Reviews for Bink and Gollie


Booklist Reviews 2010 September #2
From two high-profile authors and an award-winning illustrator comes this zany hybrid of picture book, graphic novel, and early reader that introduces an endearing new pair of odd-couple friends. Short, blond, sprout-haired Bink and tall, tidy Gollie are complete opposites, but they're also devoted pals who visit each other every day: Bink from her tiny rustic cottage; Gollie from her sleek, chic tree house filled with mid-twentieth-century furniture. Three episodes explore common friendship dilemmas: in the first, the girls discuss the meaning of compromise; next, Gollie longs for personal space; and finally, Bink's new pet sparks Gollie's jealousy. Reality is gleefully suspended here; parents and school don't seem to exist. Although the scenes don't quite combine into a developed story, the repetition of phrases and appealingly oddball elements (roller skates, pancakes, rainbow socks) create a sense of cohesion, while Fucile's expressive, cartoon-style drawings, including several wordless spreads, extend the sense of character, story, and madcap adventure. Children will have fun filling in all the spaces this high-spirited, quirky, and warmhearted offering leaves to the imagination.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
Three short stories star Bink, petite and excitable, and Gollie, lanky and unflappable. The pals agree about many things, but there's also some real friction (e.g., Gollie disapproves mightily of Bink's rainbow-colored socks). DiCamillo and McGhee successfully portray the bumps in the road that can come with friendship. Fucile's unfussy digital illustrations with lots of white space perfectly highlight this odd couple's particularities. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #1
Three short stories star Bink, a petite and excitable dervish with wide eyes and yellow sticky-out hair, and Gollie, Bink's lanky, unflappable, erudite best friend. They live in separate apartments of a funky two-family treehouse: Bink in a gingerbread-style dwelling at the foot of the tree and Gollie in a mod-inspired pad at the tippy top. The pals agree about many things -- roller-skating, pancakes -- but there's also some real friction. In 'Don't You Need a New Pair of Socks?' Gollie disapproves mightily of Bink's rainbow-colored socks. 'You remove your outrageous socks, and I will make pancakes,' says Gollie, suggesting a compromise that isn't really one. Bink storms off, fuming, 'The problem with Gollie. . .is that it's either Gollie's way or the highway.' By the end of the story the girls have found a true compromise, but there are more difficulties to work through in 'P.S. I'll Be Back Soon' and 'Give a Fish a Home.' DiCamillo and McGhee are entirely successful in portraying the bumps in the road and bruised feelings that can come with friendship. The rewards, though, are also apparent, as the two besties snuggle together against the elements (that exist only in Gollie's imagination) and finally find some mutually acceptable uses for Bink's eye-offending footwear. Fucile's unfussy digital illustrations with lots of white space perfectly highlight this odd couple's particularities. ELISSA GERSHOWITZ Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2010 August #2
If James Marshall's George and Martha were not hippos and were both girls, they would be much like best friends Bink and Gollie in this charming early-reader series debut. Tall, quirkily formal Gollie says "Greetings"; the shorter, more casual Bink just says hello. Gollie uses words like "compromise" and "implore"; Bink needs to learn them fast to keep up. Three winsome short stories—"Don't You Need a New Pair of Socks?," "P.S. I'll Be Back Soon" and "Give a Fish a Home"—illustrate the eminently surmountable challenges to Bink and Gollie's friendship in rapid-fire dialogue that manages to be both witty and earnest. Fucile's terrific, cartoonish artwork is expressive and hilarious—black-and-white scratchy lines and washes that effectively use spot color to highlight, say, alarmingly hideous rainbow socks or the faint underwater orange of a freshly liberated pet goldfish. One favorite wordless spread shows Bink holding up her goldfish bowl at the movie theater so her fish-friend can see Mysteries of the Deep Blue Sea... seated next to a mortified Gollie. More, please! (Early reader. 6-8) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2010 August #2

Think Pippi Longstocking meets The Big Bang Theory, and you'll have a good idea of the mood and quirky heroines of this first entry in what promises to be a wholly original chapter book series. Gollie is reed thin, geeky, and archly judgmental; Bink is petite and down to earth. Like all best friends, they know each other too well and can't live without one another, and in three short adventures, they squabble about novelty socks ("The problem with Gollie," Bink observes, "is that it's either Gollie's way or the highway. My socks and I have chosen the highway"), personal boundaries, and pets ("I must inform you that you are giving a home to a truly unremarkable fish," says Gollie). The plots serve mostly as a framework for DiCamillo and McGhee's sharp, distinctly ungirly dialogue that makes every page feel like a breath of fresh air. And true to his background as an animator for Pixar and Disney, Fucile makes his inklike digital illustrations crackle with energy and sly humor--it's not surprising that the man who helped create The Incredibles' Edna Mode has made these two prickly personalities irresistible. Ages 6-9. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 August

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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