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Bink & Gollie (edition 2010)

by Alison McGhee Kate DiCamillo

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Title:Bink & Gollie
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Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo

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Bink and Gollie look very different and think differently, too, but they are the best of friends. In this book, they rollerskate into a colorful sock adventure, set off on an expedition, and find a home for an aquatic friend. ( )
  jmillerlits | Jul 9, 2016 |
Three stories of two friends, Bink and Gollie, who have distinct personalities and preferences. This early reader introduces some sophisticated, but decodable vocabulary through these stories of friendship. The girls learn that it is sometimes necessary to compromise in order to enjoy time together. Great illustrations that are mostly black and white, using color to highlight the characters and focal points, such as Bink's colorful socks. ( )
  tina_w | Jul 7, 2016 |
Two friends with very different personalities must reach an accommodation with one another in the three stories found in this entertaining beginning chapter-book from co-authors Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. Extroverted Bink goes right for the colorful socks in the first selection, while more reserved Gollie is horrified by her choice. Both must learn to compromise, after Gollie attempts to use their pancake breakfast as a means of separating Bink from her new footwear. In the second selection, Gollie embarks on a voyage of the imagination, exploring the Andes Mountains (all whilst in her own home), while an impatient Bink can't quite grasp that her friend doesn't wish to be interrupted. In the third and final story, Bink's new goldfish leads to tension, until she (Bink) realizes what is causing Gollie's resentment...

I greatly enjoyed Bink and Gollie, which, with its gentle tales of two friends who, despite their differences, are loving companions to one another, reminded me of Arnold Lobel's classic Frog and Toad books. That is high praise! I appreciated the way in which the two of them negotiate their differences, and eventually reach a compromise, as it is clear that there is true affection behind their disagreements. The conclusion of the book, in which Bink assures Gollie that she (and not the goldfish) is the 'most marvelous companion of all,' provided a satisfactorily heartwarming end. The artwork, created digitally by Tony Fucile, adds to the fun, perfectly capturing the differing personalities of the two friends, and the drama of their various confrontations. Recommended to anyone looking for simple chapter-books featuring engaging characters. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 6, 2016 |
This reminded me of nothing so much as [b:The Frog and Toad Treasury: Frog and Toad are friends / Frog and Toad together / Frog and Toad all year.|94807|The Frog and Toad Treasury Frog and Toad are friends / Frog and Toad together / Frog and Toad all year.|Arnold Lobel|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1171294224s/94807.jpg|91397]. I'm glad a new generation has their own simple but rich friendship story. In my library it was displayed with children's chapter books. I hope to see more of these girls' adventures. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
I absolutely loved Bink and Gollie. The author used dialogue to show the quircky personalities of the characters. For example, in the beginning of the book, Bink says, "Greetings Gollie!" Her blunt and over-dramatic manner of speaking help the reader get a better sense of her personality. I loved how the author juxtaposed Bink's little sister personality (always asking questions) with Gollie's big sister personality (imaginative, assertive, yet extremely sensitive). By the end of the book, I felt like I knew Bink and Gollie personally. They really leap off the page.

I also liked the structure of the book. Although the book was divided into chapters, the author chose to tell three semi-related short stories. The book was tied together through the recurring theme of the bonds of sisterhood and friendship. ( )
  ElanaRubinstein | Apr 30, 2016 |
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Winner of the 2011 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award!

In a brilliant collaboration, best-selling authors Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, along with acclaimed illustrator Tony Fucile, introduce an outrageously funny pair of friends.

Meet Bink and Gollie, two precocious little girls — one tiny, one tall, and both utterly irrepressible. Setting out from their super-deluxe tree house and powered by plenty of peanut butter (for Bink) and pancakes (for Gollie), they share three comical adventures involving painfully bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion. No matter where their roller skates take them, at the end of the day they will always be the very best of friends. Full of quick-witted repartee, this brainchild of Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and award-winning author Alison McGhee is a hilarious ode to exuberance and camaraderie, imagination and adventure, brought to life through the delightfully kinetic images of Tony Fucile.
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Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.

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