I don't quite know how I feel about these. Two books into a long series, maybe I shouldn't pass much judgement, though.
It's one of those things that I...moreI don't quite know how I feel about these. Two books into a long series, maybe I shouldn't pass much judgement, though.
It's one of those things that I appreciate but that isn't quite for me. It isn't my style, I find it, especially the inking, garish, but everything flows, there's a ton of detail, and it works for the story. And that's no minor thing. And the storyline itself, while a bit confusing in its grandness (I need a Sandman Wiki to remember who everyone is), it's interesting and strange and complicated, albeit heavy on the disturbing factor. Especially the convention of serial killers. Oof. Even knowing that Dream is just, there have been parts I've really had to grin and bare my way through in both books one and two... the American Horror Story of comics, maybe?
Anyway, a strong book in nearly all respects if not my favorite.(less)
Loved reading it so much, I downloaded the audiobook too. Kathleen Wilhoite's narration is great, especially when she reads Bee. She adds so much yout...moreLoved reading it so much, I downloaded the audiobook too. Kathleen Wilhoite's narration is great, especially when she reads Bee. She adds so much youthfulness, I feel like I know Bee better through her than when I read the book in hardcover.(less)
For a book of few words, Bink & Gollie inspired a lofty wordcount from me. Read my review of Book 1 by clicking here; it sums up much of how I fe...moreFor a book of few words, Bink & Gollie inspired a lofty wordcount from me. Read my review of Book 1 by clicking here; it sums up much of how I feel about the characters, art, and plots of the series as a whole.
Particular to the stories contained in Two for One though...
WHACK A DUCK is slapstick fun. Bink tries her luck at a carnival game, hurling baseballs at rows of rubber duckies in hopes of winning a giant doughnut. While there’s a lot of force behind Bink’s throw (I love the wordless two-page spread of her winding up), her aim need works, and she repeatedly beans an increasingly battered carnie right in the nose until, by the end, he’s bruised and bandaged, calling out “duck a whack, step right up”. Before anybody gets a twist in their Mom jeans though, there’s a sweet (literally, doughnuts are involved) ending.
Tony Fucile really shines here. The fair ground, with all of its tents, signs, and crowds is full of wonderful details to pour over, and DiCamillo/McGhee make Gollie a straight but humorous voice of reason (“I fear this can only end in tragedy,” said Gollie). I especially love Page 1 (always a good sign): A looming sign featuring an enormous duck and an equally large doughnut reads “WHACK A DUCK! Win the world’s largest donut!” while Bink and Gollie look on. I’m going to whack a duck,” said Bink.
It’s so simple and straightforward, it just makes me laugh. (Pst: see what I mean by previewing this story using Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature here)
YOU’RE SPECIAL AREN’T YOU finds Gollie excited yet unprepared to enter the fair’s talent show (and Bink wearing a large pink “I LOST AT WHACK A DUCK” button, lol). What follows is a pretty straightforward tale of stage fright, but the pages that illustrate the uncomfortable moment are excellent, including two full pages of Bink awkwardly standing on stage, arms glued to her sides sides, looking so tiny on that big stage in front of that large crowd. You can almost hear the crickets as Fucile “pans out” to show even more of the audience, Gollie still statue still and silent. In six panels, we watch Gollie do little more than turn a shade of read before swiftly exiting the stage. In the end though, she’s finds a rapt audience (and regains her confidence) in front of her ol’ pal Bink. Aww.
WITHOUT QUESTION features a mesmerizing bouquet of chipmunk balloons, which should, I think, be enough. For those who want more though, the girls visit wrinkly and wise fortune teller Madame Prunely who summarizes the day’s failings, but predicts a future full of friendship. Again: aww!
Another fantastic collection of stories for fans of Frog & Toad, George & Martha, Winnie the Pooh, Ivy & Bean, and every other wonderful collection of illustrated friendship tales that deserves a permanent spot on your bookshelf. Is it a picture book, early reader, or graphic novel? I have no idea. It’s just good.