Come along on an adventure - Ms. Rapscott's Girls
Perfect for anyone who loves Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Matilda, or Mary Poppins is Elise Primavera's Ms. Rapscott's Girls. In the Big White Light House by the Sea, with her two loyal corgis, Lewis and Clark, Ms. Rapscott is Director of Admissions, Headmistress, and Sole Teacher of the the Miss Rapscott's School for Girls of Busy Parents. The book opens with several pages of Primavera's charming pencil drawing, anchoring Ms. Rapscott and her unique environment in the minds of readers. Standing on the gallery deck of her lighthouse, Ms. Rapscott and the corgis are waiting for the arrival of their packages, five large boxes containing the daughters of the Five Busiest Parents in the World.
Packed, with varying degrees of success, by their distracted and busy parents, Bea, Faye, Annabelle, Mildred and poor Dahlia Thistle into large boxes and send on the winds to Ms. Rapscott's School for Girls of Busy Parents, this rag tag group of girls will learn to be brave, enthusiastic, and self-reliant, and learn how to get lost on purpose whether they like it or not.
Although the landscape Primavera creates is fantastic, filled with Skysweeper Winds, wild weather, bumbershoots, and an Alps made of ice cream, the lessons are universal. Including mundane, but often forgotten things like, how to write a decent thank you note, and why, how to be a good leader without being a boss, and how to cross the street without getting smooshed flat. This is a delightful book for elementary school readers who are exploring the edges of independence.
Parent note: Although this book is about a girl's boarding school, there is nothing "girlish" about this book. Its great for any kid who enjoys adventure and likes the idea of mildly mocking their own parents for their distractedness.
Ms. Rapscott's Girls author & illustrator Elise Primavera
Published 2015 Puffin Books 262 pp.