Summary and book reviews of Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng

Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism

by Georgia Byng

Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism
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  • First Published:
    May 2003, 368 pages
    Paperback:
    Apr 2004, 400 pages

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A brilliant story about a determined young girl with big dreams that is sure to mesmerize children and adults alike---prepare to be dazzled! Ages 8+.

Orphan Molly Moon hates living in Hardwick House. For starters, the orphanage is run by hairy-faced Miss Adderstone, who makes Molly clean the toilets with her toothbrush. Mean Hazel Hackersly torments her and to make matters worse, Molly's best friend Rocky has just been adopted and is moving to New York City!

But when Molly stumbles upon a mysterious old book on hypnotism her world is suddenly turned upside down. With a dazzling flash of her bright green eyes, she discovers that she has the amazing power to make people do things – crazy things. There's nothing holding Molly back now, and what better place to begin her adventures than in spectacular New York City as a Broadway superstar?

What Molly doesn't know is that a sinister stranger is following her with dastardly plans of his own...

Chapter One

Molly Moon looked down at her pink, blotchy legs. It wasn't the bathwater that was making them mottled like Spam; they were always that color. And so skinny. Maybe one day, like an ugly duckling turning into a swan, her knock-kneed legs might grow into the most beautiful legs in the world. Some hope.

Molly leaned back until her curly brown hair and her ears were under the water. She stared at the fly-specked yellow paint that was peeling off the wall and at the damp patch on the ceiling where strange mushrooms grew. Water filled her ears and the world sounded foggy and far away.

Molly shut her eyes. It was an ordinary November evening, and she was in a shabby bathroom in a crumbling building called the Hardwick House Orphanage. She imagined flying over it like a bird, looking down at its gray slate roof and its bramble-filled garden. She imagined flying higher until she was looking down on the hillside where Hardwick village lay. Up and up she went until Hardwick...

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Bottom-line is it's just a fun-filled, wacky read. The plot's a little sketchy in places, but that really doesn't matter.  

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Kirkus Reviews

Molly's solutions to problems are amusing and all evil is redeemed. The salvation of archetypically evil (and archetypically disgusting) villains is dissatisfying in a tale that seems otherwise to be drawing on Roald Dahl and Lemony Snickett. Clumsy, but amusing. (Fiction. 8-11)

Publishers Weekly

Byng creates a lively symphony of hilarious escapades and madcap chases by adding some unexpected nuances to the time-proven theme of the mistreated orphan....Both humor and moral lessons are played at a loud volume, reminding readers in a light-hearted way that instant success can be a burden as well as a blessing. Ages 8-12.

Amazon.com.uk

A fabulous jaunty novel.

Vogue

Molly Moon is the sort of adventure story that will have adults and children alike scrabbling for the second volumeā€¦

The Independent

A mesmerising tale of wish-fulfillment.

The Sunday Times

Spellbinding reading.

The Daily Telegraph

Another challenger for the crowns of JK Rowling and Philip Pullman!

Reader Reviews

Sensei Mutton

Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism
This is a great book. There is a whole series to it, and I'm starting on the 2nd book soon!

Hailey

Molly Moon's incredible book of Hypnotism, really is incredible!
This book is amazing! I couldn't put the book down! The problems are well thought out. That's why I totally, give this book a five and two thumbs up!

cheetahgirl 101

THIS IS AN AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When my friends told me this book rocked i thought it would just be another strange book that they said was good but the minute I started reading it I could not put it down! This book is definitely in my top ten i cant wait to read number 2! Also I ...   Read More

clawz

greatness
The greatness of this book is its very real it instantly grabs the reader and has a death grip until the last page, in which it gives them a nice pat on the head sending them out to scour the globe to try to find a better piece of literature. It ...   Read More

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