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|2011-02-17 - Celebrity News|
Damian Grass - Celebrity News Service Reporter
Comedienne Molly Shannon wants kids to become "little tricksters" in new children's book
New York City, NY, United States (CNS) -- From "SNL" to the big screen, Molly Shannon has proven to be a comedy icon, but the funny lady and mother of two is bringing her zaniness and corky personality to her new children's book, "Tilly the Trickster."
Shannon's publishing company announced Wednesday the book will be released in September, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Shannon's book tells the tale of a feisty, young prankster named Tilly, an idea that came to the comedienne's mind after reading other children's books to her kids - Stella, 7, and Nolan, 5.
"I've always been interested in writing a children's book, but I didn't want to do it until I had kids. After reading so many books out loud to Stella and Nolan, I started to feel comfortable with those types of stories, and I thought it was something I could do myself," she told the magazine. "I noticed that my kids really responded to the stories I'd make up, even more than the ones I'd read to them. I told them a bunch of stories about the Mahoneys, a family in my neighborhood growing up that had ten kids. They loved the parts where the kids would get in trouble or play tricks, and that's where the idea came from."
While Shannon said she encourages her children to play harmless tricks on their friends and on her, she credits her father for making her childhood more fun and spontaneous.
"He was always so silly and playful, getting us to play games, put on wigs, and do silly things. I wanted to pass that sense of fun onto them," she said. "I think it's so great for creativity when kids play little tricks on each other or on someone else, as long as it's nothing harmful or dangerous, just to surprise people and see how they react."
Shannon said the characters she had created while on "Saturday Night Live," including Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher and 50-year-old dancer Sally O'Malley, were all mischievous and silly in their own way. And she hopes her young readers will understand the book's message "to embrace the silliness and fun of life."
"For my kids in school, it's all "be quiet, listen, criss-cross applesauce," and I get that. But sometimes I want kids to just let 'er rip!"
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