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Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat (Emmy and the Rat) Paperback – September 2, 2008
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Starred Review. Grade 3–6—Emmy Addison was perfectly happy as the daughter of bookstore owners—and then her parents inherited a lot of money and she suddenly became invisible. She can't understand why her formerly attentive and loving mother and father keep taking off for faraway places and leaving her in the hands of an incredibly controlling nanny named Miss Barmy. And no one at school seems to know she exists. Then, she is bitten by the classroom rat and discovers that she can understand every word he says, as can Joe, one of the cool kids in her class who was also bitten. At this point, events start to unfold and a fast-paced adventure begins. To Joe's chagrin, he discovers that a second bite makes a person shrink to the size of an action figure and Emmy discovers that Miss Barmy has been mixing animal essences together to control the Addisons' lives. With the aid of new animal friends, Emmy embarks upon a perilous path to undo the evil nanny's sinister plans. A mystery is cleverly woven into this fun and, at times, hilarious caper, and children are likely to find themselves laughing out loud during some parts. A medley of endearing characters adds to an already delightful read.—Robyn Gioia, Bolles School, Ponte Vedra, FL
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*Starred Review* Emmy's world has turned upside down. Since her family inherited a fortune, her parents have become obsessed with status and money, her teachers and fellow students ignore her, and her welfare has been left in the hands of her coldhearted nanny, Miss Barmy. Now, she can hear the class pet, a rat, talking. What's going on? Jonell takes readers on a merry, sometimes scary, romp, as Emmy enters the Antique Rat store and learns about a world of rodents with eclectic powers that are being used by Miss Barmy to get control of Emmy's family and their fortune. Although the considerable action is sometimes convoluted, and a couple of dropped story lines are hastily stitched up, this tale turns smoothly on its fanciful premise and fabulous characters. As in so many stories featuring a rat, the sneaky rodent gets the best lines; so it is here with Rat, who is by turns boastful, whiny, maudlin, and menacing. It's fun to watch remarkably good Emmy and especially bad Barmy spar, and the revelation of the nanny's secret admirer speaks to the endurance of true love. Inside, the book is decorated with a picture of a tree limb and a climbing rat. Flip the pages, and Rat tumbles and falls. Cooper, Ilene --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
On the one hand, this was a book I devoured. I read it from start to finish -- I think I skipped a meal -- and was grinning the entire time.
What a fun story. Emmy, completely unnoticed by her classmates, ignored by her parents, mistreated by the nanny left in her charge, wants only her old life back: before her parents came into money. Nothing seems to have gone right. Her parents are now obsessed with long vacations and long hours, her classmates have forgotten her, and the class pet rat keeps talking to her. Yes, the rat talks. But only Emmy can hear him. All of these things bother Emmy, and in part because she has no clue why any of them have happened at all. But the answers are coming. And there's no predicting, at least at the beginning, as to what those answers are.
And therein lies the part of the book that I struggle with. Without going into details (risking spoilers), I will say simply this: rodents are incredibly powerful creatures. Rats, mice, gerbils, ferrets, you name it. Used wisely, they allow for so much. As plot devices go, I thought it was fun. Especially the professor who gets too close to one of his experiments and therefor falls asleep at the most inopportune moments. I suspect he would be able to solve the issue, except that every time he gets close....out like a light.
But the fun, quirky gimmick struggles. While tt has you smiling every time a new rodent is introduced -- this one makes people sleepy, this one makes them grow up faster, this one enables you to speak to animals -- something about it just doesn't seem to fit. The gimmick exists amid a conflict that is too real, and too sinister.Read more ›
But, the author was so effective in creating "the cold-hearted nanny, Miss Barmy" and the heroine was so completely controlled and demoralized by that nanny that I initially feared that this book was going to be a lot darker and more despairing than I was really looking for. Ultimately, because Emmy was such an amusing and slyly witty observer of her own circumstances, and because Emmy's first contact with "the talking rat" established the Rat as a wildly interesting and fiendishly funny character, I knew that sooner rather than later the tone and pacing of the book would have to pick up, (which it does), and that Emmy would have to stand up for herself. Of course, once that happens the dark tone lightens to more of what I expect in a middle grade fantasy/actioner, and the book really takes off.
I can see kid readers really enjoying this book for any number of good reasons. Emmy is a strong and resourceful heroine. Her guy pal has a big enough role to be a draw. The Rat is comic gold. The fantasy/adventure aspects of the rodent world make for a fine alternate world read. The pacing is fast. The plot is a little twisty and bumpy in places, but easy enough to follow. There are a lot of funny throwaway lines and slightly edgy observations for perceptive readers. For a fun read the book has some depth and substance, which is not lost on kid readers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Phenomenal book. My nine year old ate right through it and then we did too!Published 7 months ago by Alexandra
This is a cute story, but not one of my favorites. I read it with a 5th grade reading group and would most likely not use if againPublished 12 months ago by Laura Lynn
Excellent childrens book. Great story, Daughter couldn't put it down! recommend to anyone. shipping was fast, as always! love amazon!Published 17 months ago by Liv's mom