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 became best friends.
  • Beware of the Nice Ones: B B Brown is very nice and friendly, and also smart. However, he is a kleptomaniac.
  • Birthday Episode: Milly has "Spots and Stripes", which can also double as a Sick Episode because she unfortunately obtains chicken pox on the same day.
  • 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.
  • Butt-Monkey: Aunt Maude becomes this in Ella Bella Boo's first appearance due to the latter's mischievousness, and she ends up sustaining a lot of injuries.
    • Milly's dad seems to suffer from Marmalade being around most of the time, particularly if he's also in a grumpy mood.
  • Catch Phrase: Aunt Maude's "Fiddlesticks!!!".
  • Cats Hate Water: Only shown with Marmalade in the episode "Beaky".
  • Christmas Episode: "Secret Scarves".
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Humphrey seems to have an obsession with "robot dinosaurs from outer space". Or he tends to use his imagination quite a bit. He also claims that his dog can understand Martian language.
  • Conflict Ball:
    • In "Monday", the girls argue over ridiculously minor things such as who had a cat the longest and whether apples or bananas are better.
    • In "Cubby House", the girls argue over what theme their cubby house should be. While arguing and being mad at each other because of that isn't too out of character, deciding to stop being friends because of it is going a bit far.
    • In "Sooty", Molly is jealous of Milly because Chloe invited Milly to her party but not Molly. You'd think she would be glad to have attention when Milly phones and asks to look after the injured cat, but she's still mad.
  • Everyone Hates Math: Downplayed, the class do find math a bit boring, but don't hate it.
  • Feud Episode: Happens to Milly and Molly after they build a cubby house and both of them didn't like each other's ideas on how it should run.
  • First Day Of School Episode: The first episode, "Monday", focuses on the girls' first day of school.
  • 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.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Milly, Molly and especially Alf and his nan.
  • 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 on the "other side of the mountain".
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Tomcat starts misbehaving as soon as Molly starts taking care of an injured cat whom she calls Sooty.
  • 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 it's unknown who handles chores.
  • I Don't Think That's Such a Good Idea: Molly often says variations on this, due to her shyness.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: Humphrey tries occasionally to justify his mean jokes by saying they're "just jokes". The girls often respond with "Well, it wasn't a very funny joke."
  • Killed Off for Real: Granny and Grandpa Peg, Jock and Jimmy
  • Living Crashpad: During the Heidi Untidi episode, Molly climbs up a bookshelf but it topples over. She says that she landed on something soft, but it's revealed that is Milly.
  • Lost Voice Plot: In "Class Concert", Molly loses her voice and Milly uses Aunt Maude's cure to get it back before the concert.
  • Magic Feather: In "Ride to School Day" Molly doesn't have the confidence to believe that she'll be able to ride her bike without training wheels, until Mr Limpy gives her the medal he won from a bike competition years back.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Alf has a dog named Puddles who pees on things.
    • George has a skunk named Stinky.
    • One of Marmalade and Tom Cat's children is named Tiger because he looks like one.
      • Another is named Mandarin, because she looks like Marmalade and those two words are similar.
      • Another one is called Cappuchino because she lives with a man who works at a cafe.
    • Molly's cat is called Tom Cat. He is...a tomcat. She also has a doll named "Dolly".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Milly and Molly, when they provide a dog-walking service in order to save money to get a dollhouse, but they end up walking too many dogs at once. Plus with Marmalade on the loose, all the dogs end up chasing her through the town and causing havoc wherever they go as the girls are desperately trying to stop them.
  • The Nicknamer: Biddy Bid calls Milly and Molly gooseberries, cherries, peaches and blossoms.
  • 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.
  • Older and Wiser: Alf's nan.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Oddly enough, Milly, Molly or any of their friends and classmates have never been seen with a sibling (or mentioned any at all).
  • 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.
  • Real Men Hate Affection: Humphrey is the best example, however, he doesn't hate affection because he's male and several male characters are afectionate.
  • Say My Name: Farmer Heggarty shouts Pepper's name when he finds out she's sick.
  • Serious Business: Gardening to Aunt Maude and plums to Biddy Bid.
  • Sick Episode: Several.
    • In "Spots and Stripes", Milly gets chicken pox.
    • Humphrey gets chicken pox as a background event in "Dog Walking Service"
    • Pepper gets a serious fever in "Goodbye, Alf"
    • Aunt Maude and the girls get measles in "Biddy Bid". Thankfully, the girls recover, but Aunt Maude is still a bit sick at the end.
    • Milly, Molly, and several others get colds in "Aunt Maude".
  • Smelly Skunk: In "National Pet Day", George has a pet skunk named Stinky, who sprays Humphrey. Twice.
  • 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.
  • Sticky Fingers: B B Brown, a new classmate in Milly and Molly's class. Luckily, this is also a case of Heel–Face Turn.
  • Sweet Tooth: Sophie and Miss Blythe both have a sweet tooth.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: A mild example with Milly and Molly; the former likes going on wild adventures while the latter prefers being a princess.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Humphrey taunting Farmer Hegarty's bull Beefy, with him even running inside his pen. He finally realizes his mistake when the bull is about to charge.
  • 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.
  • Urine Trouble: Alf looks after a stray dog called Puddles. The name says it all.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Aunt Maude and Biddy Bid.
  • 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.