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Bink and Gollie: Two for One Hardcover – June 12, 2012
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—School Library Journal (starred review)
B&G again hit that sweet spot where picture books, graphic novels, and early readers converge... The book follows a satisfying trajectory from the first story’s slapstick through the second’s pathos to conclude with the affirmation of friendship in the third, and the blend of humor and sympathetic warmth buoys the story throughout. This endearing partnership remains a treat to follow, and readers will be as delighted as Bink and Gollie about the fortune-teller-certified long-term soundness of their friendship.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
Another welcome sequel...illustrated with zany energy. Here the mismatched best friends compete at the state fair to win a large doughnut, "nature's most perfect food," and together "travel the darkened path" to a gypsy tent, where a wizened Madame Prunely gives them a lovely glimpse of the future.
—The Wall Street Journal
Fucile’s lively artwork and detailed cartoon-style drawings, in combination with DiCamillo and McGhee’s simple, droll words, are spot-on when it comes to depicting humorous and sympathetic moments, and they excel in highlighting the great joys of best friendship. Kids will be left eagerly anticipating the further adventures of this unlikely—and completely charming—duo.
About the Author
Alison McGhee is the award-winning author of books for all ages, including Song of Middle C, illustrated by Scott Menchin; the #1 New York Times bestseller Someday, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds; the young adult novel All Rivers Flow to the Sea; and the adult novel Shadow Baby, a Today Show Book Club selection. Alison McGhee lives in Minnesota.
Tony Fucile is the author-illustrator of Let’s Do Nothing! and the illustrator of Hallie Durand’s Mitchell’s License. He has spent more than twenty years designing and animating characters for numerous feature films, including The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. Tony Fucile lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Top Customer Reviews
In the first "B&G" book the three stories were warm and touching with snappy dialogue. In this follow-up most all of that is gone. In the first book three storeis were:
1. B&G go roller skating and buy socks. The two friends disagree about the socks, but make a compromise to settle the disagreement.
2. Gollie goes on an adventure and when it's complete can't wait to share it with her friend, Bink.
3. Bink buys a goldfish and Gollie is mildly jealous. The friends agree that nothing can come between them.
NOW, in this new franchise-killing follow-up the three stories are:
1. B&G go to a carnival and Bink hits a man in the face with a baseball, repeatedly. So many times, in fact, that the man is bandaged, swollen, and can't talk right anymore. HIGH-larious! No 3-4 year old child would EVER try to imitate this behavior, right?
Man, is it funny when people are repeatedly hit in the face.
2. B&G go to a talent show, but Gollie has incredible stage freight, cannot speak, and flees the stage. Again, no children ever have shyness issues or would think to imitate behavior they see in stories. So no need to worry that your little one may suddenly decided she gets stage freight. No problem there.
3. B&G go to a fortune teller and are easily duped. Kids are gullible, so that's really funny. Kids are dumb.
This is not to say that this book doesn't stay along the path of the friendship theme. It does. It's just that the writing is poor and so are the stories. Do you like that book "Let's Do Nothing!"?Read more ›
Bink is so delightfully enthusiastic about pretty much everything while Gollie provides a calming more serious element to the story. Above all these girls are friends. I think that is ultimately what these stories are about: friendship. In the first story, Bink attempts to win a carnival game (challenging to say the least). Unfortunately, her attempts aren't exactly successful (but painfully hilarious) but Gollie proves herself a true friend. Bink returns the favor when Gollie enters the talent show. And the visit to the fortune teller? Well, I'll leave that for you to discover.
Just know that if you are looking for sweet stories to share and enjoy that have great themes and characters, look no further than this series.
The first story of the collection, "Whack a Duck," is prefaced with the roller-skating girls gazing at signs advertising the state fair. Bink asks Gollie if she thinks they should go. Inside the fair, Bink decides she simply must play the Whack a Duck game in order to win the prize --- the world's largest donut. Bink is all electrical energy and can hurtle the ball; unfortunately (especially for the poor carnival game worker), she is woefully short on aim. She tries and tries, but the duck man is the "whackee" whose glasses, nose and arm suffer the consequences of her persistence. Luckily, Bink knows just the antidote for the hapless carnie, and in the final scene the three share company and a plethora of donuts.
The second story, "You're Special, Aren't You?" finds the friends gazing up at the sign for an amateur talent show. Gollie is particularly enraptured, confiding that she would love to be in a talent show. She steadfastly affirms her yearnings, even when Bink reminds her that she will have to stand up on a stage in front of a crowd.Read more ›
DiCamillo style, charming and poetic, almost rhythmic dialogue isn't here. Wow.
My daughter already loved the characters and liked it. Age 5. Thus the 3 is generous.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love these characters! A fun series for 2nd - 4th graders. My 4th grade students love the quick read and the silly adventures. Loving characters who have great fun together.Published 2 months ago by Elin Goodwin
Bink and Gollie are my daughters favorite characters at this time. I love reading these to her, The vocabulary is so adult, I feel like she is expending hers.Published 20 months ago by kemyd
My six, now seven year old daughter loves these books!Published 21 months ago by Mrs. Jenifer Morris
The rage for second grade girls - these are smart, funny and have great illustrations. More of a book for girls, but most kids 5-9 would enjoy these =)Published on May 3, 2014 by L. J. Hall
Great! I ordered the book along with the DVD. They both arrived on time for my Daughter's Birthday. She loves it and enjoys reading along with the DVD.Published on March 14, 2014 by kate Featherstone
Sort of a self-confidence builder for kids. Cute illustrations and written well. Seems like it would be a good book for new readers - a bit challenging maybe, but that's a good... Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by DBG
Whatever possessed DiCamillo to put her name on this pointless, pathetic follow-up book? She's a great author but this one doesn't begin to make sense. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Emily Dickinson