Bink and Gollie

Bink and Gollie


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“If James Marshall's George and Martha were not hippos and were both girls, they would be much like best friends Bink and Gollie. . . . More, please!” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763659547
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Series: Bink and Gollie Series
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 83,514
Product dimensions: 9.04(w) x 5.92(h) x 0.22(d)
Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

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.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

March 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

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Bink and Gollie 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
kleej More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent new book by Kate DiCamillo A completely new book with new characters. I love the stories and the very smart writing! It is a great story of two very different girls who are friends that are very different personalities and get along very well. Use of great words. If you are looking for something different look at this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always been a fan of Kate DiCamillo's work, and I was not disappointed by this new book with Alison McGhee. The two main charachters -- Bink & Gollie -- are funny and entertaining. My boys laughed at several of the situations depicted and absolutely loved the fish! I highly recommend this book as it's fun to read to kids, as well as for kids to read on their own.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Fish know nothing of longing."This was absolutely delightful - Bink and Gollie are very different best friends who manage to love each other despite their very different approaches. This reminded me of the wit of Eloise, the parentless possibility of Pippi Longstocking, and the confident intelligence of The Exiles. The text and pictures are equally stunning - I could see this as a lap book, or for confident early readers.
alphaselene on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4Q, 4P: Funny and tender story of two friends and the humorous exploration of their connection despite their differences.
lcherylc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bink and Gollie are two best friends who have funny adventures as they deal with socks, goldfish, and trips to the Andes Mountains.This book not quite a graphic novel but is very similar with pictures and captions. It is great for reluctant readers who rely on pictures to comprehend the story. The book is ideal for grades 2-3.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: I'm a fan of Kate DiCamillo.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.
asomers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very cute story. The pictures and content would leave you to believe that this was for younger readers, but the vocabulary was definitely for a much older reader. I'm not sure our beginner readers would understand some of the words or the more complex sentence structure. I loved the stories, but I'd find it hard to recommend to my students for independent reading. This is a story that requires guided reading.
RoseMarion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very short, but cute and easy chapter book. There is not much text on each page, and the real stars of the book are often the illustrations and humorous plots. Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee stars Bink (the short blonde girl) and Gollie (the taller brunette) as they share their daily adventures together. They are incredibly different best friends. Bink is more a dreamer, and Gollie is more of a realist. However, they always seem to bond over pancakes and roller skates.I expect there to be more books about Bink and Gollie in the future. They seem to be good choices for children who are just learning to let go of heavily illustrated books. Since some of the humor and words are sophisticated, I would recommend this to a child who is young, but is more mature. Still even those who don't grasp all the humor or words will probably really enjoy reading about two unique best friends in a beautifully illustrated book.
richiespicks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Richie's Picks: BINK & GOLLIE by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, and Tony Fucile, ill. Candlewick, August 2010, 92p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-3266-3 "'Bink,' said Gollie, 'The brightness of those socks pains me. I beg you not to purchase them.'"'I can't wait to put them on,' said Bink." "'I love socks,' said Bink."'Some socks are more lovable than others,' said Gollie." I am seriously not a television person, but I am always hearing friends talking about this TV series or that one, and how they are waiting for the new season to arrive. And now I know what they are talking about. I was quite disappointed when I reached the end of the first book in the upcoming new series that is being written for early readers by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. BINK & GOLLIE features two girl friends, one small (Bink) and the other one tall (Gollie) . I'd had a great old time sitting in the Candlewick booth at ALA, reading the first episode in the BINK & GOLLIE series. In writing for emerging readers, the authors succeed in creating stories that are fresh and snarky, subversive and sophisticated. But now I have to wait a whole year to see the next episode! That's terrible, because I could merrily devour episodes of Bink and Gollie one after another all day long -- they are that much fun. "'Hello, Gollie,' said Bink. 