Friday, September 2, 2011

Bink and Gollie

Bink and Gollie
Kate DiCamillo, author
Alison McGhee, author
Tony  Fucile, illustrator
multiple "best books..." lists
Geisel Award Winner

DiCamillo has done it again! We are HUGE fans of the Mercy Watson books in this household, and my daughter has fallen in love with Bink and Gollie (the boys will, too, once I introduce them). In a new early chapter book series, DiCamillo (and team) give us two seemingly opposite girls: short, crazy-haired Bink and tall, tidy Gollie. Best friends who love to roller skate, they must compromise for nearly everything else. Even their houses are completely different. While Bink and Gollie are girls, they are not princess-y; they make a nice change of pace and boys will enjoy them, too.

This "chapter book" is really more a collection of three stories of the two friends. Fucile's illustrations help make the book: it has a graphic novel feel and the illustrations are delightful. Perfect for new readers in the kindergarten-early elementary crowd (and I think older reluctant readers would also enjoy them). They also make fun read alouds to the older preschool-kindergarten crowd.

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