“Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat,” by Lynne Jonell

“Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat,” by Lynne Jonell is a junior fiction novel that is surprisingly well designed and entertaining.
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Emmy is young girl who always tries to be good. She does her all homework, gets straight A's, and eats her vegetables, but for some reason no one seems to notice her. Not only do people forget her name, but they seem to look straight through her. Emmy's parents are always away on business travels and they too seem to forget about her most of the time.

But then Emmy's life changes when she forms a relationship with the classroom pet, a sulky and obnoxious rat that enjoys biting that hands that would feed it. No one else seems to notice that the rat can speak. But when Emmy opens the cage, giving the rat its freedom it begins a chain of events that will reveal a strange collection of rats with marvelous powers, an underground rodent city, and a deadly plot being carried out by Emmy's nanny.

When I first selected “Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat” to add to my reading list I was a little dubious, expecting the average junior fiction novel with overly exaggerated characters, a disappointing plot, etc. However, “Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat” is not what it seems at first glance. The story is surprisingly well created, with a complex plot that was actually quite entertaining. The unique plot ideas that Lynne Jonell has created make the story refreshingly different. “Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat” is an excellent and very well written story for junior audiences.

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Inkweaver Review 2008-09-27T08:36:00-05:00

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