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The Rescuers (New York Review Books Children's Collection) Hardcover – July 12, 2011
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“Miss Sharp’s delicate and sophisticated humor is good fun for wise children from age 10 to 100.” —Jerome Cushman, Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Garth Williams (1912–1996) illustrated nearly one hundred books for children, including Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, A Cricket in Times Square by George Selden, and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Born in New York City to English artist parents, Williams lived in New Jersey, France, and Canada before moving to England in 1922. He had plans to be an architect but ultimately studied painting, design, and sculpture at the Westminster Art School and the Royal College of Art. Having returned to the United States after World War II, Williams found work at The New Yorker, where he met E. B. White just as the latter was finishing Stuart Little. Williams also wrote and illustrated several books of his own, including The Chicken Book: A Traditional Rhyme, The Adventures of Benjamin Pink, Baby Animals, and The Rabbits’ Wedding.
Top Customer Reviews
Miss Bianca is, in a word, a piece of work: ravishingly beautiful, with a small silver chain about her neck, she embodies Fifties ladylike femininity to a degree not seen outside of Tennessee Williams. Charming, adroitly diplomatic, but I'm afraid, a bit of a ditz, who, with a sigh, owns that she "knows nothing about machinery", frets and has a headache at the least provocation, is a fanatic for interior decoration, and is too dumb to know that most cats just want to eat her. Nonetheless, she finds Nils, a Norwegian seafaring mouse (somehow the joke would work better with a *rat*, I think), and the three go off to rescue Mr. Poet.
In the Black Castle, they face Mameluke, "the Head's" (of the prison) black Persian, subject of several of Garth William's most startling drawings. For an illustrator who's been a cornerstone of cute, Mameluke, done with all the round furriness of his work with Golden Books, is truly shocking, with a malevolent glare and alarming teeth, setting off Miss Bianca's Madame Pompidor fragility.Read more ›
The Prisoners' Aid Society is a noble institution. Run entirely by mice, the society strives to help cheer and aid a variety of prisoners held around the world. This they do for the good of the world around them, and their selflessness is to be commended. When it comes to the attention of the society that a Norwegian poet has been wrongly imprisoned in the legendary (and much feared) Black Castle, the mice waste no time in formulating a plan for the man's release. The first thing to do, however, is to locate a brave Norwegian mouse to speak to the prisoner. This would normally be a long and tedious process, but luck is with the society. Bernard, a solid sturdy brown mouse, is dispatched to enlist the aid of Miss Bianca. Miss Bianca is the white pet mouse of the ambassador's son and she has always lived in the lap of luxury.Read more ›
It was great; all three of us (my two daughters and I) were transported by these tales. Ms. Sharp's prose is luscious, wicked, rich. The tales are exciting, funny, preposterous. The stories are old-fashioned...there isn't a very firm commitment to reality. These are mice who rescue prisoners; reality would be inappropriate. But letting go of Facts can be asking too much of modern-day readers who are bound (by TV and movies?) to only visualize what Dreamworks would screen or Pixar would pixelate. Don't stop there! Let your imagination carry you beyond the Facts...well, anyway, have fun with some wonderful books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Rescuers is a story that I hold dear to my heart. The story is about three mice, named Nils, Bernard, and of course Miss Bianca, who all go on a mission, sent by The... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Catherine Ashby
What a surprisingly wonderful story! Excellently written, unexpectedly hilarious, and beautifully illustrated! Much better than the movie and worth rememberingPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like this book. My kids are enjoying this book even if vocabulary is a little bit hard for them.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I devoured these when I was little and was excited to find them in such a nice edition. They are very sturdy and well made and all the original illustrations are present.Published 12 months ago by Janice Siegford
I loved this book. I never read it as a child and did not read it to my children (I wish I had). I read it recently because I have discovered Margery Sharp and am trying to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by James
Cute story!! I loved the movies growing up and I wish I had discovered this book years ago. I would recommend this book to anyone who loved Disney's movies or possibly a child in... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stephanie
This was a favorite of my daughter's, so it was a natural choice for my 9 year old granddaughter this year. Read morePublished 19 months ago by M. Michelle Hutchinson