Author(s): Elise Primavera
Nestled inside a lighthouse, Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents takes its motto from Amelia Earhart: Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Headmistress extraordinaire Ms. Rapscott couldn't agree more. But her students, who arrive via boxes, could use a little convincing. Still, despite their initial reluctance to embrace Ms. Rapscott's unconventional methods, the students are soon soaring through the sky and getting lost on purpose. In addition to learning what birthday cakes are and how best to approach a bumbershoot tree, the students also manage to learn a little something about courage, strength, and bravery. After all, Ms. Rapscott wouldn't have it any other way.
A Mary Poppins for the next generation from a bestselling author, with charming illustrations in the vein of Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
Praise for Ms. Rapscott's Girls *"Amusing reading with some 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, turtle-necked corgis that efficiently manage the girls and their hairraising adventures. An invigorating romp with more adventures on the horizon."--Booklist, starred review "Quirky and imaginative, aimed at middle-graders who like their fiction with a twist." -KirkusReviews "Blends artful drawings with a whimsical story line . . . the plot unfolds nicely. The story is unpredictably unique."--School Library Journal "Fans of Mrs. Piggle Wiggle will enjoy the feisty nature of this novel. Double-page illustrations are a spectacular accompaniment to the smooth narration. A sequel is just begging to be written!"--School Library Connection "In this breezy novel, Primavera evokes the spirit of such larger-than-life characters as Willy Wonka and Mary Poppins with Ms. Rapscott, the mysterious, take-charge, and oddly nurturing headmistress of the Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents. In a sequence of wordless pencil illustrations a la The Invention of Hugo Cabret . . .Primavera charmingly depicts the girls' activities in her soft pencil artwork, and a neat resolution and the suggestion of a new school term will leave readers eager for another outing."--Publishers Weekly"
Elise Primavera, the bestselling author of Auntie Claus, has been writing and illustrating books for children for more than twenty-five years. She lives in Red Bank, New Jersey.