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Miss Bianca (The Rescuers #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  329 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Stated first edition. 152 pages.
Paperback, 124 pages
Published 1977 by Dell Yearling (first published 1962)
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Ivonne Rovira
May 20, 2014 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the young at heart of whatever age
Shelves: favorites
Miss Bianca was my favorite children's book for years. The clever little white mouse with the porcelain pagoda and a rodentine United Nations portfolio struck such a chord with me that, years later, I still sigh with appreciation.

I read all of the Miss Bianca books in my school library (although Dade Elementary's library didn't have them all by a long shot), and I enjoyed them all. To this day, I couldn't tell you why I loved them so much. Perhaps it was that, in the 1960s, female heroines of an
Rebecca McNutt
Jul 23, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I read this one, but The Rescuers series is an excellent set of books for both children and adults alike. Margery Sharp has an evident talent for imagery and depicting characters, and her writing is incredibly original.
Sarah Sammis
Miss Bianca was a very quick read but there's not much substance to the book. The book is nothing more than a slightly padded fairy story in some sort of ambiguous time where there are buses and horse drawn carriages (if the illustrations have any bearing on the story itself). Normally I enjoy Garth William's illustrations but here they were quite grotesque and over done. Oh well, the book will be off to it's next reader soon.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
In contrast to The Rescuers, the second installment of the Miss Bianca series is a tale in which everything that possibly can go wrong does. Murphy's law is in full force, requiring quite a lot of resourcefulness on the part of the eponymous heroine and her faithful squire-at-arms, Bernard to rescue little Patience, the hopeless prisoner of the evil Grand Duchess. Perhaps someone spoke to the author about the too-frequent felicitous coincidences in Vol. 1. However, all's well that ends well in S ...more
Drew Graham
Aug 25, 2016 Drew Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me

The sophisticated and savvy Miss Bianca's wit and willingness are needed once again when the Prisoners' Aid Society learns that a little girl has been taken and forced to work as a slave to the wretched Grand Duchess in the lavishly and gaudily appointed Diamond Palace. In her new position as Madam Chairwoman, Miss Bianca feels especially obligated to lead the way to the child Patience's freedom, enlisting the especial aid of the women of the PAS. But things are not what they seem when some
Apr 28, 2012 Barb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Bianca, Chairwoman of the Prisoners' Aid Society (a charitable mousy organization dedicated to the comfort of incarcerated humans), has a new project to suggest. The last daring adventure, the rescue of a Norwegian poet from the infamous Black Castle (pause for ominous music) was obviously a great ego boost to the mice, and they are consequently quite boisterous and full of themselves. Miss Bianca, waiting for the Society's latest meeting to come to order, muses that

"...their common adventu
"Miss Bianca" is a cute, creative, and humorous story of heroic mice, a downtrodden servant girl, and a cruel Grand Duchess. The premise is nice, as is the writing, and Miss Bianca and Bernard are likable and quite well-developed.
However, something about the book feels insubstantial and not entirely satisfying. This is likely due in part to the Grand Duchess, who is a very two-dimensional villain with no apparent motivation, simply being evil for the sake of being evil. Another factor is that
Lacey Louwagie
I didn't like this book as much as I liked the first in the series -- it was definitely heavier on plot, with there being no question about exactly WHY the little girl in question needed rescuing -- but it was lighter on character development, which was what really set the first book apart for me. There was more humor as a slew of semi-competent mice abandoned Bianca in the diamond palace at the first sign of trouble, then congratulated themselves anyway, but less of the charming interactions. T ...more
Thanks to a thoughtful Valentine's Day gift, I've been revisiting one of my favorite childhood book series - the Miss Bianca series by Margery Sharp. After seeing the 1977 Disney film based on these books (The Rescuers), I got the first 5 books as Christmas and birthday gifts and nearly read the words off the pages. While my original copies are probably long gone, my husband found copies of the Dell Yearling paperbacks with the Garth Williams illustrations, and I spent a couple pleasant hours re ...more
Admittedly, the Rescuers books are based on a rather strange premise to begin with, but this one was odd even by those standards. The story was compelling, if weird, and there was a lot of action. I could see a child picking this up and really liking it. The length was also good for the upper elementary age range. As an adult reading it, I wish it had more polish like the first book in the series. I can't put my finger on why, but this one felt just a little sloppy. I think it could have been th ...more
Nov 30, 2015 Jewels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This fairy tale harkens back to the days when everything wasn't quite PC or pleasant as Disney would have us believe. I doubt very much that any of the movies that they might have made concerning The Rescuers would have contained the grisly ending of any of the old Duchess' servants. I am particularly fond of the original Grimm's fairy tales, so this was actually somewhat familiar to me. We had purchased this series for our young daughter, and along with her Roald Dahl books, we feel that they w ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Storm rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, fiction
Miss Bianca certainly has a task set before her!

Orphaned young, Patience is taken into the custody of the Duchess, a wicked woman who cares nothing for the people she hurts, only how they can best serve her. When Miss Bianca learns of this, she calls on the Prisoners Aide Society to see if they can help the poor girl. It's definitely not their usual task!

Miss Bianca grows more as a character this time around, just as she did before, and it's wonderful to see that she can act independently of her
Barbara Brien
Miss Bianca, Bernard, and the other mice that people this book are charming, well thought out characters. The adventure and the villain are slightly lackluster, but provide adequate foils for the heroine.

