Bink and Gollie

Bink and Gollie

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ISBN-13: 9780763691349
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Series: Bink and Gollie
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 630,404
File size: 37 MB
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Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is one of America’s most beloved storytellers. She is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a two-time Newbery Medalist. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

Alison McGhee is the award-winning author of books for all ages, including Song of Middle C, illustrated by Scott Menchin; the #1 New York Times bestseller Someday, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds; the young adult novel All Rivers Flow to the Sea; and the adult novel Shadow Baby, a Today Show Book Club selection. Alison McGhee lives in Minnesota.

Tony Fucile is the author-illustrator of Let's Do Nothing! chosen as a Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal. He has spent more than twenty years designing and animating characters for numerous feature films, including The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Tony Fucile has spent more than twenty years designing and animating characters for cartoon feature films. During the first fifteen years, he put pencil to paper to help bring life to characters from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, and The Iron Giant. He then moved into computer animation at the studio Pixar, working on the films Wall-E, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille and The Incredibles, for which he was a supervising animator. Let’s Do Nothing! was Tony Fucile’s first book.

Tony Fucile was born in San Francisco and currently resides nearby with his wife, Stacey, their two kids, Eli and Elinor, and two Chihuahuas (Pedro and Kahlua).

The theme of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances is a common thread in much of Kate DiCamillo’s writing. In her instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, a haughty china rabbit undergoes a profound transformation after finding himself facedown on the ocean floor—lost, and waiting to be found. The Tale of Despereaux—the Newbery Medal–winning novel that later inspired an animated adventure from Universal Pictures—stars a tiny mouse with exceptionally large ears who is driven by love to become an unlikely hero. And The Magician’s Elephant, an acclaimed and exquisitely paced fable, dares to ask the question, What if?

Kate DiCamillo’s own journey is something of a dream come true. After moving to Minnesota from Florida in her twenties, homesickness and a bitter winter helped inspire Because of Winn-Dixie—her first published novel, which, remarkably, became a runaway bestseller and snapped up a Newbery Honor. “After the Newbery committee called me, I spent the whole day walking into walls,” she says. “I was stunned. And very, very happy.”

Her second novel, The Tiger Rising, went on to become a National Book Award Finalist. Since then, the master storyteller has written for a wide range of ages. She is the author of six books in the Mercy Watson series of early chapter books, which stars a “porcine wonder” with an obsession for buttered toast. The second book in the series, Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, was named a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book by the American Library Association in 2007. She is also the co-author of the Bink and Gollie series, which celebrates the tall and short of a marvelous friendship. The first book, Bink&Gollie, was awarded the Theodor Seuss Giesel Award in 2011.
She also wrote a luminous holiday picture book, Great Joy.

Her novel Flora&Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures won the 2014 Newbery Medal. It was released in fall 2013 to great acclaim, including five starred reviews, and was an instant New York Times bestseller. Flora&Ulysses is a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format—a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black and white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell. It was a 2013 Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner and was chosen by Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Common Sense Media as a Best Book of the Year.

Kate DiCamillo, who was 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.

With three critically acclaimed adult novels under her belt—Shadow Baby (a Today Show Book Club selection), Rainlight, and Was It Beautful?—Alison McGhee was ready to turn her attention to the world of children’s literature. “First I wrote a picture book, which took me years and nearly unhinged me, because it was so difficult to do well,” says the adventurous author. “Then the idea of writing a children’s novel appealed to me.”

The result was Snap, a gracefully told story about a sensitive girl who comes to terms with loss—and learns something about lasting ties. About her inspiration for Snap, Alison McGhee says, “Recently I went through a rubber band phase, in which I wore several on my wrist at all times and snapped them in an effort to retrain myself out of a couple of bad habits. Sadly, the bad habits remained, but happily, Snap was born.”

Alison McGhee’s first young adult novel, All Rivers Flow to The Sea, is the poetically told story of a teenager overwhelmed by trauma and loss yet steadied by loyal friendships and, finally, the solace of first love. In writing her first novels for younger readers, Alison McGhee had to modify some of her usual methods, but there is at least one way in which Snap and All Rivers Flow to The Sea build on her adult books. “Thus far, the setting for all my novels—those for adults and those for children—has been the area where I grew up,” she notes. “Characters from all my novels appear and re-appear, and it was a pleasure seeing some of the adults I had worked with in previous adult novels make an appearance in Snap.

Snap has certainly been a pleasure for readers, as well. Says Kate DiCamillo, author of The Tale of Despereaux, winner of the 2004 Newbery Medal: “Snap is a book about rubber bands and braids, green buckets and blue bicycles, fear and hope and death. Mostly though, it is a book about friendship. And doughnuts. If you read it, you will laugh and cry; and when you are done, you will find that you have the courage to ‘be strong of heart.’ There’s not much more you can ask of fiction than that.”

Alison McGhee and Kate DiCamillo recently collaborated on the Bink and Gollie series of first chapter books, illustrated by Tony Fucile. The first book in the series, Bink&Gollie, is a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner.

