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Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism

(Molly Moon #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  21,678 ratings  ·  859 reviews
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Hypnotism

Molly Moon is no ordinary orphan. When she finds a mysterious old book on hypnotism, she discovers she can make people do whatever she wants. But a sinister stranger is watching her every move and he'll do anything to steal her hypnotic secret...
Paperback, 371 pages
Published April 13th 2004 by HarperCollins (first published 2002)
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Jenny I just finished reading the book to my 6 year-old. She reads at an advanced level (maybe 4th grade?), and may have been able to read this on her own,…moreI just finished reading the book to my 6 year-old. She reads at an advanced level (maybe 4th grade?), and may have been able to read this on her own, but it would have been a stretch. She was disappointed there were no pictures. However, she was able to follow the story well and liked it. So my guess the younger age for this would be 8-ish?(less)
Moon If you enjoyed this book, there is a whole website dedicated to the series with games, art activities and information about the soon to be released…moreIf you enjoyed this book, there is a whole website dedicated to the series with games, art activities and information about the soon to be released movie: www . mollymoonsworld . com

You will also find a list of recommended reading - Georgia Byng's favourite children/teen books. (less)

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Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much.
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lacee Jarnagin

My review is over the book "Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism" by Georgia Byng. This book shares a story of a misunderstood, awkward orphan child, who discovers she possesses amazing "powers" and creates an incredible life for herself using a book of hypnotism.
This book is about an orphan young named Molly Moon hates living in Hardwick House. Every day she is 'bullied' by Miss Adderstone, the owner of the orphanage, who makes Molly's life miserable. Her best and
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism is really the first book that wowed me. It was a mix of everything I adored. It had the elements of a fantasy, but yet when it was so unreal at times, at others it was just simply about this average potato-nosed, green eyed, skinny, akward looking girl named Molly. By displaying how average Molly was, it made the elements of fantasy in the story seem more believable. I think that a good story balances out the unreal parts of it by adding some regular ...more
I really cannot express how much I love this book. I first read it when I was nine and now eight years later I am still enchanted by it. I also cannot remember just how many times I've read it, but each time I finish it I fall in love with it even more. And, each time I start it I attempt to savour every sentence, only to be drawn into it completely and have a marathon reading session for the last quarter of the book.

Molly breathed in the fresh cold night air and grinned at the still, sleeping
Aug 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all the children lit lovers!
Recommended to Wezy by: No one at all!
Orphan Molly Moon was found as a baby in a box marked 'Moon's Marshmallows'.

For ten miserable years she's lived under the cruel rule of Miss Adderstone in grim Hardwick House. But her life changes overnight when she finds a mysterious book on hypnotism and discovers an amazing talent - the power to make people do anything she want them to.

