Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Emmy is trying so hard to be good. Her parents are busy jet-setting all over the world in search of money and status while Emmy is left home alone with her cold and distant nanny Miss Barmy. Still, Emmy tries to be good. No one at school seems to like or care about Emmy either – not one person in the classroom seems to notice she exists at all. And yet Emmy STILL tries to be good. “She did her homework without being told. She ate all her vegetables, even the slimy ones. And she never talked back to her nanny, Miss Barmy, although it was almost impossible to keep quiet, some days. She really was a little too good. Which is why she liked to sit by the Rat. The Rat was not good at all . . .” The rat is Emmy’s classroom pet. He isn’t cute or cuddly, in fact, he’s a nasty little beast! Emmy can sometimes relate to the rat, because some days, she’d like to be a nasty little beast too!

One day, when the rat bites Emmy, she finds that she can actually hear what he is saying. As if the rat’s poor behavior isn’t bad enough, now she has to listen to his crabby complaining, pouting, bragging, and whining. His rotten attitude is hardly worth having this startling new power! Then the rat bites Joe, the class cool guy, who can now hear him speak too..and then he bites Joe again and shrinks him to the size of an action figure! What’s a good friend like Emmy to do but offer to get bitten a second time and shrink too? Now a few inches high, Joe and Emmy free the rat and begin an adventure to find out the source of the rat’s power and how to reverse it. Along the way, they get help from some new four legged friends and get on the trail of Emmy’s own Miss Barmy, who isn’t just cold and distant, she’s evil too!

The rat is definately the star in this one. His biting comments and sarcastic one-liners kept me laughing through the whole book. Emmy reminds me of Molly Moon from Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism. Both girls feel isolated, alone and unloved, yet they don’t give up on their search for friendship and happiness. Author: Lynne Jonell Illustrator: Jonathan Bean

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  1. This was a terrific book. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat has many interesting characters. the characters change in the story just like the rat. Emmy tried to be good. The theme of he story is you can be friends with humans but animals too. Emmy takes care of Joe and the rat after they shrink and they are both her friends.

  2. this book i enjoyed a lot of adventure and it was mysteries ecsically the nanny

  3. Anonymous, plz go away. Emmy is good, so is the secret of zoom, so please go away. I just want people to know that the secret of zoom is a little better than Emmy, so Please, get the heck out of here.

  4. I love this book. It’s much better than the secret of zoom because that book gets boring and this one leaves you wanting 4 more! Go Lynne Jonell!

  5. Pps, I’m not saying Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat is a bad book, it’s a great book. Probably 1\200,900.

  6. Do we need to go back to preschool? That was never a sunshine state book, The Secret of Zoom was, but Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat was a perfect book, so The Secret of Zoom is Probably 1\1,000,000 books in the WHOLE WORLD. So read both, and compare a lot of things. Though The Secret of Zoom is about 100 or more pages longer.

  7. I think that the book is aaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssoooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  8. What did you think when you read more of it? The author of this book, Lynne Jonell, also wrote The Secret of Zoom – try that one – it’s really good too.

  9. i think this book is adventurous and funny and interesting!!!!!! because i just got it on NOV.13 2009 and im already on page 28!!! so im very excited

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