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What You Need to Know:
• Bink & Gollie is a fabulous collaboration between two award-winning authors and a highly acclaimed illustrator.
• This is the final adventure for the Bink & Gollie trilogy.
• In the spirit of not dumbing down our speech for young children, this is a celebration of language.
• Another plus is there is a lot of character development, something unique to the Bink & Gollie stories, as you don't
   usually find that at this reading level.
• Purchase all three volumes together for a child's birthday gift, because these are stories they will enjoy for a long
   time (see below for the other two titles).
Sweet Book Summary:
Bink & Gollie are back again! These two best friends are true opposites. Di Camillo, McGhee and Fucile have really outdone themselves with these books. The conversation is utterly sparkling between the two title characters and the illustrations are priceless.

In the first story of this third volume, Gollie discovers she has royal blood and decides she is a queen and should forevermore act like one. Bink promptly brings her back down to earth, hilariously. In the second story, Bink is sick of being short so she orders the Acme Stretch-o-Matic. Now it is Gollies turn to bring Bink back down to earth, literally. In the final story, the girls decide they would like to get into the Flicker's Arcana of the the Extraordinary (a Guiness Book of World Records-type book), by breaking a record, they just don't know which record to break.

The Bink & Gollie books, with their mini-short story format are perfect for beginning readers. They can be read in any order or one at a time, leaving a younger reader many options. These stories are also a nice read-aloud for a squirmy pre-schooler. Start with one story, and as your preschooler can sit for longer periods, you can add on with another story and another.

As always, the thing I love most about the Bink & Gollie stories is the way they model a really nice and supportive friendship. Bink and Gollie are really different, they even look different, but they couldn't be better friends to each other. This model friendship, embedded in such entertaining stories, is perfect for young readers as they navigate friendships and social situations of their own. I especially appreciate the subtlety of the message. We don't have to hit our kids over the head with "lessons" every time they read, but when it happens naturally, it's just exquisite.
Author: Kate DiCamillo & Alison McGhee Illustrator: Tony Fucile Published: 2012, 96 pages
Themes: Excellent Read-Aloud, Friendship, Humor
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• Who are you most like, Bink or Gollie?
• Do you have a friend like Bink or Gollie? Explain how they are similar.
• How do you help/support your friends?
• How would you help a friend if they started acting crazy? (Like starting to believe they are royalty?)
• Do you have a physical trait that bothers you like Bink is bothered by her height? What is it and how do you feel
   better about it?
• What kind of record would you like to break? How would you go about doing it?
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Bink & Gollie, Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
Bink & Gollie, Best Friends Forever, Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Green, Keith Baker
Mr. Putter and Tabby Spill the Beans, Cynthia Rylant
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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