Literature / Milly, Molly
"We may look different, but we feel the same"
Milly, Molly is a series of New Zealand books written by Gill Pittar for children between the ages of four and eight. The stories relate the adventures of two little girls from different ethnic backgrounds (with their multi-cultural friends), and promote the acceptance of diversity and the learning of life skills.

The stories deal with the kinds of questions and trials that children face every day–and offer understanding in such matters as honesty, respect for others, difference, tenacity, exercise, cooperation, respect for nature, bullying, stranger danger, forgiveness, trustworthiness, responsibility, loyalty, loss and grief–and many other areas that are challenging to young children.

The books were inspired by a double-ended doll created in 1995 by Gill Pittar to promote tolerance and communication. Following the success of the dolls, she began writing books about the characters with the first book published in 2000.

Milly, Molly books have since been published in at least 100 countries and translated into 40 languages

An animated TV series based on the books, was produced in 2006, witha a second season in early 2008.

Provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: Nearly every episode has one.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In an episode, Milly wishes Molly wasn't able to participate in the class concert so that she wouldn't be busy all of the time practicing. Then Molly gets a sore throat.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Reason why Humphrey and Alf become into best friend.
  • Beware of the Nice Ones: B B Brown is very nice and friendly, and also smart. However, he is a kleptomaniac.
  • Black Best Friend: Milly for Molly.
  • Black Comedy: When Milly and Molly were looking for a home for their cats' babies at school, Humphrey tells them: "Put them in a box and throw them to the river". He then tried to explain to them that he was only joking.
  • Catch Phrase: Aunt Maude's "Fiddlesticks!!!".
  • Cats Hate Water: Only shown with Marmalade in the episode "Beaky".
  • Everyone Hates Math: Downplayed, the class do find math a bit boring, but don't hate it.
  • Free-Range Children: Milly and Molly, despite being only 7. As well as almost all kids, will be shown wandering around the town and even to the outsides of it.
  • Genki Girl: Ella Bella Boo, Aunt Maude's niece.
  • Grass Is Greener: In one episode, when Milly and Molly were to travel by balloon to the other side of the mountain, Milly complains about her dutifulness life at home, thinking the life is better in the "other side of the mountain".
  • Grumpy Old Man: Aunt Maude would be a female example. Even adults are afraid of her bad humor.
  • Handicapped Badass: When Ellie, a blind girl, arrives to Milly and Molly's class she shows some very developed senses formed as a result of her blindness.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Humphrey eventually quits bullying, and later, even quits making practical jokes.
    • B B Brown quits stealing.
  • House Husband: Molly's dad stays at home while Molly's mother works. Though its unknown who handles chores.
  • Not Good with People: Aunt Maude is recognized by her great garden and by her ability with plants. But she's so crabby to everyone else that many of her neighbors are afraid of her.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Aunt Maude and Biddy Bid.
  • Serious Business: gardening to Aunt Maude and plums to Biddy Bid.
  • Older and Wiser: Alf's nan.
  • The Nicknamer: Biddy Bid calls Milly and Molly gooseberries, cherries, peaches and blossoms.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Aunt Maude is always grouchy. There are only several moments where she does truly smile, and the others can be surprised at this.
  • Spoiler Opening: The intro is conformed by many clips of the show, so, the last ones reveals vital information of the ending of two episodes.
  • Smelly Skunk: In "National Pet Day", George has a pet skunk named Stinky, who sprays Humphrey. Twice.
  • Sticky Fingers: B B Brown, a new classmate in Milly and Molly's class. Luckily, this is also a case of Heel–Face Turn.
  • Real Men Hate Affection: Humphrey is the best example.
  • Sweet Tooth: Sophie and Miss Blythe.
  • Urine Trouble: Alf looks after a stray dog called Puddles. The name says it all.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Humphrey, in the beginning. Not precisely strikes but in one episode was seen pushing a girl and throwing things to her. The second time he pushes her, she gets hurt. Luckily, he does have a Heel–Face Turn.
  • I Don't Think That's Such a Good Idea: Molly.
  • Killed Off for Real: Granny and Grandpa Peg, Jock and Jimmy
  • Sick Episode: Spots and Stripes, Goodbye Alf.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Milly, Molly and especially Alf and his nan.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Chocolate to Sophie, apples to Meg and Milly, oranges to George, carrots to Jack, ice cream to Miss Blythe, fish to Mr. Limpy, bananas to Molly.