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Books Inc. Kids Review - Ms. Rapscott's Girls by Elise Primavera

Ms. Rapscott's Girls by Elise Primavera
Publication Date: March 10th, 2015
Publisher: Dial Books
Genre: Action Adventure
Ages: 8-12

Fans of Mary Poppins will love this whimsical tale of a boarding school for children of very busy parents, where an extraordinary headmistress teaches them life lessons about courage, adventure, friendship . . . and the importance of birthday cake.
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 Ms. Rapscott couldn't agree more, but her students, who are shipped to the school in boxes, could use a little convincing. Still, despite their initial reluctance, 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 strength and bravery.

Busy parents don’t have time to teach their daughters things like How to Boil an Egg or How to Stick Up for One’s Self. That’s where Ms. Rapscott comes in. Her school is specifically for teaching Girls with Busy Parents everything they need to know. Her current crop of girls is one short though—one of the flying cardboard boxes that deliver her charges wasn’t sealed properly, and the poor girl was lost! Will they ever find her?  This is one of my favorite books from the past year. It has such humor and heart that I smiled the whole way through, especially whenever Lewis and Clark - the teacher’s assistants who just happen to be sweater-and-watch wearing, clipboard-wielding corgis - were mentioned.
Reviewed by Eleanor from Books Inc. Palo Alto

Current Obsession - Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Nest by Kenneth Oppel, Illus. by Jon Klassen
Expected Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 256 pages

Steve just wants to save his baby brother--but what will he lose in the bargain?
This is a haunting gothic tale for fans of "Coraline," from acclaimed author Kenneth Oppel ("Silverwing," "The Boundless") with illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.
For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it's just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp's nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to "fix" the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.
All he has to do is say "Yes." But "yes" is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?
Celebrated author Kenneth Oppel creates an eerie masterpiece in this compelling story that explores disability and diversity, fears and dreams, and what ultimately makes a family. Includes illustrations from celebrated artist Jon Klassen.

Highly Anticipating - I Will Take a Nap! by Mo Willems & Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

I Will Take a Nap! by Mo Willems
Expected Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Ages: 3-5

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.
Gerald and Piggie are best friends.
In "I Will Take a Nap " Gerald is tired and cranky. Will Piggie be in his dreams? Or will she keep Gerald from dreaming at all?


Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins
Expected Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Chronicle
Ages: 4-7

Who knew that cakes were so rude? In this deliciously entertaining book, a not-so-sweet cake--who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents--gets its just desserts. Mixing hilarious text and pictures, Rowboat Watkins, a former Sendak fellow, has cooked up a laugh-out- loud story that can also be served up as a delectable discussion starter about manners or bullying, as it sweetly reminds us all that even the rudest cake can learn to change its ways.

Why We Can't Wait: The illustrations are the perfect complement to this whimsical and silly story about a very rude cake who's mistaken as being a hat for a giant. It's utterly ridiculous and delightfully funny!


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