Bink and Gollie
- Author: Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
- Reading level: Ages 4-8
- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (September 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076363266X
- ISBN-13: 978-0763632663
I just finished reading Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. I wish they had books like this instead of my pre-primers and primers back in first grade. Youngsters six to eight will love having this book read to them then getting to read it themselves. Tony Fucile, former Disney and Pixar animator, did a great job illustrating this hardcover books 96 pages. Just enough color added to black and white sketches pretty much describes his child-friendly artwork. I guarantee that every girl will want the Bink and Gollie limited-edition watch that I was lucky enough to receive. It’s age appropriate, bright, and analog–great for teaching time, something not in every curriculum.
Bink and Gollie is about two precocious girls, best friends with differences, and how they negotiate life and skate through adventures. Some scattered collossal words add to the fun and enjoyment of reading. What normal young kid won’t enjoy tales of Peanut butter and pancakes, bright socks, an imaginary journey to the Andes, and a goldfish?
In “Don’t You Need a New Pair of Socks?” the girls discovery of a bonanza at Eccles’ Empire of Enchantment becomes a lesson in compromise.
In “P.S. I’ll Be Back Soon,” Gollie’s search for a bigger world is rewarded when she shares her vista of the sun.
In “Give a Fish a Home,” Bink’s marvelous companion Fred causes some bad moments and some jealousy between the friends.
Bink & Gollie retails at $15.99 and can be purchased at local bookstores including Barnes and Noble as well as on line at amazon.com.