Bink and Gollie

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In a genius collaboration, acclaimed authors Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee - energized by the art of Tony Fucile - introduce two outrageously funny little girlsMeet Bink and Gollie: two precocious little girls - one tiny, one tall, and both irrepressibly funny. Setting out from their shared super-deluxe tree house and powered by plenty of peanut butter (for Bink) and pancakes (for Gollie), they share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvellous companion. No matter where their roller-skates take them, at the end of the day they will always be the very best of friends.

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Kate DiCamillo is the author of The Magician's Elephant, a New York Times best-seller; The Tale of Despereaux, which was awarded the Newbery Medal; and Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor book; and she is the creator of the award-winning Mercy Watson series. Kate DiCamillo lives in Minneapolis, USA. Alison McGhee is the award-winning author of The Song of Middle C; the number 1 New York Times bestseller Someday; and the young adult novel All Rivers Flow to the Sea. Alison McGhee lives in Minnesota, USA.Tony Fucile has spent more than twenty years designing and animating characters for cartoon feature films, including The Lion King and The Incredibles, for which he was a supervising animator. His other picture-book titles include Let's Do Nothing and Driving to Bed. He lives in San Francisco, USA.

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Gr 1-3–In three humorous interconnected stories, Gollie, a self-confident girl who lives in a fashionable, contemporary house, and Bink, her rumpled but lovable, impish friend, are adventure-seeking companions, each with her own strong will. In the first tale, Bink's outrageous socks offend Gollie's sartorial eye, but the two compromise for friendship's sake. The second story sends Gollie on an imagined climb up the Andes, shutting Bink out of the house until she arrives at the door with a sandwich, which they share on top of the “mountain.” In the final episode, Gollie is jealous of Bink's new pet fish until Bink reassures her that no one can take her place. All three stories, written with short sentences, abundant dialogue, and some contemporary expressions, offer delightful portrayals of two headstrong characters who, despite their differences and idiosyncratic quirks, know the importance of true friendship. The delightful digitalized cartoon illustrations–mostly black and white, with color used for the two characters and in strategic splashes throughout–reinforce the humor of the text. Filled with movement, they successfully portray the protagonists' changing moods. Elementary listeners and readers will have no trouble relating to the two friends' antics and the bond they share.Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, The Naples Players, FL
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