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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Early Reader: Bink & Gollie Two for One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

BINK & GOLLIE: TWO FOR ONE
by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile
Candlewick Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3361-5
Grades 2 and up
Reviewed from purchased copy.

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.

I am a huge fan of Bink & Gollie.  Not only are the two adorable as characters, but the stories are hilarious.  I laughed my way through this book.  It amazes me when an author (authors in this case) can create such fun stories using so few words.  This is a great gift, one that Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee share with readers in this series. 

Bink is so delightfully enthusiastic about pretty much everything while Gollie provides a calming more serious element to the story.  Above all these girls are friends.  I think that is ultimately what these stories are about: friendship. In the first story, Bink attempts to win a carnival game (challenging to say the least). Unfortunately, her attempts aren't exactly successful (but painfully hilarious) but Gollie proves herself a true friend. Bink returns the favor when Gollie enters the talent show.  And the visit to the fortune teller? Well, I'll leave that for you to discover.

Just know that if you are looking for sweet stories to share and enjoy that have great themes and characters, look no further than this series.                                                                                                                                                                   

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