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Bink and Gollie: Two for One
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Bink and Gollie: Two for One

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by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, Tony Fucile (Illustrator)
 

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Your favorite marvelous companions are back! Meet them at the fair in this delightfully droll sequel to the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning Bink and Gollie.

The state fair is in town, and now Bink and Gollie - utter opposites and best friends extraordinaire - must use teamwork and their gray matter while navigating its many wonders. Will the energetic

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Your favorite marvelous companions are back! Meet them at the fair in this delightfully droll sequel to the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning Bink and Gollie.

The state fair is in town, and now Bink and Gollie - utter opposites and best friends extraordinaire - must use teamwork and their gray matter while navigating its many wonders. Will the energetic Bink win the world's largest donut in the Whack-a-Duck game? Will the artistic Gollie wow the crowd in the talent show? As the undaunted duo steps into the mysterious tent of fortune-teller Madame Prunely, one prediction is crystal clear: this unlikely pair will always be the closest of pals. Get ready for more laughs in this wry, warmhearted sequel to the New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book Bink and Gollie, written by the award-winning, best-selling Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee and featuring the exuberant visual humor of illustrator Tony Fucile.

Editorial Reviews

Kate DiCamillo takes her Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning Bink and Gollie pair out on a state fair outing in this new illustrated chapter book. Though seemingly mismatched pair, this talented duo find themselves in the thick of competitive things at this festive event. Tony Fucile's delightfully whimsical illustrations set just the right tone for the hijinx.

Publishers Weekly
If Bink and Gollie’s first adventure emphasized the simple pleasures of roller skating, novelty socks, and imaginary mountain-climbing expeditions, DiCamillo and McGhee’s sequel suggests that the world is a strange and unpredictable place, best faced with one’s closest friend at one’s side. This trio of stories is set at the state fair (where better to observe the odder side of life?), and while this mismatched duo’s friendship remains feisty and close-knit, an unsettling undercurrent runs through the tales. Bink tries her hand at the Whack-a-Duck game in the surprisingly violent first story, nailing the game’s operator in the face with a baseball three times (strike three mercifully occurs off-screen, but Bink’s first two efforts are drawn in graphic detail). In the following stories, Gollie competes (unsuccessfully) in a talent competition, and the girls visit a fortune-teller. The book’s best moment occurs after Madame Prunely reveals that the girls will be together in the future. “That’s all the future I need to know,” shouts Bink, charging out of the tent. Here’s hoping that future is brighter. Ages 6–8. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (June)
From the Publisher
Best friends Bink and Gollie are complete opposites in terms of appearance; they are kindred spirits, though, and readers will delight in sharing in their adventures at the state fair... Short, compact sentences make this book an ideal selection for beginning readers... Fucile employs an economical use of sketchy lines and splashes of color to capture facial expressions and emotions with spot-on accuracy. His artwork goes a long way in making this title the funny, touching book that it is. It would be no surprise if Bink and Gollie were to join the likes of Elephant and Piggie and Frog and Toad in the ranks of favorite friend duos.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

B&G again hit that sweet spot where picture books, graphic novels, and early readers converge... The book follows a satisfying trajectory from the first story’s slapstick through the second’s pathos to conclude with the affirmation of friendship in the third, and the blend of humor and sympathetic warmth buoys the story throughout. This endearing partnership remains a treat to follow, and readers will be as delighted as Bink and Gollie about the fortune-teller-certified long-term soundness of their friendship.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

Another welcome sequel...illustrated with zany energy. Here the mismatched best friends compete at the state fair to win a large doughnut, "nature's most perfect food," and together "travel the darkened path" to a gypsy tent, where a wizened Madame Prunely gives them a lovely glimpse of the future.
—The Wall Street Journal

Fucile’s lively artwork and detailed cartoon-style drawings, in combination with DiCamillo and McGhee’s simple, droll words, are spot-on when it comes to depicting humorous and sympathetic moments, and they excel in highlighting the great joys of best friendship. Kids will be left eagerly anticipating the further adventures of this unlikely—and completely charming—duo.
—Booklist