Escaping from the orphange, Molly flies to New York in search of fame and fortune. But her adventures in hypnotism lead her into the clutches of a dangerous
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Molly Moon is an eleven year old British orphan who, at first, hates her life but then one day she stumbles upon a big book of hyonotism and discovers that she has a telent for hypnotizing people (the bad thing is that she steals the book). She soon hypnotizes her way to New York and gets a major part in a Broadway musical, all through hypnotism. But there's an evil "professor" of hypnotism who wants to get the book back and also wants to blackmail Molly into staging a
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am far from being a kid, but I read this kids' book while on vacation because the house we were renting happened to have it. Before I started, I thought it would be a poor rendition in the Harry Potter/magical/fantastical genre, but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised and quite enjoyed it. It's about a young girl in an orphanage who is typically picked on and made fun of. She finds that she has the power to hypnotize people, and through pluck and ingenuity, embarks on escapades and ...more
Adorable story! Brought back the good old childhood memories when I enjoyed reading Roald Dhal. Looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
~~~Davidna From Angel ~~~
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it

".Molly Moon, an orphan at Hardwick House Orphanage in Briersville, England, is living a "boring and plain" life with her best friend Rocky Scarlet, another orphan. She is described as being plain looking with a large "potato" nose, wobbly knees and green eyes. She is usually beaten down upon by Ms. Adderstone, the woman in charge of the orphanage, and Hazel, a snobby orphan girl. During a cross-country race at school, Molly and Rocky have a fight and Molly storms away to the town library. As
Jan 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
I read this because J.B. said it was the best book he's ever read and it's been awhile since I've read a chapter book at his level.
I understand his enjoyment--story of plain, awkward orphan child who discovers she possesses amazing talents and skills and creates an incredible life for herself.
As for my adult critique--the writing wasn't that great, the hypnotism was way over-used. (Mollie is explaining her gift of hypnotism to Rocky while he is hypnotizing her, while she and he have both been
Destinee Sutton
May 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 8-12
I quite enjoyed this. It's a refreshing fantasy-adventure tale in that our young, parent-less heroine isn't trying to save the world from the ultimate evil (aren't you getting a little sick of that worn-out plot?) but instead escaping an awful life and having her every wish fulfilled. Until, of course, she realizes that having your every wish fulfilled is never all it's cracked up to be. True, it's a little cheeseball with the moral, but, like I said, I enjoyed it, and I don't doubt that many ...more
Book Review Team
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism is about a girl who stumbles upon a hypnotism book. Molly practices and practices but she just has a natural talent so she doesn't have to practice very hard. She has a best friend, Rockey, who gets adopted without telling her! Molly winds up in New York City trying to find him. if you like page-turning mysteries, this is an amazing book and you will find yourself up for hours reading, I know I was. 5 stars -RGM
Alisha B
Molly’s is an average child’s fantasy. “Oh, how I wish I could get back at Mom for making me eat lima beans. She knows I hate them, that’s why she gives it to me!” The idea of being able to get revenge for being served vegetables they hate and being force-marched to bed at 9 o’clock makes Molly Moon a fun and silly read for the 8-12 crowd.

I also made the mistake of reading it by myself. It was actually a restart. Mags and I had started reading it last spring and had to set it aside when we were
Alyce Hunt
I was talking to one of my best friend's about this series, and how much I loved it when I was younger. I started off really enjoying this reread, but I quickly grew disenchanted with Molly's abuse of her hypnotic powers.
Based on the character development she goes through during this first installment, I think I'm going to enjoy the other books in the series far more. Sadly, at the moment I'm feeling a little disappointed.
Maybe I should stop rereading my favourite children's books, because
I don't remember much about this book except for the fact that i LOVED it.
Tess (Book_Voyage)
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book was so good that once I started it I just could not put it down! I also remember seeing this book during my childhood and always wanting to read it. I’m so glad that I finally did! I think what attracted me to this series the most were the cute covers with Petula on them. But why is she blue? I don’t know!
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Molly Moon, Rocky Scarlett & Petula’s New York City adventures. It also had several important lessons that I think anyone could benefit
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
The next day, Molly was sure that soon enough she could find Rocky, no matter what. Molly went downstairs and, since Miss Anderstone was of a bad humor today, then she told her to come to her office after breakfast. In breakfast, Edna, who was hypnotized, served Molly a wonderful breakfast, meanwhile, the people Molly hated or made fun of her ate a spicy breakfast. Hazel said a bad comment about Edna's food and Edna got really mad, in that moment, Miss Anderstone told edna to come to her office ...more
I know this book is geared to those of a younger age than me, but this is still one of my all time favorite series. Molly moon is living every child’s dream, especially mine. I would read the books and feel that I was the character. Sometimes all of the things she could do I found to be just plain unfair, and I would sometimes feels jealous that somebody could do all of those things, and find a magic hypnotism book. I guess that's what any author would want though, to have their characters ...more
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism was a great book! It was a constant page turner filled with suspense on each page. This book was adventurous and made me feel like I was there watching the whole thing happen! Even when I was not reading the book, I still felt like I was In Molly's world. The book was about a young orphan named Molly, who found the key to her life... the book of hypnotism. Ever since the book landed in Molly's hands, it had changed her life forever. She had traveled from ...more
