Title: Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
Author: Lynne Jonell
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (2007)
My Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭
I love this book! Cleverly written and a somewhat-crazy (in a good way) storyline gives the book an great feel and once you start reading, you can not put it down.
While the book may sound strange because of the rat element, I assure you there is nothing spooky or creepy. The rats are spoken of the same way as if they were a dog or cat. Some may think it is weird that all the rats have magical powers, but that’s because it is weird—but in an awesome way. I originally picked it up because the sequel really caught my eye and I figured, of course I had better read the first book first. It’s a lot better than it looks! Adventure, magic, evil nannies, and a ten-year-old heroine—my kind of book. I recommend it to anyone ages 9-14. Even though the main character is young, it’s not a story for younger kids! Older kids can easily enjoy it. Lots of action and danger around every corner for Emmy.
Characters/Plot: Emmy (as I said earlier) is a ten-year-old girl who lives in a huge house, a bunch of servants, and a nanny named Miss Barmy. She tries her very hardest to be a “good girl”, but it seems like it is going nowhere. Her parents, unlike before Miss Barmy, hardly seem to acknowledge her existence anymore as they go on one trip after another, and all her attempts to make friends at school are met with blank stares. Even though she gets astonishing grades, the teacher can’t even remember her name. Then she meets the Rat, a class pet. Ever since he bit her finger on the first day of school, she’s been hearing him talk. When she talks back to him one day, she embarks on an adventure that involves shrinking, an evil professor, the Antique Rat shop, and a bunch of kind chipmunks who can also speak. Emmy learns of the amazing powers these rodents have, and even worse, how Miss Barmy is using them against her in order to gain Emmy’s family’s money.
An excellent read! It was just a phenomenal story. If you like it (which I know you will) don’t miss the two sequels, Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls and Emmy and the Rats in the Belfry!