Saturday, September 29, 2007

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

By Lynne Jonell
Henry Holt, 2007. 346pp. Juvenile Fiction.

Emmy is a good girl--smart, thoughtful, obedient, and kind--but no one seems aware of her existence. Her schoolmates and teachers treat her as though she were invisible, and her parents are almost always traveling to bizarre out-of-country events, leaving Emmy with Miss Barmy, an icky governess. Emmy makes the best of things but is very lonely, until the day she strikes up a conversation with the pet rat in her school room. When she sets him free, she and Ratty begin a whirlwind of adventures that will lead them to shocking discoveries about Miss Barmy, Emmy's parents, Ratty's early years, and the nature of rodentkind. Emmy is a delightful heroine, Ratty is a truculent and melodramatic sidekick, and with lots of help from Joe and Brian, good things come to pass. Although things get a bit muddled and frantic towards the end of the book, Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat is inventive, charming, and laugh out loud funny.

1 comment:

2112 said...

A very enjoyable read. Fun characters and crazy adventures made it real page-turner!