups and toothpaste-flavored cookies.
Tilly has a trick for everyone: her mom, dad, brother,
classmates, and even her teacher. But when the tables are turned
and her family does some scheming of its own, will Tilly decide to
change her trickster ways?
Lively illustraions by Ard Hoyt give the story sparkle. Says
Molly, "I wanted the story to be fun and easy to read for the
parent; I wrote it in a way that I thought would be fun to perform
A candid Q+A session with Molly followed, and not only were
audience members treated to her infectious smile and a few of her
best known impressions - "Superstar!" - but they also learned a few
things: her favorite word is "rascal," she was in a car accident as
a child that killed her mother, three-year-old sister and
25-year-old cousin, and that she's incredibly grateful to be a
mother of two equally hilarious children.
"I can't believe I have children and I get to be a mother - that
alone is deeply fulfilling for me," she said.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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