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Bink & Gollie (Bink & Gollie #1)

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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
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published September 1st 2010)
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Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I eye Bink and Gollie across the room with a slow reptilian stare. I yell at it, “I refuse to be charmed by you!” I throw a shoe. Bink and Gollie, to its credit, does not allow itself to be sucked into my childish behavior. I edge a little closer. I cry, “I know your pictures are amazing and your writing manages to be loquacious without being precious but I am not fooled!” I throw my other shoe, which unfortunately means that I am now out of shoes. Bink and Gollie is now looking at me with a mix ...more
This book lifted my spirits and helped me smile today. These two friends are very different with big vocabularies. They learn the art of compromise. I love how the pictures are as much a part of the story as the words and how they meld together to tell this special friendship. Also, it looks like such an amazing treehouse they have.

They deal with personal space and time, compromise of friends and goldfish and it all swirls into a wonderful whole. What we need now is a Bink & Gollie nation.

Lisa Vegan
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all ages, for reading aloud & independent readers; those looking for friendship stories
Although this book is 81 pages long and has 3 “chapters” plus a short postscript, it is not a children’s novel as I was expecting, but an advanced picture book, at least in my opinion. It is quite advanced because the vocabulary/language used is sophisticated and definitely more advanced than in most picture books, though because the illustrations tell so much of the story, even the youngest children will understand it.

I love the story of this friendship between two very different girls. In ever
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It is completely charming and remarkable in how clearly it is able to convey both the joys and frustrations of close friendship. I was actually surprised how short/quick-to-read this book is since it looks like a longer picture book/early chapter book but it took me no more than ten minutes to get through. The words are chosen sparingly and sublimely and it's brilliant how well they, coupled with the absolutely marvelous illustrations, convey the tone and characters' thoughts ...more
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Oct 13, 2010
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I must say, these were three rather strange stories. The characters are very appealing, but I wasn't immediately sure if Bink was a boy or a girl. And do they both live alone? Not a sign of families anywhere. Very odd. Though this book was a 2011 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award honor book for beginning readers, I found some of the vocabulary to be way too advanced for someone in first, second, or even third grade: outrageous, compromise, bonanza, marvelous, companion, unremarkable, extraordinary, acc ...more
Feb 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
A cute little book I had to get for one of my college classes. The detail in the illustrations is the most enjoyable part, I think, but I have to praise it for getting across so much with so little text. Bink and Gollie's personalities are clear and distinct, and the strength of their friendship is obvious. Well done.
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: recommended
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ah! I loved this book! It is cute, quirky, and fun. I have been putting off reading it to my library classes because it appeared too long for my 15-minute storytime. I was wrong. It took a little longer, but it was well worth it!

This is a deceptively simple tale about two friends which accurately captures the relationship between two girls. One of the best things about this book is that the relationship stands completely alone. The first time I read it, I thought the girls were sisters. At one
L13 Tracy Beling
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely fell in love with Bink and Gollie. It may have something to do with the fact that they remind me of my two oldest daughters.

Bink and Gollie are two friends that appear to have nothing in common, yet somehow, they have a wonderful friendship. In this book, there are three short stories about the two friends, and how they get along even though they're so different. They complement each other perfectly and find a way to meet halfway most of the time.

The illustrations are wonderful. T
Oh please, oh please, oh please let this be the first in a series. A long series. I am in love with Bink and Gollie. (And I'll just admit right off the bat that as much as I would love to be Bink, I am entirely Gollie. And my husband is so Bink in boy form.)

There is so much to love about this new book. A fun friendship between two polar-opposite-type girls. Clever dialogue. Brilliant Tony Fucile illustrations. (He is officially on my list of possible illustrators for the children's book I will n
The Library Lady
Oct 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: overrated-crap
I know I'm supposed to be charmed by this as others have been. But I'm not.
Then again, I HATED The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread. I am indifferent to The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and I wouldn't care if "Mercy Watson" was turned into bacon, sausage and porkchops. In fact, I might like her better.

How is it that an author that can write something as moving, as wonderful as damn good as Because of Winn-Dixie then decides she's
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidstuff
Cute story for kids that proves friends don't always have to agree on everything. One thing Bink and Gollie will never need to argue about is whether to have peanut butter sandwiches or pancakes:

Peanut Butter Pancakes

- serves 12

1 cup flour
2 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons milk

- directions:

In large bowl mix together flour, baking
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who has a friend or who wants to be a friend
I LOVED this! My one complaint would be that it is TOO short! Instead of three chapters about Bink and Gollie, I would love to read thirty chapters! While reading this, I made a list of things I love about this book:

* I love BOTH Bink and Gollie.

* LOVE Bink's hair!

* LOVE their "compromise bonanza!" This is something all friends need to learn about.

* LOVE the use of color AND gray-scale. Any important focal point is in color. Bink and Gollie are ALWAYS in color.

* Gollie used Bink's sock as her fl
Elizabeth Bird wrote a very thoughtful and considered review. I just loved it. Love Fucile's illustrations which add tremendously to the text. Love the good friends who aren't the same, but can compromise. Just so cute.

We went to see DiCamillo at the Regulator bookstore yesterday. If you get a chance to see her, go! She reads with verve and great humor, she's funny and charming with the kids who ask questions, and is, in every way delightful.

