Synopses & Reviews
Molly Shannon has created numerous unforgettable characters on Saturday Night Live
and in movies such as Superstar
and Never Been Kissed
and now introduces young readers to her latest hilarious creation, Tilly the Trickster. Tilly is a mischievous girl who loves nothing more than causing a little trouble. From leaking cups to 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?
Molly Shannon and bestselling illustrator Ard Hoyt have crafted an exuberant and riotous story that is guaranteed to tickle the funny bones of readers and have them asking for more Tilly!
Praise for Tilly the Trickster
and#8220;Hoytand#8217;s artwork is a delightful throwback to the Little Rascalsand#8217; world. Good mean fun.and#8221; and#8211;Kirkus Reviews
"The title is terrifically cheeky, and Carpenter (Fannie in the Kitchen) outdoes herself in these mixed-media illustrations. The unnamed heroine, who resembles a cross between Ramona Quimby and Eloise, generates the title list as a result of her free-spirited, rule-breaking notions. 'I had an idea to staple my brother's hair to his pillow,' accompanies a photo-collage image of a stapler clamping onto a pillow corner, with a pen-and-ink drawing of the brother's sleeping face. Opposite, the boy, bound into his pillowcase, clings to his mother: 'I am not allowed to use the stapler anymore.' Offill (Last Things, for adults), making her children's book debut, follows with a litany of forbidden behavior encompassing everything from not being allowed to make ice cubes ('I had an idea to freeze a dead fly in the ice cube tray') to not being allowed 'to talk (even a little bit) about beavers anymore' (because she 'had an idea that [she] might run away to live with the kind and happy beavers'). Carpenter uses a fluid, elegant ink line to convey an impressive repertoire of expressions she's equally adept at portraying a playground tattletale and a mom at the end of her rope. Kids will be intrigued by the pictures' playful sense of composition as well as the heroine's brazenness, but may be caught off-guard by the abrupt conclusion. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Carpenter brings depth and texture to each spread by adjusting photo-realistic elements to scale and embedding them into the art." School Library Journal
"Clear line-and-watercolor spreads add to the fun as the outrageous little rebel lies and boasts in class and washes her hands in the dog's dinner bowl." Booklist
I had an idea to staple my brother's hair to his pillow. I am not allowed to use the stapler anymore.
Here's a kid full of ideas, all day long. For example, in the morning, gluing her brother's bunny slippers to the floor sounds like a good plan. But now she's not allowed to use glue anymore. And what about when she shows Joey Whipple her underpants they're only underpants, right? Turns out she's not allowed to do that again, either. And isn't broccoli the perfect gift for any brother? It's just too bad her parents don't think so. But she has the last laugh in this humerous first picture book by an acclaimed novelist of books for adults.
A young girl lists the seventeen things she is not allowed to do anymore, including not being able to make ice after freezing a fly in one of the cubes.
When the stapler being used to staple her brother's hair to the pillow is taken away, a young girl receives just one of her many lessons about things she is no longer allowed to do, in an amusing picture book about a curious girl and her crazy ideas.
About the Author
is the author of 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore,
Magazine Best Book of the Year and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year, and 11 Experiments That Failed,
also a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year, which Kirkus Reviews,
in a starred review, called “the most joyful and clever whimsy.”
Nancy Carpenter is the illustrator of 11 Experiments that Failed by Jenny Offill; Imogene's Last Stand by Candace Fleming; Loud Emily by Alexis O'Neill; Fannie in the Kitchen by Deborah Hopkinson; Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson, an ALA Notable Book; and Sitti's Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye, winner of the Jane Addams Picture Book Award, among other books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.