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Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat (Emmy #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  4,381 ratings  ·  426 reviews
Seorang GADIS KECIL yang kesepian,
seekor TIKUS penggerutu yang bisa berbicara,
dan seorang PENGASUH yang melakukan hal-hal
yang sangat, SANGAT buruk ...

Emmy, adalah gadis kecil kaya raya yang hidup kesepian. Untuk alasan yang tidak diketahuinya, orangtuanya selalu bepergian dan mengabaikannya. Di sekolah, teman-temannya menganggapnya tidak ada. Hanya Miss Barmy, pengasuhnya,
Paperback, 341 pages
Published June 2010 by Penerbit Atria (first published August 7th 2007)
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I first picked this book up when I was browsing at the library because I loved the cover design. I loved the simplicity of Jonathan Bean's illustration and the combination of sweet Emmy and the ill-humored rat in the tree above her. The thoughtfulness of design continues inside with illustrations that together make a flip book along the outer edges of the pages. This book had me hooked visually right from the start.

Story-wise? I really loved Emily and the Incredible Shrinking Rat. It was sweet a
Gwen the Librarian
Sep 12, 2007 Gwen the Librarian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: kidlit, fantasy
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, by Lynne Jonell, is extremely well-written, with bathroom humor, pathos, and believable and sympathetic characters of both the human and rodent kind.

Emmy is a very rich, very lonely little girl. Her parents are constantly going off on long trips and leaving her with a horrible nanny, Miss Barmy. Worse, she recently changed schools and no one in her class acts like she exists. When Emmy starts hearing the class pet rat talking to her, a whole exciting and f
Mar 25, 2012 Cheryl rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheryl by: Tween Reader
Fast-paced and adorable. I love the 'flip animation' page decorations. I have no idea why my library shelved it in YA, as it's best fit for ages 9-12. I also have no idea where the story will go as a series - this has a nice resolution with the threads wrapped up both neatly and plausibly.

ETA - I looked at the descriptions for the next book. They're for the reader who just can't get enough of Emmy and her friends - they really don't look like they'll add any themes or character development of va
Mengapa banyak orang -termasuk saya- tetap mencintai dan memburu buku anak-anak meskipun usia sudah tidak bisa dibilang muda? Dalam beberapa hal, karena kemampuan buku-buku tersebut untuk membawa saya mengunjungi dunia imajinasi yang tak berbatas. Dengan kesederhanaan yang indah, dengan sudut pandang anak-anak yang mungkin tak pernah terpikirkan oleh kita. Itu sebabnya saya sangat salut dengan penulis buku anak-anak yang bisa menyelami dunia mereka, bahkan setelah melewati ambang kedewasaan, ket ...more
It's easy to become jaded. Read enough children's fiction and it all begins to swim and swirl about in your head. Was that the middle grade novel about a girl who likes a boy with twinkling blue eyes or deep brown ones you just read? Did that historical fiction work involve a plucky boy working in a coalmine or a plucky girl in a mill? And fantasy? Don't get me started. If the villains don't burst onto the scene in the first chapter it's the exception rather than the rule. I gotta say though tha ...more
I'm attending a conference on childrens' literature, and this was one of the juvenile fiction offerings. So far it's my second or third favorite out of all of the full length novel sized works. Some elements of the book tread into cliche, but given the reading level it's extremely enjoyable. The plot is simple, and direct, without being self indulgent (which is a problem I've had with a lot of the other works). Overall it's entertaining while still having substance (another problem, I've found), ...more
The Library Lady
Funny and creative. I've seen some people comment that they think has an old fashioned feel and should have had a Victorian setting, but I don't think that the time frame really makes a difference.There isn't tons about cell phones or the Internet here--this book could have been written as easily in 1958 as 2008, and as a result, this has a timeless feel to it and won't date quickly. Nor do I think that kids will be quick to find a message in this about overscheduled kids or narcissistic parents ...more
I thought this was quite original and an interesting read--and I love the "flipbook" effect in the margins (flip the pages and the pictures "move") :-) It moves along at a good pace and has plenty of humor. Well-written and enjoyable.
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat is an engaging mix of Matilda (not as spunky), Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (not as scientific), and Coraline (not as dark). It held my attention, though I found parts of the storyline not well explained. I wasn't overly annoyed, for example, by the many inferences I had to make into Miss Barmy's (the evil nanny) character, but was hoping for more explanation into the origins of her evilness at the end. This is a work of children’s literature, however; a ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
It's impressive how Jonell manages to inform the readers of all characters' personalities, feelings, and actions without ever straying away from Emmy's perspective: readers only know what she sees, hears, and thinks. The outlandish circumstances with all the super(magical?)-powers of the rodents are accompanied by a gentle tale of friendship, longing for parental love, and the essence of stable families. I mentally applauded the several jabs at the absurdity of the over-scheduling of our childre ...more
I took this one home because I liked the cover art, and I was not disappointed. This is just a completely charming little adventure for middle school readers. There's no point in telling you much about the plot--except that it involves talking rats--and I had no trouble suspending my disbelief. I'm looking forward to book two in the series.

