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Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism Paperback – April 13, 2004
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Georgia Byng's debut novel has already swept to such success that it's due for translation in over 20 countries, with a movie version following close behind (produced by Harry Potter's David Heyman, natch). And with such a genuinely likeable (if straightforward) story and heroine, it's not hard to see why. Molly Moon struggles to survive in Hardwick House, an orphanage apparently run by and for caricatures--the beastly mistress Miss Adderstone and her bad-tempered pug, the muscly Gordon Boils (who tattooed "KING GORD" on the fingers of his fists with a compass and ink), creepy Roger Fibbin with his "sharp nose and cold, spying eyes." But as all wish-fulfillment adventures must go, Molly's life is changed one fateful day, as an arcane book draws out her special talent--she can hypnotize anybody to do anything she wants!
Byng makes good use of her otherwise mundane cast with plenty of wry asides (like Molly's fixation on the transformative promise of advertising), great running jokes (especially the metamorphosis of the orphanage's hard-boiled cook into a proud Italian capocuoco), some clever plot sleight-of-hand, and ample funny descriptions (as when Molly finds herself in the Royal Suite at the Waldorf: "She wasn't sure about the Jacuzzi. It was like ten monsters farting in her bath all at once."). (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Molly Moon is an orphan at the Hardwick House orphanage, which is run by horrible Miss Adderstone. Miss Adderstone doesn't like Molly and Molly hates her. In fact, no one likes Molly, except her best (and only) friend, Rocky. Molly keeps getting into trouble and she thinks her life is horrible, until she finds "HYPNOTISM -- AN ANCIENT ART EXPLAINED" by Dr. Logan in a library. An American man wanted it, but he thought the librarian had lost it and Molly sneaks it away. She soon discovers she is a natural hypnotist and has many people under her control. Unfortunately, while she had had a big argument with Rocky and wasn't speaking to him, he had been adopted by some Americans who had come to visit the orphanage. So, after winning the Briersville Talent Competition, she takes her money and boards a plane to New York, with Miss Adderstone's pug, Petula, whom she had hypnotized into liking her. She checks into the most expensive room of the most expensive hotel in Manhattan and seeks fame and fortune. But the American man, Professor Nockman, is on her trail and he wishes to use her hypnotic powers to commit a huge bank robbery. Molly is very confused and she soon finds a life of fame and fortune isn't as good as it seems and she is determined to find a better one, by being herself. Molly faces many challenges and changes a lot. In the end, she no longer thinks her life is horrible; she finds it's very good.
It's amazing to see how Molly changes, as a person. A lot of changes also happen around her and Molly is faced with many surprises. In the end, she learns that she likes herself just the way she is and so do other people. This is a lovely book and a must-read for every booklover.
Molly's only safe haven is the town's library. During one visit she discovers a book on hypnotism, shelved incorrectly because the H has been torn off. She finds out that someone else has been searching for this book, the evil Professor Nockman. (Can a Professor be this evil?) He has travelled from the United States to obtain this book, and Molly overhears his
ranting and raving when the book is not available. She sneaks it out and now her adventure begins.
As she reads the book and perfects the art of hypnosis, her world is turned upside-down. Her many escapades are entertaining and cause you to cheer inside.
While orphans and evil adults seem to be a recurring theme in many books for young people, the author is successful in keeping one's interest. The twists and turns are exciting.
I think that most young people will be fascinated by this book.
Between the tremendous amount of trickery and the author's attempts to excuse her main characters' bad behaviors, the book's message is nowhere near, "honesty is the best policy." The simplistic writing added little to its likeability. In summary: a basic book with a hypnotic plot filled with mixed messages. Better: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, and Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We first stumbled upon this book on audiobook, some four years ago. We were instantly captivated, and proceeded to read all the other books in the series within weeks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Kid Book Reviewers
I grew up with this book and I have always loved the relatabity of the main character.Published 2 months ago by Deej
An amusing story. Molly develops over the course of the story and she is a believable, warm and funny lead character. Besides it has got a pug in it, so what is not to like? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Theo Visser
Loved this book as a kid so I bought it for my littlest sister and she devoured it! She finished it in a day! Definitely buying the rest of the series.Published 12 months ago by Jenni C.
Full of action. it was very interesting. I like the part about the librarian. I would love to be able to hypnotize people.Published 14 months ago by Lisa moringouger
Loved this book so much when my daughter was a child that I bought the book for my future grandchildren. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kat123
It is interesting with lots of twists and turns, especially when she goes to New York. Just watch out for the end!Published 16 months ago by Xiaofei Diao