Bink & Gollie: Two for One
written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
illustrated by Tony Fucile
Candlewick Press, June 2012
Early chapter book, ISBN 978-0763633615
Your favorite marvelous companions are back! Meet them at the fair in this delightfully droll sequel to the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning Bink & 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 Bink & Gollie.
Read the Reviews
Best friends Bink and Gollie are complete opposites in terms of appearance; they are kindred spirits, though, and readers will delight in sharing in their adventures at the state fair… Short, compact sentences make this book an ideal selection for beginning readers… Fucile employs an economical use of sketchy lines and splashes of color to capture facial expressions and emotions with spot-on accuracy. His artwork goes a long way in making this title the funny, touching book that it is. It would be no surprise if Bink and Gollie were to join the likes of Elephant and Piggie and Frog and Toad in the ranks of favorite friend duos. (School Library Journal, starred review)
B&G again hit that sweet spot where picture books, graphic novels, and early readers converge… The book follows a satisfying trajectory from the first story’s slapstick through the second’s pathos to conclude with the affirmation of friendship in the third, and the blend of humor and sympathetic warmth buoys the story throughout. This endearing partnership remains a treat to follow, and readers will be as delighted as Bink and Gollie about the fortune-teller-certified long-term soundness of their friendship. (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review)