Reviews for Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat


AudioFile Reviews 2010 May
Ever since her parents became rich, Emmy's life has been a lot less fun--they disappear on long trips and leave her in the hands of a cold-hearted nanny named Miss Barmy. All this begins to change when Emmy is bitten by a talking rat. Soon she begins to unravel the mystery of her parents' strange behavior, gaining many animal friends along the way. Read by author Lynne Jonell and a full cast, the production is multivoiced without being fully dramatized. Jonell narrates with an understated curiosity and humor that allow this quirky tale to shine, while other cast members sound appropriate, if not memorable. This imaginative story is sure to engage the whole family. F.G. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 June

Gr 3-6--Emmy has memories of a loving home, caring parents, and close friends. However, since her family inherited a fortune, moved into a new home, and Emmy got a nanny named Miss Barmy, life has gone terribly awry. The child often feels invisible at school, and her parents take increasingly long trips and don't seem to care about her. A talking rat that serves as the class pet is the only creature that really seems to notice Emmy. Oddly, he doesn't talk to anyone else. One day, in frustration, Emmy frees the class pet, unleashing an increasingly wild series of events in which Emmy, the rat, her friend Joe, and a cadre of intriguing characters discover that Miss Barmy is using rats with special powers to control and influence Emmy's family. Lynne Jonell narrates her debut novel (Holt, 2007), perfectly portraying everything from Emmy's dire predicament to the rat's hilarious attempts to find stardom. Her pacing is spot-on. The cast of unique characters, both rodent and human, are brought to life in vivid, and often humorous fashion by a full cast. Tim and Tate Green do a wonderful job of capturing the personalities of Emmy and her cantankerous companion. This audiobook provides loads of fun, a touch of fright, and plenty of intrigue to keep listeners thoroughly engaged.--Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT

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