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Bink and Gollie: Two for One Hardcover – June 12, 2012
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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.
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.
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!"? It's OK-- Like this book (minus the poor choice of story) If you like "Let's Do Nothing!" this one will probably be good for you too. Same illustrator.
Please notice that the "starred review" from School Library Journal doesn't mention any of the stories, just what great friends B&G are. They are great friends; and I hope the many authors of this series get it together, go back to the drawing board and come out with a more impressive third effort.
If you have no Bink and Gollie books and are trying to decide which to get, there is no decision: Get the first book.
If you have the first book and are trying to decide whether or not to get this one, again a very easy decision: skip it. You're not missing anything.
If you've bought the first book, then bought the second and now must try to decide whether or not to stick with the series or move on to something else your choice is much harder. For our family, the first book was so good, we'll stick around for the third. Just wish we hadn't bought this one.
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.