Reviews for Molly Moon Stops the World
Booklist Reviews 2004 May #1
Gr. 5-8. Molly Moon (Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism, 2003) is back, and Byng has outdone herself. This time Molly, Rocky, and the rest of the orphanage gang are off to Los Angeles, where Molly must foil Primo Cell, a brilliant, power-mad, billionaire hypnotist, who may have kidnapped Davina Nuttel and possibly hypnotized half of Hollywood and most of the important people in America. But that's not all. Can Molly learn to control her mysterious new ability to stop time? Molly is irresistible: a skinny, 11-year-old mastermind with wild hair, who eats ketchup sandwiches, defeats seemingly invincible adults with her amazing abilities, yet yearns for a family. Plot twists abound, characters aren't who they seem to be, and danger escalates at a breakneck pace. The action is nonstop, but kids who need to care about characters will find this to be more than just roaring good sf; it's a feel-good story that will leave them hungry for more about a winning kid who learns to be comfortable in her own skin. ((Reviewed May 1, 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall
The heroine of [cf2]Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism[cf1] returns in a sprawling adventure. Here Molly's destination is Los Angeles, where she attends the Academy Awards, investigates a kidnapping, discovers she can stop time with her hypnotic powers, and learns the secret of her parentage. Purposefully preposterous, the busy story is filled with larger-than-life characters and comic dialogue. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2004 March #1
Molly Moon's back, ready to save the world in this much-improved sequel to Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism (2003). Molly and the children of Happiness House orphanage have been living splendidly since Molly returned wealthy from her American adventure and hypnotized all the unpleasant adults into kindness. Now Molly's old friend, hypnotist librarian Lucy Logan, has a dangerous quest for her. Swathed head-to-toe in bandages from a mysterious accident, Lucy describes a terrible tale of hypnotized media personalities compelled into celebrity endorsements. With the wealth from his endorsed products, Lucy explains, wicked Primo Cell might soon rule the world. Molly must head back to America to stop Cell's dastardly plot. In Hollywood, Molly discovers that both she and Cell have power to stop time, and she must use her newfound power to prevent him from becoming president. Chock-full of classic B-movie adventure-from shocking revelations of parentage to a deus ex machina escape from an overly elaborate evil-genius deathtrap: an enjoyable over-the-top page-turner. (Fiction. 8-13) Copyright Kirkus 2004 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2004 March #3
Familiar characters face new adventures this spring. Georgia Byng offers more hypnotic high jinks in Molly Moon Stops the World, the sequel to Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism, which PW described as "a lively symphony of hilarious escapades and madcap chases." This time, Molly travels to Los Angeles to stop a powerful hypnotist businessman who is trying to take over Hollywood-and then the world. Along with twists and surprises, Byng also works in themes about the pervasiveness of advertising and the influence of celebrity endorsements. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 April #1
"The author offers more hypnotic high jinks in this sequel to Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism," according to PW. "This time, Molly travels to Los Angeles to stop a powerful hypnotist businessman who is trying to take over Hollywood-and then the world." Ages 8-12. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2004 May
Gr 4-6-A lighthearted sequel to Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism (HarperCollins, 2003). In this adventure, Molly discovers from her mentor Lucy Logan that a man named Primo Cell is trying to take over the world and that she is the only one who can stop him. The girl goes to California, gets into the Academy Awards, swanky Hollywood parties, and more, all in an effort to discover how to stop Cell. She finds out that he has mastered the art of casting permanent hypnotic spells and must find out how to break them before he becomes president of the U.S. Readers are likely to enjoy this fun fantasy; as long as they don't delve too deeply, they won't notice the contrivances and the many holes in the story. This title will appeal to fans of the first story and may garner a few new ones-if they are willing to turn off their reality buttons.-Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.