Jul 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
HA HA what a hillarious read! In this amazing and well...hypnotizing novel, you will learn about a girl named Molly Moon with an extraordinary talent, hypnotism. Watch as she uses her electric green eyes and drowsy voice to set people all over into trances. Follow Molly as she puts people into trances and even uses her powers to rob a jewel bank! all for a good cause though. Of course she has to learn how to hypnotise and that is where the old book she finds in the school library comes in. This ...more
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the first book of the Molly Moon series. In this book, Molly lives a dismal life in the Hardwick Orphanage, and the owner is a cranky old lady, whose name is Mrs. Ardwick. Mrs. Ardwick not fond of little children, but that is exactly what Molly is: a little girl. She has only one friend, named Rocky. She and Rocky have to face Mrs. Ardwick's bad temper, breath, and lots and lots of work. But one day, when Molly is lolling around in the library, she finds a book about hypnotism. She finds ...more
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: to-read-cdb
As another Goodreads reviewer wrote, "I despise reading about bullies. And if I do have to read about them, there better be a good payoff in the end."

The payoff was there but it was way late and a dollar short.

I found none of the characters to be likable enough to inspire my attention and the moral, the lesson, the moment of redemption, remorse and reconfiguring, was not boldly drawn so as to make up for the pages and pages and pages of selfish, irresponsible behavior perpetrated by all of the
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The dull orphan of Hardwick House Orphanage is like aby ordinary orphan. Molly Moon who has been in the orphanage since a baby was never adopted by any other visitor but has been in the orphanage for 12 years! She whom was found in a box on the doorstep of Hardwick House Orphanagee. But ever since the curious and adventurous Mooly Moon discover a library next to the orphanage, she learned many secrets. But there's something about the librarian. She seems quite fishy that librarian had some kind ...more
Karen Field
Mar 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng is a children’s book that breaks all the rules. When an agent or a publisher tells a writer that they cannot write about people smoking, or about children doing naughty things (like stealing and running away)…don’t listen to them, because this book has all these things and more.

The author tells an interesting story about an orphan girl who finds an old book on Hypnotism in the local library. The girl’s name is Molly Moon and she discovers
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was really cute, but at the same time pretty sad. Seriously, if I was Molly, I would totally rebel. Rebel against everything in that awful hell-hole of an orphanage. She is like a priest for having such tolerance for all of the disrespect and vulgarity she is given there. If someone told me that I had to wash out all of the toilet bowls with my own tooth brush for a week as a penalty to "using too much bathwater" I would WITHOUT A DOUBT not do it. I really hope that things ...more
Sep 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Molly Moon, Is a 12 year old girl who was living in a orrible orphanage run by the evil Mrs. Agnerstone. She gave ridiculous punsishments to the smallest of things and paid particular attention to making Molly's life more horrible then ever in her orphanage Hardwick house. Molly has been living there since she was jst a baby no more then a years old and she was found on the doorstep, her life was awful from that day on until she mysteriously fell upon a 100 yr old book in her library, that book ...more
Mar 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Grades: 4 to 6 Genre: Adventure
Molly Moon is an orphan at the most miserable orphanage, Hardwick House, but her life takes a turn for the better when she finds a book on hypnotism in an unused corner of the library. Molly then uses this book to hypnotize her way out of the orphanage but she is not the only one who knows about the book and evil Professor Nockman will stop at nothing to get it for himself. Using the skills that she has learned, Molly sets out to find her best friend, Rocky, who
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, paranormal
Okay, well I started reading this book thinking it'd be a good read. When Molly started using hypnosis, the book was getting better and better... and then it got boring. I skipped pages, just to finish it fast. And what do I see when I skip a few pages? The kids decide to stop using hypnosis and be fair. I mean, WTF?! You can hypnotize whoever you want, get whatever you want, and you decide to throw it all away! Why can't someone finally write a book about people using their special powers for ...more
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing

This book took me by surprise. As a teacher I ask students to review books for me to spread my reach. One girl kept gushing about this book so I took the time to read it and I am glad I did. This book will pull you in. It has about everything you want in a book- suspense, humor, plot twists, danger, lessons to be learned and a very satisfying ending. It is without a doubt one of my 4th graders' all time favorite read aloud books. I loved the plot twist that came in the middle of the book.
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 13/04/2004
Author: Georgia Byng
Recommeneded for: children

I got this book in my childhood mostly as the cover captured my attention. This is a book that stars a story of a misunderstood ophan child called Molly Moon who is bullied every day by the horrible owner of the orphanage Miss Adderstone who just makes her life miserable, and then her best friend at the orphanage is adopted and moves the New York City which makes Molly's life seem even more unbearable. This is a very good book
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Lady Georgia Mary Caroline Byng, (b. 1965), is a British author of children's books and a former actress. Her first writing was for a comic strip, and her first published book was The Sock Monsters. Byng's best known work is Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism and its sequels, about a girl who finds a book about hypnotism and learns how to hypnotize people. Georgia's first published item was ...more

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