(This is a repost of a review of this book I did back in February... Contents below are identical, but the book comes out this month, so I wanted to draw your attention to it again!)
Kate DiCamillo, author
Alison McGhee, author
Tony Fucillo, illustrator
We thoroughly enjoyed Bink and Gollie,
and I am delighted to see these friends return in a new set of
adventures! Early reader/chapter books really shine when both text and
are at the top of their game; Bink and Gollie books provide a terrific
example. Once again, DiCamillo and McGhee have given us funny stores
about two devoted friends who have different interests and adventures,
but who wind up supporting each other as only best friends can do. And
once again, Fucillo's illustrations really steal the show. His use of
color, the graphic novel feel of some pages, his use of
this installment, Bink and Gollie are state fair bound. Being a bit
of a state fair fan myself, I eagerly pounced upon their adventures.
While Bink and Gollie are at the state fair, they experience a
"whack-a-duck" game with disastrous (yet friendly) consequences, a
talent show complete with stage fright, and a fortune teller. The
fortune teller chapter is my favorite: it showcases all the best parts
of this team of writers/illustrator. The name of the fortune teller, the
differences in Bink and Gollie, the expressions on the girls' faces.
Here's a short excerpt of the text (wish I knew how to show you a spread
from the book!):
"'Tell Madame Prunely what it is you seek.'" [Prunely--what a GREAT name!]
"'Truth,' said Gollie."
"'Food,' said Bink."
What does Madame Prunely tell them about their future? You'll have to read it to find out!
Reviewed via netgalley; cover image from candlewick