Book Review: Miss Bianca in the Antarctic

Miss Bianca in the Antarctic by Margery Sharp
Miss Bianca in the Antarctic 
by Margery Sharp

3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

Miss Bianca, Bernard, and Nils are together again, determined to rescue their Norwegian poet friend, who is once again a prisoner, this time in the frozen wastelands of the Antarctic. They encounter some friendly penguins, some not-so-friendly polar bears (who are visiting through an exchange program), and one egotistical Emperor penguin who threatens to keep everyone prisoner for eternity.

This book is not my favorite in the series. It lacked imagination, although there are a few clever little characters. Mostly the story lacked any structure or suspense. I was disappointed that the poet is rescued almost immediately, and then Miss Bianca and Bernard spend the rest of the time just meeting various arctic animals. I was also disappointed that Nils is only present in a couple of chapters at the beginning. I wanted to see Nils working with the team again!
Still a fun little book in the series and worth the read, but not the best.

Book Review: The Rescuers

The Rescuers by Margery Sharp
The Rescuers 
by Margery SharpGarth Williams

5 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

I love this book more and more every time I read it! It’s nothing like the movies, of course. Nils, and Bernard, and Miss Bianca are such charming and stalwart characters. The plot is so interesting and funny, and the writing is just brilliant!

Bernard must persuade Miss Bianca to help the Prisoner’s Aid Society in finding a Norwegian mouse who will bravely rescue a Norwegian poet from the cold dungeons of the Black Castle. Once she finds the courageous Nils, a seafaring Norwegian mouse, Miss Bianca is swept along in the adventure, and the three unlikely companions are tested to the limit of their abilities in the Black Castle. No mouse has ever freed a prisoner before, but these clever mice are determined to save the poet!

10 Favorite Children’s Authors

Of course, after I filmed this, I thought of about 20 more authors that I ought to have included in my list! And then I started thinking that I ought to have re-ordered them differently with some authors higher or lower on the list. It’s just too hard to choose!

Here are a few authors that also bear mentioning, but didn’t quite make the cut for this list…
Cornelia Funke
D. J. McHale
Brian Jacques
George MacDonald
Noel Streatfeild
Rick Riordan
Joan Aiken
Blue Balliett
Roald Dahl
Frank L. Baum
Suzanne Collins
Madeline L’Engle
M. I. McAllister