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Bink and Gollie (Junior Library Guild Selection (Candlewick Press)) Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I keep thinking this is a book about sisters. It would certainly be a great pick for sisters to read together! Read morePublished 23 days ago by Dione Basseri
Sweet synergy! The magic in this book came in threes: three phenomenal friends created three subtly silly chapters for three times the fun. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Anna Marras
In the first story, Bink buys some bright striped socks. She loves them, but Gollie does not. Gollie says "you remove your outrageous socks, and I will make pancakes. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Freddie B
Great children's book! Would highly recommend to anyone with adventurous or creative children (especially girls).Published 16 months ago by Susan M White
I love this new series. Very cute illustrations. Funny. Mature with child innocence at the same time.Published 17 months ago by blacksesameseed
My daughter loves these books. She's just turned seven.Published 18 months ago by Mrs. Jenifer Morris