Bink & Gollie, Two for One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile. Candlewick, 2012.
What did you like about the book? This sequel is about two friends who are very different in appearance and personality, but who stand up for each other against all odds. A “chapter book” for new readers, the book has three chapters, and takes place at the state fair. The text is 99% dialogue. The humor is sophisticated.
The art work is fresh and funny, with the characters endearingly eccentric-looking: grown-ups likably dorky, and kids sweetly earnest. Main characters are drawn in color, while the background is mostly sketchy black and white. Each character is drawn with such personality!
What didn’t you like about the book?
To whom would you recommend this book? New readers, age 6 and up and their grownups
Who should buy this book? School or public libraries
Where would you shelve it and why? Comics and/or First Readers
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? I think Bink and Gollie are destined for greatness. An amazing friendship tied up in a quirky bow.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Stephanie Tournas, Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield, MA.
Date of review: July 20, 2012