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Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo
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Mar 17, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: picturebookparty, reader, friendship
Read in March, 2011

This chapterized reader won this year's Geisel Award. In "Don't You Need a New Pair of Socks?" Bink & Gollie quarrel over Bink's outrageous socks. Said socks are purchased at an "extremely sock bonanza." Gollie can't stand them & begs Bink not to wear them. Gollie won't make Bink pancakes while Bink wears the rainbow-striped socks. Both girls refuse to compromise. Eventually, they make a solution to their sock dilemma. The vocabulary in this book is pretty sophisticated for the level of reader it appears to be.

I love Bink's question about whom in "P.S. I'll be back soon." It's a vocabulary teachable moment. Gollie's on an imaginary mountain climbing adventure and wants to be left alone. Poor Bink has trouble with Gollie's signs about interruptions again & again because she doesn't know those words.

When Bink picks out a fish to bring home, Gollie thinks the fish is utterly unremarkable. Bink doesn't care-she loves Fred. Fred has to come eat pancakes with Gollie. He has to go to the theatre. Gollie is rather embarrassed with it all When Bink drags the fish along rollerskating, Gollie leaves the two of them behind. Gollie comes back when Bink has a horrible crash and steps in to save the fish despite her jealousy. I love the panel showing six months later. Does anyone else think this is a hybrid book between reader and graphic novel?

The clean artwork really helps to move the story along and shows the heart of Bink's irrepressible character and the emotions in this friendship.

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