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Molly Moon Books by Georgia Byng

January 6th, 2008 (01:28 pm)
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Georgia Byng burst onto the scene with Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism, a modern fantasy-comedy for ages 8 and up. So far, Byng has since written four books chronicling Molly's wild and wacky adventures.

Molly Moon is part Eloise, part Little Orphan Annie. She lives at an orphanage in Great Britain under the watchful gaze of a cold woman who does not particularly like children. Then Molly discovers a book on hypnotism at the library, and her world goes from dull to wow. She has an amazing knack for hypnotizing people and animals like, winning over the heart of audiences and the loveable pup Petunia the pug.

When Molly's best friend Rocky is adopted and taken to the USA, she goes halfway around the world to find him. Then her hypnotic powers catch the eye of a crook that she has to out-wit. While traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States and back again, Molly and her friends share plenty of in-jokes and cool slang from both countries, not to mention a dog-napping, a dastardly villain, a bank robbery, a Broadway show and more!

After learning how to hypnotize people all over the world, rescuing her pet pug Petunia from being dog-napped, you'd think Molly would have had enough adventures to last a lifetime. However, the evildoers of the world simply aren't done doing evil. So begins the second book, Molly Moon Stops the World. Molly finds herself on a plane to Los Angeles, where she and her best friend Rocky discover that Primo Cell, a powerful, rich public figure, has been controlling celebrities - and has learned how to stop time! Of course, that is not enough for Cell. Now he wants to be President of the United States.

Molly Moon Stops the World has enough tongue-in-cheek references to the media, advertising, award shows, celebrities and politicians to keep adults interested and smirking. There is plenty of time-stopping action and spy-like work by the young protagonists to get kids oohing and aahing.

The third story, Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure, is exactly what the title implies. After Petula gets dog-napped, Molly chases the devious Maharaja of Waqt to India. They jump back in time to 1870, where Molly meets new friends, new fiends, camels, and others.

Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure is similar to the previous two books in tone and style. It is cute and fun. It explores the time travel twist - how do you keep the past intact and manage not to change the future? It also talks a bit about various cultures and religions.

I have not yet read the fourth book, Molly Moon, Micky Minus, & the Mind Machine, but I plan on doing so.