Mrs. Shepherd has injected four kids with a shrinking formula and is keeping them trapped inside a doll house! Why is she doing this? Will they ever escape? Will they ever become normal-sized again? How could this happen?

14-year-old Kyle Wilson was riding his bike home from art class when he saw a woman standing beside her car at the side of the road.  Thinking she was having car trouble, he stopped to help.  The next thing he knew he was being shoved into the trunk of her car.

LET THIS BE A WARNING!   If you see someone with car trouble, call 911 on your cell phone.

When Kyle awoke, he found himself lying on a rug inside a house with no windows. With him were three other kids and a dog. The story they told him seemed unbelievable until the roof suddenly lifted and he saw a giant eye peering down at him!

When I first saw the cover of this book I was instantly reminded of an episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE that scared the bejeebers out of me as a kid.  It was called “The Invaders”.

In it,  a woman encounters a tiny spaceship with  little astronauts that terrorize her until she kills them one by one.  Only as the story ends, does the camera pan back to the crumpled spaceship to show us the words “The United States of America”  and we realize that the invaders were us!

The Lambkins is not quite as terrifying because we know (don’t we?) that this is not real.  People can’t really shrink.  But, if we suspend reality for a moment to imagine that we could, it is a bit scary.  I think, however, that the part I would hate most is being trapped inside the dollhouse, not being shrunk.  It might be fun to be so tiny.

 

Alice

Born to read, forced to work.

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