Alison McGhee is a professor of creative writing at Metropolitan State University, where she coordinates the creative writing program. She also teaches in the MFA in Writing for Children program at Vermont College. The author lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her three children.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

March 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

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Bink and Gollie 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
kleej More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent new book by Kate DiCamillo A completely new book with new characters. I love the stories and the very smart writing! It is a great story of two very different girls who are friends that are very different personalities and get along very well. Use of great words. If you are looking for something different look at this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always been a fan of Kate DiCamillo's work, and I was not disappointed by this new book with Alison McGhee. The two main charachters -- Bink & Gollie -- are funny and entertaining. My boys laughed at several of the situations depicted and absolutely loved the fish! I highly recommend this book as it's fun to read to kids, as well as for kids to read on their own.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing 22 days ago
"Fish know nothing of longing."This was absolutely delightful - Bink and Gollie are very different best friends who manage to love each other despite their very different approaches. This reminded me of the wit of Eloise, the parentless possibility of Pippi Longstocking, and the confident intelligence of The Exiles. The text and pictures are equally stunning - I could see this as a lap book, or for confident early readers.
alphaselene on LibraryThing 22 days ago
4Q, 4P: Funny and tender story of two friends and the humorous exploration of their connection despite their differences.
lcherylc on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Bink and Gollie are two best friends who have funny adventures as they deal with socks, goldfish, and trips to the Andes Mountains.This book not quite a graphic novel but is very similar with pictures and captions. It is great for reluctant readers who rely on pictures to comprehend the story. The book is ideal for grades 2-3.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Reason for Reading: I'm a fan of Kate DiCamillo.An adorable book suitable for children who are reading on their own but still want pictures and may find a page full of text daunting. While not to be confused as an easy reader (for ex. "Perhaps a compromise is in order. "), this beginning 3 chapters book could easily be called a picture book as well. Each page is fabulously illustrated and contains small blocks of text which will appeal to children of a wide age range.This book contains three episodes in the life of Bink & Gollie, roller skating "marvelous companions" who live in separate tree houses of the same tree. Bink & Gollie each have their own distinct, unique personality and that is what makes this book so much fun. The dynamics between the two, the repartee, the differences in personality and the obvious closeness as friends make these girls two very special characters in the literary world. Mr. Fucile's illustrations capture the essence of Bink & Gollie and it is the combination of writing and illustrating that makes this duo so captivating. I was taken with them right away.The first story introduces a pair of "outrageous" socks, the second an expedition to the Andes mountains and the third the purchase of a goldfish. While each is an individual story, the theme (and importance) of the socks is carried through the book unobtrusively in the illustrations. Now that the Mercy Watson series is finished I think that fans will be very happy to turn their attentions to Bink & Gollie, the first in what I've heard (no evidence yet) will prove to be a series.
asomers on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This was a very cute story. The pictures and content would leave you to believe that this was for younger readers, but the vocabulary was definitely for a much older reader. I'm not sure our beginner readers would understand some of the words or the more complex sentence structure. I loved the stories, but I'd find it hard to recommend to my students for independent reading. This is a story that requires guided reading.
RoseMarion on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This is a very short, but cute and easy chapter book. There is not much text on each page, and the real stars of the book are often the illustrations and humorous plots. Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee stars Bink (the short blonde girl) and Gollie (the taller brunette) as they share their daily adventures together. They are incredibly different best friends. Bink is more a dreamer, and Gollie is more of a realist. However, they always seem to bond over pancakes and roller skates.I expect there to be more books about Bink and Gollie in the future. They seem to be good choices for children who are just learning to let go of heavily illustrated books. Since some of the humor and words are sophisticated, I would recommend this to a child who is young, but is more mature. Still even those who don't grasp all the humor or words will probably really enjoy reading about two unique best friends in a beautifully illustrated book.
richiespicks on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Richie's Picks: BINK & GOLLIE by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, and Tony Fucile, ill. Candlewick, August 2010, 92p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-3266-3 "'Bink,' said Gollie, 'The brightness of those socks pains me. I beg you not to purchase them.'"'I can't wait to put them on,' said Bink." "'I love socks,' said Bink."'Some socks are more lovable than others,' said Gollie." I am seriously not a television person, but I am always hearing friends talking about this TV series or that one, and how they are waiting for the new season to arrive. And now I know what they are talking about. I was quite disappointed when I reached the end of the first book in the upcoming new series that is being written for early readers by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. BINK & GOLLIE features two girl friends, one small (Bink) and the other one tall (Gollie) . I'd had a great old time sitting in the Candlewick booth at ALA, reading the first episode in the BINK & GOLLIE series. In writing for emerging readers, the authors succeed in creating stories that are fresh and snarky, subversive and sophisticated. But now I have to wait a whole year to see the next episode! That's terrible, because I could merrily devour episodes of Bink and Gollie one after another all day long -- they are that much fun. "'Hello, Gollie,' said Bink. 