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Bink and Gollie

Review

Bink and Gollie

written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile

Bink and Gollie are two little girls with heart and attitude. They also happen to be the very best of friends. In these three utterly delightful stories, augmented with jazzy illustrations practically crackling with little girl energy and humor, we peek into their lives and tag along on their shared adventures.

The first story, "Don't You Need a New Pair of Socks?," deals with a difference of opinion over Bink's choice of new stockings. The pair are roller skating as a result of Gollie's statement "I long for speed." They happen to pass a store called Eccles' Empire of Enchantment, which is advertising extremely colorful socks. Bink cannot resist the lure of a pair of very bright stockings, even though Gollie detests them on sight. Later, Bink is hit with a hard choice when Gollie insists she must get rid of the socks. If she takes them off, Gollie will cook her up the pancakes Bink is craving.

"The problem with Gollie," said Bink, "is that it's either Gollie's way or the highway."

"My socks and I have chosen the highway."

Q: Can the girls reach a solution to their impasse?

A: You'd better believe it, and it's a doozy!

Gollie heads off for quite the adventure in "P.S. I'll Be Back Soon." After a vigorous twirl of her globe and a closed-eye finger-pointing pick, her destination is chosen: the Andes Mountains. So when Bink comes to visit, she is greeted by a closed door and a note that Gollie is off on a journey. Bink knocks anyway, and Gollie calls back (from her snowy mountain perch) that she can't talk since she's high in the Andes. Bink keeps trying, and Gollie keeps telling her how unavailable she is…until Bink brings refreshments, whereupon Gollie decides to share her stunning mountain-climbing accomplishment.

The last story is titled "Give a Fish a Home." Gollie can't believe it when Bink picks out what she flatly describes as "a truly unremarkable" goldfish at the pet store. However, Bink adores her new finny friend, now named Fred. According to Gollie, Bink loves Fred just a wee bit too much, bringing him along even when Gollie has only made enough pancakes for the two of them. Fred, Bink informs her friend, shares with Gollie the longing for speed. But when the fish joins Bink and Gollie on a roller-skating expedition, trouble ensues. Happily, the resolution is a happy one, reinforcing the pleasure Gollie and Bink share in their friendship.

Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee’s charming stories will appeal to anyone who has ever enjoyed the pleasure and comfort of a best friendship…or to someone who just wants to vicariously experience a particularly sassy one. The tales are sure to be eagerly received by young readers and story listeners, as well as adult storytime readers --- all of whom are likely to long for sequels just as fervently as Gollie longs for speed. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on September 14, 2010

Bink and Gollie
(Bink and Gollie #1)
written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile

  • Publication Date: September 14, 2010
  • Genres: Children's, Fiction, Friendship
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • ISBN-10: 076363266X
  • ISBN-13: 9780763632663