So, while waiting in the substantial and enthusiastic
Abby Johnson
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very cute books, a hybrid between easy reader, chapter book, and graphic novel. The combination makes them ideal for reluctant readers, particularly kids who CAN read pretty well but don't think they like to. The vocabulary is rather sophisticated compared to typical easy readers, but lots of illustrations and just a little text on each page makes the books manageable for kids who are reluctant to read.

The story features three episodic chapters and reminded me very much of the Frog & Toad b
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was delightful. I loved the rambunctious characters and their hilarious friendship. I quite enjoyed the clever illustrations and how they depicted the world of Bink and Gollie. The different nuances of color with the grey scale was refreshingly simplistic and pleasant. I liked the adventures that these two friends went on and I liked seeing the story unfold. I would definitely recommend this book.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of the sweet friendships portrayed in books like Frog and Toad, or Elephant and Piggie, then I would highly recommend this book to you. There are three stories in this book and they are all wonderful, however, I think the last story, Give a Fish a Home, is my absolute favorite. Humorous, touching, thought provoking, fun.
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone reading Winnie the Pooh, Frog and Toad, Elephant and Piggie, or Ivy & Bean... read this too.
I read this as soon as it came out in 2010. Several of my most trusty kid-lit sources were likening it to the very best early-reader pals ––Frog & Toad, George & Martha, and Elephant & Piggie–– and it's co-authored by Kate DiCamillo, so it was bound to be good.

Bink & Gollie lives up to the hype, and then some. It’s a strange little book, especially amongst other same-same-same early readers. The reading level isn’t assigned a number on the front cover, because the reading level i
Vera Godley
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About the book: 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. ...more
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Bink and Gollie is a wonderfully creative, imaginative and gorgeously illustrated booked. The story is of two very different best friends and how they compromise while keeping their individuality. In the first story, Bink finds a very brightly colored pair of socks which Gollie thinks are outrageous. Bink feels that the problem with Gollie is that it is her way or the highway and Gollie feels that Bink is unwilling to compromise. Being the wonderful friends that they are they meet each other hal ...more
Sweet on Books
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Bink & Gollie are true opposites and best friends. Their interactions are droll and hilarious. Bink is wide-eyed and innocent and Gollie is utter sophistication. They can always agree to go roller skating or eat pancakes, but they must find their way through a maze of compromise on all other matters; and they do so quite entertainingly.

Di Camillo and McGhee have really outdone themselves here. The conversation is utterly sparkling between the two title characters and the illustrations are p
Jodie Greene
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This is a realistic picture book is about two best friends that are very different, but learn to compromise and accept each other’s uniqueness. Bink is innocent and Gollie is sophisticated. The book contains three short stories about the adventures that these two friends have and their unique ways to compromise and enjoy their friendship. They don’t always like what the other does, but their friendship remains.

This book highlights that people that are different can still be friends, but that com
The charm is undeniable. Bink and Gollie are about two funny girls one tall and one short with two different personalities, but come together and interact in a way that makes you smile. The book has three simple stories, but each one sparkles. Topics range from a pair of socks to getting a goldfish, on the surface not the most interesting of events, but through the eyes of children, the stories flow very nicely and are lively. The girls seem very authentic and real and capture the charm that lit ...more
Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
Bink & Gollie. / Kate DiCamillo & Alison McGhee. Tony Fucile (ill.) / 2012.

Genre: Fiction: Humor.

Format: Easy Reader - print.

Plot summary:
"Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion" (MCPL).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
best friends, imagination, humor

Review citation:
"Although the sce
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bink & gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

I recommend Bink and Gollie for grades 1 through 3rd. This is a picture book that tells three adventures about Bink and Gollie. They are quite different but enjoy being together. Gollie is a self-confident and a fashionable girl and Bink is an adventurous girl seeking Gollie. Even though they are different, they always compromise for friendship’s sake. This contemporaneous story take place in several locations. They also have a house tree wher
The most charming odd couple in children's literature since Elephant and Piggie.

Bink is a tiny, loud, sloppy bundle of energy. Gollie is quiet, sesquipedalian, and a tiny bit squeamish. The pair traverses the landscape of friendship in three mini-stories, wonderfully illustrated by Tony Fucile: Bink's bright socks offend Gollie's sensibilities, Gollie needs to go on an adventure by herself, and a goldfish introduces angst into the relationship dynamic. The drama of each story is quiet yet achin
This hybrid chapter/picture book tells three short stories about two friends named Bink & Gollie, who, despite being polar opposites, manage to have quite a bit of fun together. Children in the third or fourth grade will be able to read the book on their own but some complex vocabulary make it a better read aloud for younger children, despite its outer resemblance to an easy reader. Pixar veteran Fucile's illustrations are reminiscent of his animated work. Fittingly, the storylines read like ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really 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
I am so glad the Geisel awards exist -- I have honestly kind of always hated easy reader books. They are usually boringly illustrated, not well written, and really only in existence to help kids sound out words. This book, on the other hand, is the opposite of all that. There are few words, but what words are there are actually CHALLENGING. This book does not talk down to children, but rather allows them to challenge themselves in a fun, funny way, with fun, funny characters. The illustrations a ...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.

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“Bink," said Gollie, "I must inform you that you are giving a home to a truly unremarkable fish."

"I love him" said Bink.”
“I have brought you half of my pancakes," said Gollie.

"And I have removed one of my outrageous socks," said Bink. "It's a compromise bonanza!”
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