- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Format: Hardback | 81 pages
- Dimensions: 165mm x 244mm x 18mm | 431g
- Publication date: 14 September 2010
- ISBN 10: 076363266X
- ISBN 13: 9780763632663
- Illustrations note: colour illustrations, maps
- Sales rank: 420,800
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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Kate DiCamillo is the author of "The Magician's Elephant," a New York Times bestseller; "The Tale of Despereaux," 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.
By Nicola Mansfield 30 Sep 2010
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.