Review: Ms. Rapscott’s Girls, by Elise Primavera

April 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

Ms Rapscott's Girls by Elise PrimaveraMs. Rapscott has founded the Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents in her lighthouse on a deliciously stormy shore, and now she watches the skies for the arrival of her first five pupils.  Her pupils are delivered in boxes, of course, because they are the daughters of the Busiest Parents in the World, who certainly have no time to deliver them personally.  Each of the first four boxes contains a rumpled, grumpy little girl, but the fifth – alas, Dahlia Thistle’s parents were too busy to seal the box properly, and she has been Lost.  Thankfully, Ms. Rapscott has many adventures planned for her students, which include very determinedly Not Finding Dahlia Thistle.

Elise Primavera’s Ms. Rapscott’s Girls is an adorable book: part Mary Poppins, part Madeleine, with a pinch of Snicket’s bittersweet quirkiness and a heap of adventure – birthday cake, bumbershoot trees, indoor blizzards, and Amelia Earhart’s lost plane.  And I can’t forget Ms. Rapscott herself, who leads the girls boldly – if cryptically – through every adventure, only to forget all about it by the next morning.  And then there are her two assistants, Lewis (who wears a wristwatch) and Clark (who keeps a clipboard), faithful corgis.

The book is light and fluffy and fun – a bit like a perfect slice of birthday cake.  There is a little bittersweet edge to it, because the girls are the daughters of the Busiest Parents in the World and therefore neglected.  However, on the whole the book is a happy one, and a quick, clean, enjoyable read.

I would recommend this book to children aged 8-10. 


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