Tuesday, October 11, 2011
A Visit With Molly Shannon
Like Molly, her first children's book entitled Tilly the Trickster has a wee bit of mischief running through it.
Tilly is a young girl who enjoys making others laugh. The problem is, the target(s) of her pranks don't always share Tilly's jolly sense of amusement.
It's a slippery slope young Tilly finds herself on when she tricks her music teacher Mrs. Mooney ( I love that name. Could it be Mr. Mooney's wife from Here's Lucy?) and tastes the bitter fruit of her shenanigans.
Of course, it all works out in the end. Well, at least...until tomorrow.
I am an unabashed fan of children's books so it comes as no surprise that I would be singing the praises of one on this blog, but I also am an old classmate of Molly's from our college days at New York University. Therefore, my endorsement comes with an added level of pride and support.
It has been over 20 years since I last saw Molly but when I spotted her at a book reading/signing at Barnes & Noble it truly felt like I was stepping easily back into the past.
It was nice to reconnect and I took the opportunity to invite her to visit my class to do a reading for my first grade students. What children's book author doesn't enjoy getting feedback on their efforts in the form of laughter, giggles, questions and applause?
The visit hasn't happened (yet) but I remain confident that when time allows Molly will WOW the kids with Tilly the Trickster!
Click here and here to learn more about Molly and Tilly.