Bink & Gollie

Common Sense Media says

Friendship flourishes in fun graphic novel for younger set.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

This book bridges the picture book to the graphic novel in a way kids will love. It also offers plenty of opportunity to discuss friendship, jealousy, and taking care of pets.

Positive messages

Two girls, who seem very different, are good friends who compromise, look out for each other, and work out a little jealousy.

Positive role models

Both girls are adventurous, funny, and each is a good friend to the other. Even when jealous feelings emerge, they stick together and work things out.

Violence & scariness

A girl tosses her friend's goldfish into a lake, and the goldfish is seen through the ice of the frozen lake six months later.  

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bink & Gollie is a collection of three humorous adventures of two unlikely best friends that's somewhere between a picture book and a graphic novel. It offers plenty of opportunity to discuss friendship, jealousy, and even taking care of pets. Older readers will relate to the tender stories of two girls working out their friendship, and all will appreciate the expressive artwork that pulls it all together.

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What's the story?

Two girls, who seem very different in many respects, learn what it takes to become "marvelous companions" in three stories that show the ups and downs of friendship.  Bink seems like the younger of the two, and Gollie older and more mature -- but both girls have lessons to learn about compromise, personal space, and dealing with jealous feelings. In one story, for example, Gollie feels competitive with Bink's new pet fish.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids will love Bink and warm to Gollie. One is impish, playful, and spontaneous, like most kids; the other more independent, thoughtful, and a little stand-offish (though she makes great pancakes!) Even the way they walk, talk, and tie their roller-skates says something about them. The stories in BINK & GOLLIE are engagingly light and silly, but readers will get a feel for the pain of trying to make a friendship work, especially when you are a kid. The text is minimal but just enough to get the point across, the vocabulary is expressive, and the artwork fills in the emotion.  

 

The story is warm and cuddly cute, but the illustrations are truly what make this book captivating. Tony Fucile's digitally composed artwork is animated with just enough clever, quirky, expressive detail to make the story fascinating. Putting that golden dot under the ice in the frozen pond was a stroke of genius. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the illustrations in Bink & Gollie show us how different the girls are. What can you tell about them from the cover, even before you begin the story? 

  • Bink and Gollie are pretty different -- but they are still the best of friends. Why do you think they get along so well?

  • Can you think of other books about friends who are opposites?

Book details

Authors:Alison McGhee, Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator:Tony Fucile
Genre:Friendship
Topics:Friendship
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Candlewick Press
Publication date:September 14, 2010
Number of pages:96
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8
Read aloud:4
Read alone:6 - 12

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Parent of a 8 year old Written bypegona March 11, 2011
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6
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Funny, great drawings, engaging

Wonderful story. Little brother and big sister - great to showcase feelings and love.

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 2 and 8 year old Written bybrryswt29 April 16, 2011
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8
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great book

My son and I loved the book, it was funny, full of pictures and a joy to read. Can't wait for the next adventure.

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