'Do I smell pancakes'"'You do not,' said Gollie."'Will I smell pancakes?' said Bink." I like many things about what this talented trio is creating here. Without the imposing visual borders of a graphic novel, they are, nevertheless, often fitting more than one scene on a page, providing a lot of action and story in 92 pages. The two friends are -- at least in this first book -- pretty much in a world unto themselves. The authors are also quite innovative -- given this format and audience -- in their adoption from reality shows of the use of asides, where -- in a break in the action -- each of the girls will talk to themselves and to the audience about their reaction to the behavior of the other: "'The problem with Gollie,' said Bink, 'is that it's either Gollie's way, or the highway.'" "'The problem with Bink,' said Gollie,' is her unwillingness to compromise.'" Despite the issues that arise between the two girls, you can, in the end, really feel the bond that exists between the pair. Illustrator Tony Fucile may be a relatively newbie when it comes to children's book illustrating, but he's got a mega-impressive background, having designed and animated characters in the films The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. Right off the bat, he does a great job of creating the pair of personas and bringing the two friends' attitudes to life. And I absolutely love how those socks Really Stand Out on the page so that you can so easily understand Gollie's ongoing issue with them. This first episode won't be available until the fall, but it, too, is a Real Stand Out and well worth watching for. Richie Partington, MLISInstructor, San Jose State UniversitySchool of Library and Information ScienceFTC NOTICE: Richie receives free books from lots of publishers who hope he will Pick their books. You can figure that any review was written after reading and dog-earring a free copy received. Richie retains these review copies for his rereading pleasure and for use in his booktalks at schools and libraries.
pjw1173 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This is a charming book that reminded me a lot of the Frog and Toad series. Like Frog and Toad, the book is made up of 'chapters' that are short stories. The two main characters are young girls who live very different lives. One is a free spirit and the other is more of an introvert. I have this book in my classroom library.
kayceel on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Utterly charming, this collection of stories about a best friends is funny and sweet. Great illustrations add to the girls' charm. A great read for 1st-2nd graders.Highly Recommended!
bell7 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This is the story of two friends, Bink and Gollie. Each of them are quite individual, and they don't always agree, but in the end what matters most is their friendship and what they have in common.Rather unusually for me, I've been sitting on this one for a week, unsure of how to review it. I've always liked-but-not-loved Kate DiCamillo's books, and as I'm not entirely sure why there's just a smidgen of a miss, I was afraid I wouldn't quite be able to convey why this isn't a 4.5 - 5 star read for me. Then there's the fact that there are very few words. Though not a picture book, the story is told as much through illustrations as the wordsm which are primarily used to convey the characters' speech. I like how individual Bink and Gollie are in both looks and temperament, and I like the way the sort of disagreements that friends have is conveyed in a realistic way without coming across as patronizing to the children for whom these spats are very real and very important.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my 3 year old's favorite books. Told in short "chapters", this book is longer than most young children's books (recommended age is 6-8), but endearing enough to keep my little girl's attention throughout. And then she asks for more.
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kidswholovetoread More than 1 year ago
My daughter found BiNK & gollie books at her school library and loved the humor and the illustrations, as well as the fact that the reading level was just right for her! She's a first grader and enjoys reading, especially funny books. Loved it.
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DahlsDoll More than 1 year ago
This story, written like three smaller stories, is about two friends whose imagination allows them to enjoy their friendship and go on mini adventures together. The two are quite hilarious and caring at the same time. Bink, the younger of the two friends is full of wild notions and demands Gollie’s attention. Her energy is contagious throughout the pages. Even her appearance was energizing. Her hair stands in every direction and her mismatched clothes and socks set her as the comical character. Bink is the initiator, she always devising new plans and creates excitement in the most mundane occurrences such as buying a pair of socks. Gollie, on the other hand, is much more reserved. She is the mature one of the pair and appears more stable than Bink; She even looks after Bink in an older-sister sort of way. They make a great pair. Gollie is taller than Bink, has straight brown hair that is topped off cleanly with a bow. Her appearance, like Bink, suggests the type of character she is. Each girl has a real character flaw; Gollie is a tad controlling while Bink is stubborn. I was glad to see these characters in a children’s story because they were people I already knew and I’m sure children could relate to these qualities. I’ve worked in daycare, and I know children do NOT always get along. As for the plot, it was a laugh fest. From buying outrageous socks, climbing the Andes Mountains, and ice-skating with a goldfish, the two friends are impossibly hilarious. What I love about this story is that Bink and Gollie’s friendship isn’t just a wacky adventure all the time. They have their disagreements and real struggles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never write reviews, but this was such a hit that I felt compelled. I bought this for my 2.5 year old daughter, and she loved the stories. She could really get into the differences between the two characters, and she loved learning new words, like BONANZA! These are as much fun for me to read as for her to hear. I want more installments, please!!!
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