'Do I smell pancakes'"'You do not,' said Gollie."'Will I smell pancakes?' said Bink." I like many things about what this talented trio is creating here. Without the imposing visual borders of a graphic novel, they are, nevertheless, often fitting more than one scene on a page, providing a lot of action and story in 92 pages. The two friends are -- at least in this first book -- pretty much in a world unto themselves. The authors are also quite innovative -- given this format and audience -- in their adoption from reality shows of the use of asides, where -- in a break in the action -- each of the girls will talk to themselves and to the audience about their reaction to the behavior of the other: "'The problem with Gollie,' said Bink, 'is that it's either Gollie's way, or the highway.'" "'The problem with Bink,' said Gollie,' is her unwillingness to compromise.'" Despite the issues that arise between the two girls, you can, in the end, really feel the bond that exists between the pair. Illustrator Tony Fucile may be a relatively newbie when it comes to children's book illustrating, but he's got a mega-impressive background, having designed and animated characters in the films The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. Right off the bat, he does a great job of creating the pair of personas and bringing the two friends' attitudes to life. And I absolutely love how those socks Really Stand Out on the page so that you can so easily understand Gollie's ongoing issue with them. This first episode won't be available until the fall, but it, too, is a Real Stand Out and well worth watching for. Richie Partington, MLISInstructor, San Jose State UniversitySchool of Library and Information ScienceFTC NOTICE: Richie receives free books from lots of publishers who hope he will Pick their books. You can figure that any review was written after reading and dog-earring a free copy received. Richie retains these review copies for his rereading pleasure and for use in his booktalks at schools and libraries.
pjw1173 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a charming book that reminded me a lot of the Frog and Toad series. Like Frog and Toad, the book is made up of 'chapters' that are short stories. The two main characters are young girls who live very different lives. One is a free spirit and the other is more of an introvert. I have this book in my classroom library.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Utterly charming, this collection of stories about a best friends is funny and sweet. Great illustrations add to the girls' charm. A great read for 1st-2nd graders.Highly Recommended!
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of two friends, Bink and Gollie. Each of them are quite individual, and they don't always agree, but in the end what matters most is their friendship and what they have in common.Rather unusually for me, I've been sitting on this one for a week, unsure of how to review it. I've always liked-but-not-loved Kate DiCamillo's books, and as I'm not entirely sure why there's just a smidgen of a miss, I was afraid I wouldn't quite be able to convey why this isn't a 4.5 - 5 star read for me. Then there's the fact that there are very few words. Though not a picture book, the story is told as much through illustrations as the wordsm which are primarily used to convey the characters' speech. I like how individual Bink and Gollie are in both looks and temperament, and I like the way the sort of disagreements that friends have is conveyed in a realistic way without coming across as patronizing to the children for whom these spats are very real and very important.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my 3 year old's favorite books. Told in short "chapters", this book is longer than most young children's books (recommended age is 6-8), but endearing enough to keep my little girl's attention throughout. And then she asks for more.
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kidswholovetoread More than 1 year ago
My daughter found BiNK & gollie books at her school library and loved the humor and the illustrations, as well as the fact that the reading level was just right for her! She's a first grader and enjoys reading, especially funny books. Loved it.
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DahlsDoll More than 1 year ago
This story, written like three smaller stories, is about two friends whose imagination allows them to enjoy their friendship and go on mini adventures together. The two are quite hilarious and caring at the same time. Bink, the younger of the two friends is full of wild notions and demands Gollie’s attention. Her energy is contagious throughout the pages. Even her appearance was energizing. Her hair stands in every direction and her mismatched clothes and socks set her as the comical character. Bink is the initiator, she always devising new plans and creates excitement in the most mundane occurrences such as buying a pair of socks. Gollie, on the other hand, is much more reserved. She is the mature one of the pair and appears more stable than Bink; She even looks after Bink in an older-sister sort of way. They make a great pair. Gollie is taller than Bink, has straight brown hair that is topped off cleanly with a bow. Her appearance, like Bink, suggests the type of character she is. Each girl has a real character flaw; Gollie is a tad controlling while Bink is stubborn. I was glad to see these characters in a children’s story because they were people I already knew and I’m sure children could relate to these qualities. I’ve worked in daycare, and I know children do NOT always get along. As for the plot, it was a laugh fest. From buying outrageous socks, climbing the Andes Mountains, and ice-skating with a goldfish, the two friends are impossibly hilarious. What I love about this story is that Bink and Gollie’s friendship isn’t just a wacky adventure all the time. They have their disagreements and real struggles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never write reviews, but this was such a hit that I felt compelled. I bought this for my 2.5 year old daughter, and she loved the stories. She could really get into the differences between the two characters, and she loved learning new words, like BONANZA! These are as much fun for me to read as for her to hear. I want more installments, please!!!
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