True rating: 4.5 stars.

That extra half-star is for the sheer pleasure that reading this book brought me. I wondered how much I would enjoy having a rat as a co-protagonist, and it turned out the answer was "a lot". The plot is superbly outré (if I may be excused for using such a fancy word for a book about vermin), and the characters (especially Emmy) are fun to tag along with. I won't say I frequently laughed out loud, but I had a smile on my face that just would not go away, even after I turne
Ruth Carter
I finished this book yesterday. You will all love it. It has such a good story line. The characters keep you entertained and you keep guessing as to why they behave the way that they do. I love the ending. Everyone deserved what they got. I wish real life problems could be solved this easily...just get a rat to do it!
Ella H.
For this book review I did Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, by Lynne Jonell. The book was about a nice girl named Emmy. She had a nanny named Ms. Barmy, and she was a cold hearted woman. After her family inherited her Uncle William’s fortune, Emmy’s parents always went on vacation. She was always stuck with her nanny. In school she had to sit next to the rat. The rat was mean and never listened. She began to wish that she was more like him because then she could stand up to her nanny. But ...more
Cami Stivee
Reading this with friends looking really good so far , I'm sure it'll get EVEN better once I get farther into it!
Jessalyn King
I liked this. It wasn't at all what I expected, and really only picked it up because it was available at the library, but it was fantastic. It's definitely one of those books that reading as a child you would feel like everything was very true with all adults being either nincompoops or villains, but even as a grown up reading it, I found even the useless adults to be still relatively well-developed, even if a bit frustrating. I enjoyed the story and all the redeeming characters and even appreci ...more
I just finished re-reading this book, I already bought and read (and planning to re-read) the second book. All I can say is- this is an extremely enjoyable read. You'll be surprised at which characters your routing for and the ending was really unexpected and, surprisingly, happy. I never felt so satisfied (maybe an overstatement but you get the gist).

Emmy's parents suddenly inherit a very large sum of money from a distant uncle they never met before and move across town to live in an old mansio
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
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 ...more

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 sequ
Jika ada yang juga HARUS disalahkan selain diriku, maka pastilah Duo Ida & Jia orangnya!
Sudah tahu mata masih berair plus menampakkan warna merah yang lebih keran dbandingkan pemulas pipi, kok ya masih nekat juga membaca buku. Efek apa yang bisa diharapkan selain kian berair, kian memerah ditambah rasa gatal yang tak tertahankan. Berhubung sudah terlanjur, sekalian saja membuat repiu.

Awalnya saat Ibu Peri Buku mengirim buku ini, sudah dibulatkan tekat dalam hati untuk menunda membaca minimal
Marcia First
Genre: Fantasy

This story is about a girl, Emmy, who is neglected by her parents who are spending their inheritance from a rich uncle by traveling around the world. Emmy is left in charge with an unusual and suspicious nanny, who tries to micromanage every part of her life. Emmy becomes very lonely, since nobody seems to notice she exists, and befriends an obnoxious classroom pet rat who surprises her by talking to her one day. Because of this friendship, Emmy's life changes dramatically as she t
Indah W
Sebenernya udah rada lama sejak pertama ngeliat nih buku di blognya Kobo, berhubung gua udah lama ngga mantengin toko buku jadinya ngga githu ngeh ama perkembangan buku terbaru, hahahaha..

