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Bink and Gollie: Best Friends Forever (Bink & Gollie #3)

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All righty, then! Celebrate the tall and short of a marvelous friendship with a new Bink and Gollie adventure.

Gollie is quite sure she has royal blood in her veins, but can Bink survive her friend’s queenly airs — especially if pancakes are not part of the deal? Bink wonders what it would be like to be as tall as her friend, but how far will she stretch her luck to find ou
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Candlewick Press
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This finishes the series. I'm sad about that as I loved the bright shining story of Bink and Gollie. I don't think it was the strongest finish ever and I still enjoyed it. Bink has the best reactions to Gollie sometimes. Bink is tired of being so short and wow, does she ever love pancakes.

They are a great set of friends and this is great reading for that beginning reader stage. It's great story telling. It's fun and exciting and you feel like you know the characters. I will miss Bink & Golli
"Good news, Bink," said Gollie. "I have made an extraordinary discovery."
"I'll be right over," said Bink.
"Good news almost always means pancakes," said Bink.

Seriously. Do y'all understand how much I love Bink and Gollie?
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Before you open this book you must find someone to read it aloud to, or find a young reader to read it to you. Why? As Bink & Gollie know, laughter is better with a friend. Bink and Gollie are back in their third book. Though they may not always see things eye to eye (I mean, Bink is a great deal shorter than Gollie) they always realize being friends is the most important thing in the world-- even more important than pancakes or princesses. Tony Fucile's lively illustrations expand upon the ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Received a copy from NetGalley.

The hilarious duo are back in their latest adventure Best Frriends Forever. Vivid and lively colored illustrations throughout the book capture the antics of young girls who are best friends. The storyline is well written and Kate DiCamillo does not disappoint. Young girls will be able to relate to Bink and Gollie as they have either done some of these things or will be inspired. Older children and adults will reflect on what they have done.

A great read!
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure anything will ever top "I Lost at Whack-a-Duck", but I remain forever and always a Bink & Gollie devotee. No duo can top their true devotion, hilarious use of language, and Bink's enthusiasm for peanut butter, crazy socks, and life in general.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
In between the shenanigans of searching for Gollie's Empire of Enchantment, or Bink using the Stretch-O-Matic to grow taller, and the two of them trying to amass a collection of something to become world record holders, and get their picture in Flicker's Arcana of The Extraordinary, Bink and Gollie remain the best of friends, and marvelous companions.
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I wrote this about the first book Bink & Gollie on Goodreads in 2010: "great words, fantastic illustrations, and a sweet friendship. and the daughter absolutely loved it (even at age 10)." The series is proving consistent, though I haven't asked N what she's thought of them of late. Best Friends Forever is the third collection of stories.

In “Empire of Enchantment,” the prospect of being royal goes to Gollie’s head and threatens the sort of give & take she and Bink have established. Golli
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Bink and Gollie return in their third book of escapades as best friends. The first of the three stories in this book has Gollie wondering if she might have royal blood while Bink is much more interested in pancakes. The second has Bink worrying about being short and buying the incredibly complex Stretch-o-matic that requires “excessive assembly.” The third story has the girls wondering what collection they should start to get a record in Flicker’s Arcana of the Extraordinary.

In all of these sto
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! Seriously, completely, infatuated. Not only are the characters delightful, but they are genuine and not afraid to be themselves. The plots in these short stories are simple and yet profound. I'm always amazed when authors can tell stories of depth in so few words and in this case, mostly through text. In this, the third book in the series, Gollie and Bink face some interesting dilemmas. First, Gollie discovers she is royalty and decides not to fix pancakes any more which shoc ...more
Courtney Umlauf
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Step aside...I'm using my gray matter.

So far, DiCamillo is the only author I've found who writes this type of book for kids. Books with witty, intelligent characters who use equally intelligent language. With phrases like "well-nigh impossible" in use, how can I not love this? It's the 3rd in the Bink and Gollie series, and consists of three short stories:

* Empire of Enchantment * Gollie decides, based on her family history, that she is royalty. She goes on progress throughout her kingdom, but
Nothing can separate best friends Bink and Gollie, but when Gollie thinks she might have royal blood in "Empire of Enchantment," one of three stories in the book, Bink finds her exceedingly annoying. But ruling a kingdom can be exhausting and lonely as Gollie discovers. The second story, "Why Should You Be Shorter than Your Friends" focuses on Bink's desire to grow taller, a desire that prompts her to purchase a Stetch-o-Matic. The third story, "Kudos, Bink & Gollie" follows the two friends ...more
Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
We really enjoyed this one. Great detailed imaginative pictures, it captivated my 5 yr old as well as my 3 yr old twins. Took us a bit to figure out they both were girls but in the end it was obvious. All three of my boys enjoyed this book even though its main characters were girls. The stories were something they each could relate to and yet not easy to guess the ending, which made it more fun. Although it was a chapter book, there weren't really enough words to make it a stand alone reader, ma ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mg, 2014
These books are very cute (both the writing and the illustrations), but if you think about them even a little, they're strange. They take place in a world without parents, where kids have their own houses, always have spending money, cook for themselves, light candles, whatevs.