The author's writing style is graceful and appealing. My one problem with this, and the other Mouse Prisoners' Aid Society books, stems from the time in which they were written. Miss Bianca is a fiercely independent and strong protagonist, but all other female characters are not portrayed as ni
Apr 28, 2015 Trish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good little read for girls 3rd to 5th grade. It is the sequel to The Rescuers. Garth Williams is the illustrator. There is a bit too many exclamation points!!!! and Miss Bianca is a bit pompous!!!! However, if it stimulates a child to read and go on to bigger and better things, so be it. !!! It took the Nancy Drew Series when I was a girl to really interest me in reading......and then I went on to more mature writing and learned to tell the difference. I can recommend this for the Logo ...more
Aug 03, 2009 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alicia by: Richeys
Rachel, Josh, and I loved this book. (Josh gives it 6 stars) The book is about Bernard and Bianca rescuing a little girl who's been kidnapped, but those are the only similarities to the Disney version of "The Rescuers." (No crocodiles or Madame Medusa in the book) The writing is great, the Garth Williams illustrations are adorable, and the story is exciting. Perfect read-aloud!
A thrilling sequal to The Rescuer's, this tale carries on the story of Miss Bianca and dear Bernard as they try to rescue a little girl from the clutches of The Diamond Duchtess! The dutches resides in a palace all made from diamonds – she adores diamonds so much she wears them in her hair, on her dress, and dangling from her neck. Her odious nature is so peculiarly evil that none can avoid displeasing her. Including the poor little Patience, who must serve the dutchess and abide her 12 mechani ...more
Mar 24, 2014 Rubi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was so cute!
I thought it was funny how the women tried to be heros but in the end, neither they nor the men were of any help haha
it was all up to Miss Bianca with her "knight in shining armor" coming to help at the end.
Poor Bernard is sooo underappreciated haha I love him, though!
And I found the ending for the girl satisfying. :)
Good read, I really enjoyed it.
Riina Ojanen
Pelastuspartio Bernard & Bianca! Kirjaston vaihtokorista löytynyt klassinen lastenkirja oli virkistävän seikkailuhenkinen lukukokemus. Bianca on kaunopuheinen ja rohkea, Bernard uskollinen ja urhea ja pelastettava lapsi todellakin avun tarpeessa, sillä Herttuatar epätavallisen julma. Pitänee hankkia myös ensimmäinen osa omaan hyllyyn, harmi ettei näitä suomennettu enempää.
Just as cute as the first one. Although 'The Rescuers Down Under' was Disney's own storyline, I wanted to read this since it enhances the Bianca character and the animators built on it. And of course, I had to dig around for the version with Garth William's illustrations. On to Beauty and the the 90's! Heck, I'm even alive for this release!
Esta segunda novelita de Los Rescatadores es tan encantadora como la primera, pero menos redonda. Me ha gustado menos "la misión" en sí (de la que partió claramente la película de Disney) y los personajes de Miss Bianca y Bernard han evolucionado mucho menos de lo que esperaba.

Es mas ligera, con más acción y menos desarrollo de personajes.
Kit Dunsmore
An old favorite. I never read The Rescuers, but I loved this story as a kid, and it still makes a comforting bedtime read. I'm a sucker for talking animals that interact with children. Mice that save orphans are even better.
Jun 09, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adorable, as usual! Such a pleasure to read. They say that this was the one that formed the basis of the movie, but it's quite a loose adaptation. Don't read this one thinking you'll be reading the movie.
Charming, though sentimental, story of very brave mice. This is a sequel to "The Rescuers." The art by Garth Williams simply delights me. (You'll recognize his work from Charlotte's Web and Little House.)
Jul 28, 2010 Carmine rated it really liked it
an all time favorite from childhood, can't wait to read it to my daughter. Luckily, I found a copy at the SPL booksale a few years back.

Why, oh why are the Miss Bianca books still out of print?!?!!?
Feb 02, 2011 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, animal-books
As a child, I loved this book, and I still love it now. Charming and memorable characters--and the beautiful illustrations!
Apr 17, 2012 Brittany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as I expected. Perhaps I would have liked The Rescuers better? Thought the plot was pretty flat.
May 06, 2009 Freder rated it it was amazing
Romantic Victorian Gothic Thriller Adventure. . . with mice. Wonderful, but the series gets better from here.
May 23, 2010 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another funny, swiftly paced, and engaging tale from Margery Sharp. WHY ARE THESE BOOKS OUT OF PRINT?!
Rachel Soderberg
Read it with the boys: interesting and fun. Was surprised at how captivated my 3 year old was.
Jan 04, 2014 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cute! Should have read the Rescuers first. Love the Garth Williams illustrations
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Margery Sharp was born Clara Margery Melita Sharp in Salisbury. She spent part of her childhood in Malta.

Sharp wrote 26 novels, 14 children's stories, 4 plays, 2 mysteries and many short stories. She is best known for her series of children's books about a little white mouse named Miss Bianca and her companion, Bernard. Two Disney films have been made based on them, called The Rescuers and The Res
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Other Books in the Series

The Rescuers (9 books)
  • The Rescuers (The Rescuers, #1)
  • The Turret (The Rescuers, #3)
  • Miss Bianca in the Salt Mines (The Rescuers, #4)
  • Miss Bianca in the Orient (The Rescuers, #5)
  • Miss Bianca in the Antarctic (The Rescuers, #6)
  • Miss Bianca And The Bridesmaid
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