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Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat (Emmy #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  5,657 Ratings  ·  499 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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Nov 24, 2008 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Aug 11, 2007 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 29, 2010 Uci rated it really liked it
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
Mar 18, 2008 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 10, 2011 Qt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fantasy
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.
Feb 15, 2009 Adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2016 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A girl named Emmy has parents who strike it rich and travel the world leaving Emmy behind with her cruel nanny. She never fit in. She also sat next to a class pet rat who had bit her once before. He seemed to talk but only she could hear him. Until her and a boy’s life got turned upside down!
I cannot text to world this….
Spoiler alert!: Though I can see why she would not stab the mouse for the blood to have her not neglected I would not have either.
I can’t think of anything else to relate to thi
Ruth Carter
Jul 19, 2009 Ruth Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
May 19, 2013 Kylie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
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.
Cami Stivee
Feb 28, 2014 Cami Stivee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Reading this with friends looking really good so far , I'm sure it'll get EVEN better once I get farther into it!
Abhi Mantha
Jan 26, 2017 Abhi Mantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 happ ...more
Feb 03, 2017 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this was adorable. Middle school level, and would be super fun for a classroom, but I'm really happy I saw it at the thrift store. (Signed, too!)
Peggy  Sandstrom
Nov 21, 2016 Peggy Sandstrom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun fantasy mystery about a lonely little girl and an amazing rat.....and a very nasty nanny.
Dec 27, 2016 H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read aloud with 8 year old daughter. Strong female main character. Fantastical.
Eman Hager
Jan 29, 2017 Eman Hager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a great book, However
Becky B
Sep 16, 2012 Becky B rated it liked it  ·  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
Oct 17, 2016 Kristy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute book, made me laugh several times.
Jun 25, 2010 Truly rated it really liked it
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
Julia Zuklie
Mar 06, 2017 Julia Zuklie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nov 01, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, 2012
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
The day her parents inherited a fortune Emmy’s life became noticeably worse. Her parents, entranced by their new wealth, began taking long trips around the world, leaving Emmy under the care of a new, and not-terribly-kind nanny, Miss Barmy. The only creature who paid any attention to her at all is the class pet, a talking rat determined to seek fame and fortune in the giant world outside. But first, he has to talk Emmy into letting him out of his cage.

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Aug 14, 2012 Nadine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 20, 2011 Brandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, juvenile, 2011
Emmy's wealthy and extravagant parents are always away from home, traveling around the world to seek out the most illustrious parties and sights. That leaves Emmy in the care of her nanny, Miss Barmy. Miss Barmy is a mean woman who keeps Emmy busy all the time with clubs and activities which leaves little time for Emmy to make friends. Not that anyone in her class notices her anyway. Emmy often feels invisible until one day when the rat in the cage next to her started mumbling. Emmy was not accu ...more
Sinta Nisfuanna
Nov 11, 2011 Sinta Nisfuanna rated it liked it
Shelves: dunia-anak
Pinjam dari Mbak Astrid
Tikus? Hedeh! Gak banget dah! Membayangkan wujudnya yang kusut, kotor, suka tiba-tiba nongol di selokan *yeuh*, sudah bikin begidik gak karuan, apalagi kalau sampai bersentuhan *kabur!* Saat saya masih kecil, pernah sekali waktu jempol kaki digigit tikus. Arrgh! Sakit, yah wajar sih karena waktu itu saya langsung tidur di lantai tanpa mencuci kaki. Well, kecapekan sepertinya. Untung gigitannya tidak terlalu dalam dan sembuh dalam beberapa waktu. Untung lagi, si tikus bu
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
Pop Bop
Jan 24, 2015 Pop Bop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
So, Can You Have A Really Funny Middle Grade Psychological Suspense Thriller?

Don't get me wrong - the book is funny, the heroine Emmy has all the right stuff, the many secondary characters are well realized and interesting, and the rodent characters are tremendously appealing. The rodent world is creatively realized, and the action and overall plotting, while sometimes manic, is maintained at a great and entertaining pace.

But, the author was so effective in creating "the cold-hearted nanny, Miss
Aug 08, 2011 J.C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic, my-favorites

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
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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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