Molly's mother is not like other mothers: she rides a yellow bike and collects herbs and makes potions, perhaps even magical potions.
Molly wants to be normal, like her friend Ellen, and watch television and eat food that comes in packets. But when Molly's mother accidentally turns herself into a tree, Molly turns to the strange and wonderful Pim for help. And as they look for a way to rescue her mother, Molly discovers how to be happy with the oddness in her life.
Martine Murray's new illustrated middle-grade novel Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars is a whimsical story about friendship and individuality and learning to see the freshness and wonder in the world.
Molly has an unusual life. Her Dad and her brothers are far away and her Mum makes potions from herbs that she collects.
Molly is torn between wanting to be normal like her friend Ellen, while also being interested in the inquisitive Pim who doesn’t quite fit in either.
When a series of disasters strike, Molly realises that being true to yourself is more important that anything and that love comes in many strange and mysterious ways.
This story is whimsical, quirky and thoroughly entertaining, full of wonderful characters and with a gentle wisdom that says our friends love us for who we are and we should celebrate the differences in every person as it makes the world a much more interesting place. A wonderful book of love and friendship.
Will be most enjoyed by girls Year 5 and up, as well as confident Year 4 readers.
Reviewed by Michelle