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Bink & Gollie

Bink & Gollie
Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
Candlewick Press
Publish date: 2010-09-14
Review date: 07/01/2011


 Kate DiCamillo, author of the award winning novels Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tales of Despereaux has joined award winning picture book and adult fiction author Alison McGhee to create Bink & Gollie, a new series of fun stories for emerging readers.


Bink is a small scruffy-headed, yellow haired girl with an affinity for flashy socks and a to-the-point manner of speaking, while Gollie(naturally) is the complete opposite. With a tall wiry stature and a red bow carefully placed in her brown bob, Gollie leads the way as these two best friends meander along through three short stories.

One of the many wonders of this new series, which hooked my own daughter and me instantly, is the fact that Bink & Gollie each live in their own separate homes - alone. Bink’s is a ramshackle modest home at the base of the tree that Gollie’s tall, modern home dwells within the canopy.  The two are joined by a winding row of steps  nailed into the trunk of the tree. Bink climbs the stairs to find her way to Gollie’s door with all sorts of offerings, funny questions, and ideas for adventure.

By giving Bink & Gollie total independence, the authors afford the girls a unique level of freedom, whicl allows for the safe exploration into the child’s vast imagination. 

Throughout Bink & Gollie’s adventures, the girls together show great skill in the art of communication and compromise.  The two best friends have many differences that often propel the stories forward. Yet, they always seem to find their way back to the central theme, which is the importance of each other and maintaining the friendship, while always remaining true to one’s own character. 

Tony Fucile is the illustrator of Bink & Gollie, and has spent most of   his career  as a  character animator working on such films as The Lion King, The Incredibles, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Tony Fucile has recently published his first book for children called Let’s Do Nothing.