|Ms. Rapscott's girls (Ms. Rapscott's girls)|
Author: Primavera, Elise
[Ms. Rapscott's girls 1] At Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents, Ms. Rapscott teaches her students How to Get Lost on Purpose, resulting in a series of fantastical adventures that makes each learn a little something about courage, strength, bravery, and teamwork.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.40
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 173944
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.60
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 67592
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/14)
School Library Journal (11/01/14)
Booklist (+) (01/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 11/01/2014 Gr 3–6—At Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents, the lessons learned are far from the ordinary. From getting lost on purpose to a making birthday cake, Ms. Rapscott strives to create well-rounded students who can enjoy an adventure. After being shipped to the school in flying boxes, the students are not as keen on the adventures as Ms. Rapscott. Nonetheless, after time, the girls begin to see the beauty and fun in the "less travelled road" which is the Great Rapscott School. Elise Primavera, author and illustrator of the "Auntie Claus" (Houghton Harcourt) series and The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls (HarperCollins, 2006), blends artful drawings with a whimsical story line. Although there is an underdevelopment in the background and characters, the plot unfolds nicely. The story is unpredictably unique, and if readers can suspend their disbelief, they will be swept up in the narrative.—Brittney Kosev, Dave Blair Elementary School, Farmers Branch, TX - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 01/01/2015 *Starred Review* A notice goes out: “Attention Busy Parents! Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents has a unique curriculum designed solely for your daughter.” For parents who are too busy to bring their daughters (which is all of them), a cardboard box is provided for mailing them to the school. This sets the tone for a story that fits neatly into the literary world of Mary Poppins and Nanny Piggins, where bemused children are brought up to snuff by a caring, albeit odd and occasionally alarming, caretaker. Here the children are belligerent Bea, fact-filled Amanda, nervous Fay, and lazy Mildred, and their teacher is Ms. Rapscott, a head-girl type who was once a child of busy parents herself and prefers a life so bracing that she lives in a lighthouse where the weather is always bad. How Ms. Rapscott pushes her charges beyond what they thought themselves capable of makes for a clever, highly amusing read with some sterling life lessons slipped in the cracks. Almost best of all are Primavera’s fanciful pencil illustrations, featuring two of the most delightful (if silent) of the book’s characters, Lewis and Clark, turtlenecked corgis that efficiently manage the girls and their hair-raising adventures. A plucky, invigorating romp with more adventures on the horizon. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.