- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (Sept. 14 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076363266X
- ISBN-13: 978-0763632663
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.4 x 24.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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Bink and Gollie Hardcover – Sep 14 2010
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Oh, happiness! Move over Pippi Longstocking!...Bink and Gollie...join the ranks of George and Martha, Frog and Toad, Zelda and Ivy, and all the other resilient pairs that celebrate the challenges and strengths of a great friendship
—The New York Times Book Review
Gollie is reed thin, geeky, and archly judgmental; Bink is petite and down to earth...The plots serve mostly as a framework for DiCamillo and McGhee's sharp, distinctly, distinctly ungirly dialogue that makes every page feel like a breath of fresh air. And true to his background as an animator for Pixar and Disney, Fucile makes his inklike digital illustrations crackle with energy and sly humor.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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.
—School Library Journal
Reality is gleefully suspended here...appealingly oddball elements (roller skates, pancakes, rainbow socks)...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.
Entirely successful in portraying the bumps in the road and bruised feelings that can come with friendship. The rewards, though, are also apparent...Fucile’s unfussy digital illustrations with lots of white space perfectly highlight this odd couple’s particularities.
The authors demonstrate a pleasing ear for rhythm in just about everybody’s dialogue. Fucile’s illustrations give the girls their real presence: bouncing, soaring lines have a tousled cartoonish vigor that dominates every spread...With appeal both for reading aloud and alone, this might make an entertaining title for sophomore readers to share with younger kids, and they’ll relish teasing their tongues with Gollie’s vocabulary.
—Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books
An especially overt love letter to friendship...One of those books that doesn’t fit neatly into any category....But wouldn’t you be proud if you spied your 6-year-old daughter rehearsing such lines as ‘Bink: I implore you, do not knock.’ Indeed you would....Who says simple words must come first to readers?....Love of language is one of the tried-and-true ways into the reading life.
—Los Angeles Times
An effervescent and endearingly quirky chapter book by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee....Both writers are known for their amusing and sometimes arch narrative style, and here, in three short chapter-stories, they give us two girls who delight and vex each other in equal parts....Tony Fucile's illustrations of the girls are comic and full of zip.
—Wall Street Journal
It really is the best thing ever. And what’s more, it’s a book like nothing else you’ve ever seen. Nothing. Ever. Seen. Trust me on this one. I see a lot of books.
—Fuse #8 Production (SLJ blog)
We had to put the book down and just laugh uncontrollably on more than one occasion. I think it's safe to say we were giving each other looks that said: Could this perfect little creation be FOR REAL? Could it be any funnier?
—Seven Impossible Things blog
An odd couple for the 21st century, Bink and Gollie will circulate like mad, winning new fans at every stop.
—100 Scope Notes
Three zippy chapters, they learn about compromise, individual quest and shared experience, and jealousy. Splashy drawings, mostly in black and white, further infuse energy, humor and honest feeling.
—San Francisco Chronicle
Plots serve mostly as a framework for DiCamillo and McGhee's sharp, distinctly ungirly dialogue that makes every page feel like a breath of fresh air. And true to his background as an animator for Pixar and Disney, Fucile makes his inklike digital illustrations crackle with energy and sly humor.
Excellent writing, good storytelling and top-notch digital art introduce two girls who bring Ramona and Pippi to mind. Headstrong but lovable Bink and opinionated but loyal Gollie are best friends — most of the time anyway — who enjoy each other and understand the importance of friendship.
Hilarious and peculiar friends...delightful characters.
—UrbanBaby Daily Picks
Charming...Amply illustrated with Tony Fucile’ exuberant cartoons.
Expressive illustrations by Tony Fucile provide lots of comic relief as the two friends grapple with issues like compromise and the need for personal space.
—Scripps-Howard (syndicated column)
Featured/recommended on Oprah's 2012 Kids Reading List
About the Author
Kate DiCamillo is the author of THE MAGICIAN's ELEPHANT, a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller; THE TALE OF DESPERAUX, 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. She 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. She lives in Minnesota.
Tony Fucile is the author-illustrator of LET'S DO NOTHING! chosen as a Best Book of the Year by SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL. He has spent more than twenty years designing and animating characters for numerous feature films, including THE LION KING, FINDING NEMO, and THE INCREDIBLES. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
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An adorable book suitable for children who are reading on their own but still want pictures and may find a page full of text daunting. While not to be confused as an easy reader (for ex. "Perhaps a compromise is in order. "), this beginning 3 chapters book could easily be called a picture book as well. Each page is fabulously illustrated and contains small blocks of text which will appeal to children of a wide age range.
This book contains three episodes in the life of Bink & Gollie, roller skating "marvelous companions" who live in separate tree houses of the same tree. Bink & Gollie each have their own distinct, unique personality and that is what makes this book so much fun. The dynamics between the two, the repartee, the differences in personality and the obvious closeness as friends make these girls two very special characters in the literary world. Mr. Fucile's illustrations capture the essence of Bink & Gollie and it is the combination of writing and illustrating that makes this duo so captivating. I was taken with them right away.
The first story introduces a pair of "outrageous" socks, the second an expedition to the Andes mountains and the third the purchase of a goldfish. While each is an individual story, the theme (and importance) of the socks is carried through the book unobtrusively in the illustrations. Now that the Mercy Watson series is finished I think that fans will be very happy to turn their attentions to Bink & Gollie, the first in what I've heard (no evidence yet) will prove to be a series.
This is a lovely Christmas picture book that, aside from a religious aspect, captures the true essence of Christmas. First of all, the illustrations are absolutely breathtaking paintings done in acrylic gouache. They place the story in the past sometime, but it is not until we see the photograph of the man in uniform do we place the story as being during, World War II. This book is worthy for its pictures alone. Yet, it has a text equally breathtaking to match. The story of a little girl who has compassion for the organ grinder she sees across the street each day, wondering where they go at night. The mother has no time for the girl's interest in the man, understandably so, under her circumstances. But when the girl stays up late one night and finds out that they live on the street, she sees the sadness in the man's eyes and invites him to church to watch her Christmas Pageant. At first it does not look as if the man will show up and the girl, playing an angel cannot get her lines out. But when she sees him enter the church she boldly cries "I bring you tidings of Great Joy!" Later, we see the organ grinder happily talking to the mother at a reception in the church hall. A heartwarming, touching story for the Christmas season which I think shows a great response to Christ's words "whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matt 25:40
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