Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure by Georgia Byng
I decided to read Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure, because I loved the first two books in the series. For me, the first two books were clever fun reads. The covers in this series appeal to many and this third one is no different. Bright colors and a cute illustration of Petula (this time, big and little Petulas!).
In the first two books, Molly Moon learns to a)hypnotize others to do what she wants and b)stop time. Molly adds to her abilities when in Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure, she learns to time travel. It all starts when Petula and then Molly are kidnapped by an evil rajah from 1870 India. He's upset that she ruined his plot to control world leaders (this happens in Molly Moon Stops the World). He believes if he can grab Molly as a baby and raise her, then the events will be changed since she won't grow up in the orphanage. What happens is a lot of confusing mess of events with five Molly's at different ages, two Petulas (big and little Petula), Rocky, a street urchin from 1870's India all traveling back and forth in time.
The feel of this story is the same as the first two Molly Moon books. I love the silliness and the utter chaos of the story. At the same time, I would get confused by all the craziness as to what exactly was going on. It is almost just too much to keep straight. Some might give up on this book, because they couldn't figure out what was happening. I would strongly suggest reading the first two books in the series before tackling #3. Otherwise, the reader won't understand the passing reference to events that took place in the previous stories. I still liked the characters enough to find the story above average, but just barely. I give it a 'B-'.