Book of the Week: Tilly the Trickster

Book of the Week, Children's

Tilly the Trickster by Molly Shannon Illustrated by Ard Hoyt

Published: 2011 by Abrams Books for Young Readers

Reasons Why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

This is a book that’s been on my to read list for a while. It was worth the wait!

Main character Tilly has real spunk. I like that in a character.

Tilly is a real trickster. From the moment she wakes in the morning to the moment she’s tucked into bed in the evening.

Some of the tricks Tilly pulls are harmless, but others … not so much. For example, when Tilly pokes a small hole in her fathers water cup, watch dribbled out. But unfortunately the excess water ends up on the floor causing the family dog to crash into the table knocking everything off it. Tilly’s father, who’s dressed for work, ends up drenched.

I love how this book shows that every child, no matter how alike they appear, have unique personalities all their own.

Tilly the Trickster also shows that what one person finds funny another may not find as funny. Especially those on the receiving end of the trick.

Even though playing tricks on family, friends, and teachers may be funny it can often lead to trouble.

Tilly may be a trickster but she isn’t cruel. She learns her lessons, and quickly realizes that tricks could lead to more than hurt feelings.

There are some serious laugh out loud moments.

This is a great story fit for both boys and girls, young and old alike.

The writing is as quick-witted and funny as Tilly herself.

The illustrations pop! They bring all of Tilly’s tricks to life.

All the colors of the illustration match Tilly’s unique personality – they’re bold, bright, and full of flavor!

I love how this book shows even if a family member or two may get upset by your tricks, at the end of the day, the accept and love you for who you are.

The book shows for every action, there is an equal reaction. ¬†When Tilly pulls a particularly funny, but wrong, trick on her music teacher (she gives her an extra hot hard candy, telling her its sweet strawberry flavor), she’s taken to the principal’s office immediately, and punished for her actions.

Tilly always has a trick up her sleeve.

Overall this was a really fun book to read.