Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell, illustrated by Jonathan Bean

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: YA Literature

Medium: Hardback

Synopsis: Emmy is nice.  Emmy does all her homework on time.  She eats all her vegetables.  She even goes to pottery classes, gymnastics, and French lessons.  So why won’t her parents notice her?  They’ve left her in the care of the meanest nanny, who seems set on making sure Emmy is as miserable as possible.  But, one day, Emmy hears a voice.  And that voice is coming from their classroom rat.  And Rat, as she soon finds out, isn’t very nice at all.  He does give good advice, though.

Review: I was immediately drawn to this book because of the cover illustration.  The mixture of blues and yellows truly makes it stand out from the other books, especially when they’re all lined up at a bookstore or library.  That’s not the only reason why this book stands out, though.  After all, with a title like Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, who wouldn’t be interested?

Even when I began to read it, my curiosity was piqued at multiple times throughout the narrative.  Just why is that nanny so mean?  What do you mean that rat can talk?  Why do none of her classmates know who Emmy is?  And, of course, the further you delve into this novel, the more mysteries that are unraveled…

Accompanied with this fun plot are the illustrations of Jonathan Bean.  There’s an illustration on each page, but they change ever so slightly, so that once you’re done with the book, you can turn the margins into a fun flipbook animatic!  I’ve only seen this sort of “Flip-O-Rama” style of illustration in Captain Underpants, so I was so pleased to see it here, too.

Honestly, this is the kind of book that makes me wish that I had kids so that I could read it to them.  That’s how good this book is.  In fact, I may have to purchase it so I can have it for my own shelves.

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