- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 0780 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (January 17, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399550402
- ISBN-13: 978-0399550409
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Molly & Pim and the Millions of Stars Hardcover – January 17, 2017
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From School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—In this Australian import, 10-year-old Molly just wants to be normal. She is jealous of her best friend Ellen's organized parents, clean house, and prepackaged muesli bars from the grocery store. Molly, on the other hand, has a space cadet mother who wanders off into the woods to gather herbs, makes potions, fills the house with odd trinkets, and prepares strange homemade food for Molly's lunch. But as annoying as her mother can be, when she accidentally turns herself into a tree, Molly is devastated—and desperate to get her back. The problem is that she's too embarrassed to tell anyone what has happened, except for Pim, a fellow misfit. When Molly's mean neighbors threaten to chop down her mother's tree, the situation becomes all the more urgent. Ultimately, Molly discovers that love, trust, and friendship matter more than being "normal." Molly and her friends are fully realized characters in a richly developed world. VERDICT Imaginative middle graders will relish this gentle story with a fairy-tale feel. A stellar addition.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA
"Imaginative middle graders will relish this gentle story with a fairy-tale feel." — School Library Journal, starred review
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I loved that it showed that people and families can be different but that different is not bad, there can be good in different things/people, we don't all have to be the same. I like that Molly appreciated the perspective that she gained through going through a hard time. I also loved her notebook at the end. :)
Most people likely won't mind the issues that I had with it,and those issues were not enough to dissuade me from recommending it or thinking that it is a worthwhile book.
Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars is a novel by Australian author and illustrator, Martine Murray. Molly lives in a house with her mama, Claudine the cat and Maudie the black-and-white collie dog. They live next to Ernest and Prudence Grimshaw, staunch, zipped-up, sneering people who are always complaining. Their latest gripe is about being woken by the early-morning crowing of mama and Milly’s rooster, the Gentleman.
Molly loves her mama, but she wishes she were a bit more normal, like her best friend, Ellen’s mama, who lives in a normal house, drives a normal car and puts apricot muesli bars in Ellen’s lunchbox. Molly’s mama collects wild herbs at dawn, rides a yellow bike with two seats and tries to solve the problem of the complainers in an original way. But something goes a bit wrong, and suddenly, Molly’s mama is a tree. The mama tree is beautiful and different (just like Molly’s mama), with strange and delicious fruit, but it doesn’t cook. And while eating as many chocolate cashew balls as she wants for dinner is nice, Molly longs for mama’s black-eyed pea autumn stew.
Molly is afraid to tell Ellen what has happened: Ellen might be horrified and might not want to be her friend. But when Pim Wilder comes along, Molly thinks he might be able to help: “Pim was like a walk in the woods at dusk: full of darkness and brightness both at once, he was restless and unfitting, pouncing on ideas and lifting them out of the dark. Pim’s world was the mysterious world of owls, stars, animals and earth”
Murray gives the reader a truly delightful tale and adorns her text with charming illustrations, and Imogen Stubbs has provided a sparkling cover. Molly, her mama and her friends have words of wisdom and insightful observations. Murray’s descriptive prose is often lovely: “The world was never completely still and quiet, but the night had a special sort of hushed activity. Things rustled and seemed hidden within the blackness, and it was as if dreams bloomed like shadows and escaped from their moorings and grew in momentous, invisible ways”. Ultimately, Molly learns: “Everyone has their own world: you, me, Pim Wilder, everyone. We’re all like little stars, shining as hard as we can, with our own particular kind of light”. A magical read. 4.5 stars
I was not sure what to expect with this book.
Actually picked it up for my daughter to read because of the blurb about fans of Rooftoppers so thought she would like it since that book is one of her top 5 favorites.
She is older than the target audience for this book and maybe that is why she could not get into it just yet.
It took me a bit to get into it as well. Not sure why though because once I was done reading it am honestly glad I did not give up on it.
Has a bit of odd flair to it but in the end there is just so much meaning behind the relationships in the book.
From the mother daughter to the girls friendship as well as Molly's new found friendship with Pim.
Yes there is magic in this book but not any kind of black wicked magic but more earth or spirit connections.
Molly longs to be what she considers to be "normal" not the quirky way she sees herself and her mother.
However once her mom has managed to turn herself into a tree in their backyard Molly comes to realize how much she in fact needs that bit of being different than everyone else around. Yes in the end their relationship is not the same as it was before but it is even better.
So much depth to the meaning behind the adventure that Molly is facing and she gets help from people in her life that she never dreamed.
Overall this is just such a wonderful story filled with charm and childlike innocence.
Wonderful read for the target age group.
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