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Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Byng, Georgia

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ISBN 10: 0333984897 / ISBN 13: 9780333984895
Published by MacMillan Children's Books UK, 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Publisher: MacMillan Children's Books UK

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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Molly Moon has spent all her life in Hardwick House, a miserable orphanage run by hairy-faced Miss Adderson whose favourite punishment is making Molly clean the toilets with her toothbrush. But when she finds the mysterious book on hypnotism in the library, Molly realises she possesses an extraordinary talent. Soon she's hypnotised the cook to produce delicious Italian meals and instructed Miss Adderson to wear a pair of knickers on her head. Then she wins 3,000 pounds in a talent contest and flies to New York where she hypnotises her way into the swankiest hotel in Manhattan. But hot on Molly's trail is sinister Professor Nockman, who's determined to use her unique powers to stage a spectacular crime. The book of hypnotism is leading her into big, big trouble...Meet Molly Moon, a brilliant new character in children's literature. This sparklingly funny and original adventure story marks the debut of a talented young writer who is destined for the top of the bestseller lists.

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She might not be as photogenic as Harry Potter, but the charming Molly Moon makes up the difference in pluck in this somewhat similar story of a put-upon English orphan who finds that she has abilities beyond her wildest imagining.

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

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