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Bink and Gollie Paperback – April 10, 2012

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 310L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bink and Gollie
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763659541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763659547
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 1-3–In three humorous interconnected stories, Gollie, a self-confident girl who lives in a fashionable, contemporary house, and Bink, her rumpled but lovable, impish friend, are adventure-seeking companions, each with her own strong will. In the first tale, Bink's outrageous socks offend Gollie's sartorial eye, but the two compromise for friendship's sake. The second story sends Gollie on an imagined climb up the Andes, shutting Bink out of the house until she arrives at the door with a sandwich, which they share on top of the “mountain.” In the final episode, Gollie is jealous of Bink's new pet fish until Bink reassures her that no one can take her place. All three stories, written with short sentences, abundant dialogue, and some contemporary expressions, offer delightful portrayals of two headstrong characters who, despite their differences and idiosyncratic quirks, know the importance of true friendship. The delightful digitalized cartoon illustrations–mostly black and white, with color used for the two characters and in strategic splashes throughout–reinforce the humor of the text. Filled with movement, they successfully portray the protagonists' changing moods. Elementary listeners and readers will have no trouble relating to the two friends' antics and the bond they share.Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, The Naples Players, FL
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

From two high-profile authors and an award-winning illustrator comes this zany hybrid of picture book, graphic novel, and early reader that introduces an endearing new pair of odd-couple friends. Short, blond, sprout-haired Bink and tall, tidy Gollie are complete opposites, but they’re also devoted pals who visit each other every day: Bink from her tiny rustic cottage; Gollie from her sleek, chic tree house filled with mid-twentieth-century furniture. Three episodes explore common friendship dilemmas: in the first, the girls discuss the meaning of compromise; next, Gollie longs for personal space; and finally, Bink’s new pet sparks Gollie’s jealousy. Reality is gleefully suspended here; parents and school don’t seem to exist. Although the scenes don’t quite combine into a developed story, the repetition of phrases and appealingly oddball elements (roller skates, pancakes, rainbow socks) create a sense of cohesion, while Fucile’s expressive, cartoon-style drawings, including several wordless spreads, extend the sense of character, story, and madcap adventure. Children will have fun filling in all the spaces this high-spirited, quirky, and warmhearted offering leaves to the imagination. Grades K-3. --Gillian Engberg --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Customer Reviews

What an interesting story and I love the illustrations.
Michele M. Prosser
This book contains three stories, all of which are wonderfully illustrated and which convey a sense of whimsy.
Z Hayes
All of the three B & G books are among their favorite books ever and we read them often.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kate on September 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My rating is 3.5 stars.

The delightfully fun drawings of Tony Fucile are, IMHO, worthy of top billing in this short collection of three stories by popular children's authors Kate DiCamillo (The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn-Dixie) and Alison McGhee (Someday). I loved the black & white illustrations and the punches of color that drew the eye.

To my surprise, while I thought the writing was fine (though not stellar), I was less than enamored with the stories & the character of Gollie. The lovable Bink completely won me over, but Gollie? Not so much.

Here's why:

Story 1: Bink & Gollie go into a store where Bink buys some brightly striped socks. She loves them. Gollie does not. Later the girls "compromise" and Bink wears only one of the socks.
My thoughts: Why the heck does Bink have to stop wearing something she loves in order to ensure Gollie's friendship?
Story 2: Gollie is in her bedroom imagining a mountaineering trip and Bink is having some difficulty understanding the "Keep Out" signs on Gollie's door.
My thoughts: Wanting some time alone is understandable and I don't have any problem with it. But why was it only when Bink showed up with food that Gollie relented and let her in? Was she hungry?
Story 3: Bink buys a fish and is thrilled to death with it even though Gollie tells her it's a lousy pet.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Hunt on September 27, 2010
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My two kids (and me) are huge Kate DiCamillo fans. For my daughter (10) it all began with The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and for my son (7) the Mercy Watson series. Bink and Gollie is just plain fun! Quirky and original which is what my kids are drawn to. My daughter is also a fan of co-author Alison McGhee and her Julia Jillian series so naturally we were excited about theit collaboration. This adorable short chapter book about two friends subtlely conveys the beauty of relationships and self-discovery that these two authors are so great at. Simple and sweet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lori Katz on November 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Reading BINK & GOLLIE made me smile. When I sat down to read it I didn't know what to expect. The book is a graphic novel and easy chapter book rolled into one and yet so much more. Bink & Gollie show that with compromise true friendship survives. I loved the b & w illustrations with splashes of color and the humorous text filled with luscious vocabulary. Children will want to use their gray matter for adventures of their
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on October 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
From the first page, when I saw the amazing treehouse that the girls live in, I wanted to move right in. Check out that fabulous deck! With a telescope!

Two best friends, each very different, star in this collection of expertly written stories. Sparing use of color lends emphasis and draws the eye throughout the highly illustrated text. Tall, well-groomed Gollie plays a sort of Felix Unger to Bink's exuberant, irrepressible Oscar as they make their way around town. Much like Nate the Great, Gollie seems to have a craving for pancakes, while Bink's stout frame could be attributed to the numerous peanut butter sandwiches she always seems to be fixing for herself. Three little mini-adventures are included in the book. The two girls go roller-skating and end up shopping at a sock bonanza, Gollie goes adventuring in the Andes (sort of) and Bink purchases a goldfish to be her marvelous companion. When Bink makes the ill-advised move of taking her goldfish Fred out roller-skating, disaster ensues. Although Gollie has never been fond of Fred, she leaps into action, saving the day by relocating Fred to a nearby pond.

I must admit, I did feel a little pang of worry about that frozen fish in the pond on the final page. Bink and Gollie seem pleased though - they're confidently skating along, smiling, perhaps secure in the knowledge that the fish will thaw out in the spring? I think a lot of really great children's literature does that though... leaves you wondering and worrying about some small detail.

Bink and Gollie is a little tough to categorize. I nearly want to put in alongside beginning reader books like James Marshall's George and Martha, or Lobel's Frog and Toad, but the difficulty of some of the vocabulary would seem to preclude that.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Swapna Gupta on January 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up from the local library for my nephew. I loved it and so did my nephew. The pictures, the personalities of the two characters and their language, make both you and your child smile. And you think to yourself I need to look for more Bink and Gollie books. I didn't find them at the library. And now that I am searching here on Amazon, it seems there are no more. I wish there were!

Oh and I forgot to mention, next time I visited my nephew, he said "Greetings Boo E" ("Greetings" is how Bink and Gollie greet each other. Boo E is just what my nephew calls me.).
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