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Bink and Gollie: Two for One Hardcover – June 12, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 270L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bink and Gollie
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763633615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763633615
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best friends Bink and Gollie are complete opposites in terms of appearance; they are kindred spirits, though, and readers will delight in sharing in their adventures at the state fair... Short, compact sentences make this book an ideal selection for beginning readers... Fucile employs an economical use of sketchy lines and splashes of color to capture facial expressions and emotions with spot-on accuracy. His artwork goes a long way in making this title the funny, touching book that it is. It would be no surprise if Bink and Gollie were to join the likes of Elephant and Piggie and Frog and Toad in the ranks of favorite friend duos.
—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.
—Booklist

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of The Magician's Elephant, a New York Times bestseller; The Tale of Despereaux, which was awarded the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor book; and six books starring Mercy Watson, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride. Kate DiCamillo lives in Minneapolis.

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.

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Customer Reviews

Cute illustrations and written well.
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Once again, Kate DiCamillo has come up with a great book for kids.
H. Stotts
My six, now seven year old daughter loves these books!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By In California on February 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The first Bink and Gollie book was such a loved treaure in our house that w couldn't wait for the next one. Man, were we dissappointed.

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!"?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on July 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In this superb celebration of friendship, best pals Bink and Gollie decide to sample the glories of the state fair. As we know from the delightful first book in the series, BINK AND GOLLIE, these two little girls are opposites who complement each other perfectly: Bink is a short livewire bundle of enthusiasms, while Gollie is a taller, sleek sophisticate. The bold cartoony illustrations are lavish and match the energy of the text's main characters. Each small story (three in all) is a complete tale rather than a chapter within a larger story.

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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on July 31, 2012
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I am a huge fan of Bink & Gollie. Not only are the two adorable as characters, but the stories are hilarious. I laughed my way through this book. It amazes me when an author (authors in this case) can create such fun stories using so few words. This is a great gift, one that Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee share with readers in this series.

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.
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By L. J. Hall on May 3, 2014
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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 =)
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By kate Featherstone on March 14, 2014
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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.
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By DBG on January 26, 2014
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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 thing.
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