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Bink & Gollie PDF Print E-mail

What You Need to Know:
• Bink & Gollie is a fabulous collaboration between two award-winning authors and highly acclaimed illustrator.
• In the spirit of not dumbing down our speech for young children, this is a celebration of language.
• The chapters are mini-short stories, not a continuous storyline, so you can read in any order and one at a time.
• I especially like this format, mini-short stories, as an early practice chapter book either for your new
   reader or a read-aloud for your preschooler, as they can sit longer.
Sweet Book Summary:
Bink & Gollie are true opposites and best friends. Their interactions are droll and hilarious. Bink is wide-eyed and innocent and Gollie is utter sophistication. They can always agree to go roller skating or eat pancakes, but they must find their way through a maze of compromise on all other matters; they do so quite entertainingly.

Di Camillo and McGhee have really outdone themselves here. The conversation is utterly sparkling between the two title characters and the illustrations are priceless. During the first story, Bink finds a pair of outrageously bright socks that she absolutely must have. Their interaction goes like this:

"Bink," said Gollie,"the brightness of those socks pains me. I beg you not to purchase them."
Bink replies, "I can't wait to put them on."

And the illustrations are just spot on. Tony Fucile has created an adorable Bink, who looks as though she doesn't have a care in the world and a more intense Gollie, who just exudes urbanity. Fucile has even created homes that reflect their sensibilities. Gollies pad is ultra modern and Bink's is cozy and shabby.

As I mentioned, the language is gorgeous and not your run of the mill learn to read fare. This probably isn't the book to put into a very new reader's hand, because the complex vocabulary may flummox them. Rather it's a perfect shared reading!
Author: Kate DiCamillo & Alison McGhee Illustrator: Tony Fucile Published: 2010, 96 pages
Themes: Excellent Read-Aloud, Friendship, Humor
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• What do you do when you don't agree with your friend?
• If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
• What do you do if you don't like the clothing your friend is wearing?
• What do you do if your friend is playing with someone else and you miss him/her?
• Is there a nice way to tell your friend you disagree with her, dislike her taste in a particular article of clothing?
• If you feel left out, is there a good way to tell your friend?
• Are there sometimes when you have to give your friends some space to have other friends?
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Green, Keith Baker
Mr. Putter and Tabby Spill the Beans, Cynthia Rylant
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
Support Independent Book Shops: Click Here to Buy this Book on IndieBound
bink and gollie
2 Saturday, 02 April 2011 15:12
Bink and Gollie is super funny! I love it it is a really cute book like Bink alot she is really funny my little sister and I

love it.
Bink and Gollie
1 Tuesday, 16 November 2010 22:58
This really is an adorable book! I loved this book and i am in fourth grade! The illustrations really
explain a lot of what you read. Also the little ones love it. When I am in a bad mood I pull this book out.
I do that because it makes me laugh

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