(Also, in this alternate universe, the inventor of peanut butter is not George Washington Carver, for some insane reason. The character who loves peanut butter has a portrait over her mantle labeled "the inventor of peanu
Kelley Mitchell
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this sweet, short little book. The LC catalogued it as fiction and I am leaving it there for now, but the structure reminded me soooo much of Frog and Toad, as did the gentle humor of the stories. It really felt like a modern, human version of those characters. LOVE <3!
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
While my favorite Bink and Gollie adventure will always be the carnival, I know that children will enjoy revisiting the two best friends in their latest book.
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: bedtime-stories
This is our first Bink and Gollie book. It were some funny parts my daughter liked.
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Catey Steele
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bink and Gollie: Best Friends Forever by Kate DiCamillo and Alison Mcghee is a book with three smaller stories, or episodes, within. This book is part of the Bink & Gollie series. The first episode of the book is called, "Empire of Enchantment." "Empire of Enchantment," begins when Gollie figures out some exciting news about one of her ancestors. She takes this news to heart, and begins to walk around and act like a queen. Bink,does not appreciate the way that Gollie acts while pretending to ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
Bink and Gollie are back, with three new stories celebrating best friendship. In "Empire of Enchantment" Gollie begins acting like royalty when she sees a picture of a queenly relative in an old photo album, but Bink refuses to acknowledge her until she comes to her senses. In "Why Should You Be Shorter Than Your Friends? " Bink laments being so much shorter than Gollie, and she orders herself a contraption that will supposedly help her to grow, despite Gollie's practical knowledge that this is ...more
Jul 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Like the other books of this series, Tony Fucile's illustrations in Bink & Gollie: Best Friends Forever play as important a part in the telling of the story as the writing contributions of Alison McGhee and two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo. Facial expressions and reactions weigh heavily in understanding the narrative's meaning, and the authors do a good job of writing it so that is the case.

Whether it's Gollie becoming convinced she's a legitimate heir to royalty, and thus should b
Catherine Nichols
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-reader
In their third outing, Bink and Gollie are again true to form. Gollie is superior as ever and Bink as stubborn. Luckily these character traits make for some great stories. In the first of the three tales that make up this beginning reader, Gollie sees a photo of her great aunt wearing a crown. Always suspecting she came from royal blood, Gollie now has all the proof she needs. (I confess I have a slight preference for Gollie. Perhaps it has something to do with the nickname my family bestowed on ...more
Alright so finished this cute little book because I thought it was the award-winning first book in the series but it turns out our library has the third copy only and so I read it in about fifteen minutes and am only recording it in the middle of reading and writing because I like records of my books to cut down on rereads and help with recommendations LOL..Okay so this little cute "chapter" book follows two adorable friends who apparently live alone and do their own thing but Gollie is ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
See my full review here:

In this set of three short adventures, Gollie discovers she is related to royalty and goes out to see her kingdom, but learns that even queens need a friend. Then, Bink tries to become taller with a crazy looking contraption that ends up adorning the ceiling of her home. And finally, the girls want to start a record breaking collection, but they end up realizing that they are already winners.

Bink and Gollie work well together since
Kaytlyn Witcher
Bink and Gollie: Best Friends Forever is about a marvelous friendship. This book is a new Bink and Gollie adventure. Their very first adventure starts with, Gollie is thinks she has royal blood in her veins. But Bink doesn't know if she can put up with her acting like a queen and ordering him around, especially if pancakes are not part of the deal.Then, Bink wishes she could be as tall as Gollie so she stretches out as far as she can.Finally, when Bink and Gollie wish that they can get their pic ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed discovering Bink and Gollie and also reading an illustrated book about friendship between two kids. This is the third book in the series and consists of three stories, all of them hilarious and quite well written.

Bink and Gollie are the best friends in the world but things seem to change when Gollie suspects she has royal blood flowing in her veins. She changes her attitude and begins to act like a queen. Bink totally disagrees with the new behavior and avoids meeting Gollie who finall
Becky B
Bink and Gollie have three adventures in this book. In the first story, Gollie decides she is descended from royalty and must act the part, distancing herself from Bink. But that doesn't last too long before they fix things. In the second story, Bink decides she is too short and takes drastic measures to try and get taller. But eventually she figures out she is ok the way she is. In the third story, the two friends want to get their picture into a book of records so they try to find something to ...more
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bink and Gollie are the modern day George and Martha. Their friendship is one of a kind and their unique personalities generate a lot of humorous episodes. In this volume there are 3 stories that play out like this:

Empire of Enchantment- Gollie digs into her family history and finds that she has royal ancestors. Overjoyed at this discovery she begins acting like a queen, but is lonely when Bink doesn't like her rpyal attitude.

Why Should You Be Shorter Than Your Friends?- Bink invests in a zany d
I adore this series, perfect for the precocious beginning chapter book reader since the language and humor can be a bit advanced, even if there are only a few sentences on each page. Tony Fucile's artwork is some of the best out there (he works for Disney/Pixar so it is not really a surprise).

In this book Gollie discovers her great-great-[...]aunt was royalty and decides she will be queen for awhile (Bink is not amused), Bink decides she should be tall and places and order with Acme, and then B
As a short member of my family, I empathized with Bink particularly. I loved the machine, and how poorly she put it together. And also, pancakes! The quality of the text, though simple, is quite high. The illustrations are clever enough to appeal to much older children than early readers usually attract. We all of us love Bink & Gollie.


I re-read it because I wasn't sure on a quick glance whether I'd read it or not. So, I checked it out, and then, reading it, I learned who the real f
The Styling Librarian
Bink & Gollie Best Friends Forever by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile – How much do I love reading Bink and Gollie? Can’t tell you, can’t measure it! But Bink can measure that she is shorter than Gollie, and she thinks a Acme Stretch-O-Matic might be just the answer…. and Gollie thinks that she is a queen because of her relatives- how does Bink react? Read to find out! Here are a few other things I love about Bink & Gollie books: rollerskates, old fashioned i ...more
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Kate DiCamillo, the newly named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014–2015, says about stories, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.” Born in Philadelphia, the author lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

Kate DiCamillo's own journey is something of a dream come true. After
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