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Follow the adventures of Bink and Gollie, two friends, as they attend the state fair. First, Gollie goes with Bink to the Whack-a-Duck booth where Bink tries her hand at throwing a ball to knock over ducks on shelves. The winner's prize is the world's largest donut. With Bink throwing the ball to whack a duck, the man operating the booth ends up with more than he bargained. There's an amusing twist at the end of this first chapter. Next, Gollie tries out for the amateur talent show. She has some difficulties when she's on the stage and Bink ends up saving the day for Gollie. The final stop for the two friends is at Madame Prunely's booth. Madame Prunely gazes into her crystal ball to reveal the past and the future for the twosome. The color illustrations provide some necessary information to the plot, like the results of Bink's efforts at the Whack a Duck booth, Gollie's performance at the talent competition, and Madame Prunely's talent for seeing the past. This book is a sequel to Bink and Gollie. Readers may enjoy the humor and friendship in the story. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Best friends Bink and Gollie are complete opposites in terms of appearance; Bink is short and squat with an explosion of yellow hair and rumpled clothes, and Gollie is tall and slender with a smooth bob and a chic outfit. They are kindred spirits, though, and readers will delight in sharing in their adventures at the state fair. First, Bink tries mightily (yet unsuccessfully) to win one of the games, then Gollie decides to enter a talent competition but is gripped by a bout of stage fright. Finally, both girls have their fortunes told by Madame Prunely, and they realize that the future doesn't matter too much as long as they're together. The common thread linking all of the stories is the girls' respect and compassion for each other, and the realization that having a good buddy makes life's little vexations more tolerable. Short, compact sentences make this book an ideal selection for beginning readers. There are some challenging vocabulary words, but readers should be able to glean much of the story from the fantastic illustrations. Fucile employs an economical use of sketchy lines and splashes of color to capture facial expressions and emotions with spot-on accuracy. His artwork goes a long way in making this title the funny, touching book that it is. It would be no surprise if Bink and Gollie were to join the likes of Elephant and Piggie and Frog and Toad in the ranks of favorite friend duos. Hilarious, warm, and, in a word, outstanding.—Amy Holland, Irondequoit Public Library, NY—
Kirkus Reviews
Winsome duo Bink and Gollie are back, this time zipping through a day at the state fair (Bink & Gollie, 2010). Messy-mopped Bink goes immediately to the Whack-a-Duck game. After all, the prize is the world's largest donut. In a brilliant spread that shows every step of her comical windup, Bink's pitch explodes with energy. She is endearingly hopeful, but … not exactly on target. The next chapter is Gollie's turn to shine. She enters the talent show with stars in her eyes. But when she opens her mouth on stage, nothing comes out--though her expressions are priceless. Luckily there is a much more forgiving audience right around the corner. The last story showcases Bink and Gollie together. Madame Prunely tells them their fortune. ("Destiny?" asks Bink. "Is it a ride?" / "In a manner of speaking," replies Gollie.) However, these two best friends don't need to hear much about their future. They have each other and that's all that matters. It's difficult to match the exuberance of first meeting (or reading) this winning pair, but Bink and Gollie's second adventure won't disappoint. Utterly chuckle-worthy, charming and (thank goodness) still refreshing. Friendships can be tricky to navigate, but if youngsters find half of the joy and loyalty of this pair, they'll be set. (Early reader. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763633615
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
06/12/2012
Series:
Bink and Gollie Series
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
533,392
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
270L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of The Magician's Elephant, a New York Times bestseller; The Tale of Despereaux, which was awarded the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor book; and six books starring Mercy Watson, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride. Kate DiCamillo lives in Minneapolis.

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! and the illustrator of Hallie Durand’s Mitchell’s License. He has spent more than twenty years designing and animating characters for numerous feature films, including The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. Tony Fucile lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
March 25, 1964
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

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Bink and Gollie, Two for One 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the recommended age for this book starts at 6, my 3 year old daughter just LOVES Bink and Gollie. The illustrations are adorable, memorable, and lend themselves perfectly to the reading of the story. We enjoyed this book so much at the library that we bought our own copy PLUS the 1st installment of Bink and Gollie: Best Friends.