Dari pertama melihat covernya, gua udah kepincut tapi berhubung masih banyak bangets buku berplastik yang belon tersentuh jadi rada menahan diri :p Sampai akhirnya gua menemukan toko buku online yang menjual nih buku dengan harga diskon, huahahahaha.. mana tahan ama yang namanya diskon, walau "cuma" 20% tapi lu

I saw this book in a few different places, and I liked the cover and wanted to pick it up. The back sounded interesting, but it got super cheesy fast.

This is the story of a girl who flies under the radar most of the time - people don't notice her, including her parents and her classmates, and she is mainly raised by her crazy nanny. Oh also she can talk to rodents...?

The main rat character was super inconsistent. He started out being this arrogant douchebag, but every once in a while he'd re
Emmy and her parents live in a large mansion with her nanny, Miss Barmy and a number of other servants. But her parents are always taking long trips abroad and leaving Emmy with the horrible Miss Barmy. But Emmy works very hard at her school work and other extracurricular activities, hoping that when her parents return, they might notice her a little more. But not even excelling in class helps Emmy get any recognition for poor Emmy. No one seems to notice her at all. Unless you count the rat. An ...more
Emmy is trying really hard to be a good girl. And she always is, but no one seems to notice...except for her class pet-a rat that seems to have the ability to speak. Her parents are always away, and she is left in the care of a mean nanny, named Mrs. Barmy who seems to want her family's new found fortune. All Emmy wants is for people to notice her, and maybe a few friends. She is so "forgettable", that even her teacher forgets who she is. Enter the adventure and mystery. Emmy finds out about her ...more
Emmy feels like she's invisible. No one notices her at school and her parents are always traveling, leaving her at home with her crotchety Nanny, Miss Barmy. Emmy tries her hardest to be good but she can never seem to please Miss Barmy. One day the classroom pet, the Rat, not only notices her but starts talking to her! Is he a good rat or a bad rat? And how is it that he can talk and Emmy can understand him?

I liked that this book was dark without being too scary or too suspenseful. Emmy's parent
This was... I don't know... weird. I liked it, and I thought the plot was really interesting and would definitely be fun for kids. But the dialogue was clumsy and unnatural, and by the end I honestly started to think that the author might be some kind of super-Republican with a chip on her shoulder who decided to write a children's novel. The villain (who is very, very villainous) oppresses the protagonist through the use of health food, essential oils, and psychotherapy. There are a few places ...more
Rebecca Trujillo Batty
Several months back we were visiting at my sister in laws house, I believe for a birthday party...anyway, I noticed this book and found out that my young nephew had chosen it because the pages create a flip show of sorts. I decided it looked cute, so I got it, read it and really enjoyed it. I think it is very imaginative. Lynne Jonell has created a world where although it seems like something of a child's imagination or dream, you can be drawn in and start to believe that there is a real "Rodent ...more
Becky B
Oct 11, 2012 Becky B rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lonely kids, Rodent lovers, Fantasy fans, Any upper elem/middle school student
It is really hard to pin down the style of this book, even though various parts reminded me of several other books. Maybe this is the novel version of a smoothie. Take the evil lady and the little princess from The Little Princess but give the evil lady access to potions (so mix her with the wicked Queen in Snow White), make her a nanny and make it so that the little girl just feels like she’s invisible to everyone. Next add some helpful and quirky rodents from Hermux Tantamoq books or Redwall o ...more
A fun, engaging story with a lot of humor. It's a really easy read (it only took me as long as it did because I was reading it on my lunch breaks). Great for the intermediate level. Probably a little better suited for girls than boys, but I'm not really a good judge of that. I just started the sequel, so we'll see how it goes. I highly recommend it. :D The edges of the pages are a flip book!


Emmy is a good girl, but all her efforts at being good and her burning desire to be normal are to no av
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Lynne Jonell is the author of three novels and seven picture books for children, published by Henry Holt and Penguin/Putnam. Her first novel, Emmy & the Incredible Shrinking Rat, won the Minnesota Book Award, and her most recent novel, The Secret of Zoom, is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her books have received starred reviews in Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Publisher ...more
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