Ms. Rapscott's Girls

3 CDs. 3:40 hrs. Listening Library. $27. ISBN 9781101890653. digital download.
Gr 3–6—Ms. Rapscott's School for Girls of Very Busy Parents is a special place for female students whose parents do not have time for such tedious tasks as reading bedtime stories or answering annoying questions like "What is a birthday present?" Ms. Rapscott knows parents are so busy they won't have time to fill out applications, much less bring their daughters to the school, so she thoughtfully sends acceptance letters in advance, along with prepaid boxes in which they can ship their girls directly to the school. Once the students arrive, Ms. Rapscott teaches the girls all the things their parents have been too busy to teach them—like how to cross the street safely and the importance of changing underwear daily. With witticisms and memorable quips, the humorous tone of this book is reminiscent of Lemony Snicket's "Series of Unfortunate Events" (HarperCollins) books and will appeal to boys, girls, and even adults who appreciate great wordplay. Katherine Kellgren narrates the story using unique and emotive voices.
VERDICT Overall, this is an excellent story and resource for any library serving upper elementary age students.

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