Bink and Gollie Bink and Gollie

awards
1. ALA Notable Children's Videos
2. ALA Notable Children's Recordings
3. TDMonthly Top Toy: Seal of Approval
4. Garden State Children's Book Award Nominee
5. Oprah’s Book Club Kids Reading List selection
6. Monarch Award Master List
7. Great Lakes Great Books Award
8. The Horn Book Summer Reading List
9. Bluegrass Award (Kentucky)
10. Gryphon Award Honor Book
11. About.com Top 10 Illustrated Kid's Books
12. ALA (American Library Association) Notable Children's Books
13. Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner
14. McClatchy Newspapers Best Books of the Year
15. Bookpage Best Children's Books of the Year
16. New York Public Library: 100 Books for Reading and Sharing
17. Kiddos Awards
18. Goodreads Choice Awards
19. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner
20. Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
21. Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books
22. A New York Times Bestseller
23. An ABA Indie Bestseller
24. Society of Illustrators Original Art Show
25. Kids Indie Next List
26. IndieBound Kids's Next List
reviews
School Library Journal
08/19/2010
School Library Journal
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.
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Booklist
10/01/2010
Booklist
Reality is gleefully suspended here...appealingly oddball elements (roller skates, pancakes, rainbow socks)...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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Wall Street Journal
11/17/2010
Wall Street Journal
An effervescent and endearingly quirky chapter book by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee....Both writers are known for their amusing and sometimes arch narrative style, and here, in three short chapter-stories, they give us two girls who delight and vex each other in equal parts....Tony Fucile's illustrations of the girls are comic and full of zip.
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San Francisco Chronicle
11/22/2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Three zippy chapters, they learn about compromise, individual quest and shared experience, and jealousy. Splashy drawings, mostly in black and white, further infuse energy, humor and honest feeling.
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Buffalo News
01/19/2011
Buffalo News
Charming...Amply illustrated with Tony Fucile’ exuberant cartoons.
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Publishers Weekly (starred review)
08/25/2010
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Gollie is reed thin, geeky, and archly judgmental; Bink is petite and down to earth...The plots serve mostly as a framework for DiCamillo and McGhee's sharp, distinctly, 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.
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Seven Impossible Things blog
10/01/2010
Seven Impossible Things blog
We had to put the book down and just laugh uncontrollably on more than one occasion. I think it's safe to say we were giving each other looks that said: Could this perfect little creation be FOR REAL? Could it be any funnier?
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Los Angeles Times
11/17/2010
Los Angeles Times
An especially overt love letter to friendship...One of those books that doesn’t fit neatly into any category....But wouldn’t you be proud if you spied your 6-year-old daughter rehearsing such lines as ‘Bink: I implore you, do not knock.’ Indeed you would....Who says simple words must come first to readers?....Love of language is one of the tried-and-true ways into the reading life.
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Horn Book
01/19/2011
Horn Book
Entirely successful in portraying the bumps in the road and bruised feelings that can come with friendship. The rewards, though, are also apparent...Fucile’s unfussy digital illustrations with lots of white space perfectly highlight this odd couple’s particularities.
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The New York Times Book Review
01/11/2011
The New York Times Book Review
Oh, happiness! Move over Pippi Longstocking!...Bink and Gollie...join the ranks of George and Martha, Frog and Toad, Zelda and Ivy, and all the other resilient pairs that celebrate the challenges and strengths of a great friendship
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Scripps-Howard (syndicated column)
03/28/2011
Scripps-Howard (syndicated column)
Expressive illustrations by Tony Fucile provide lots of comic relief as the two friends grapple with issues like compromise and the need for personal space.
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Washington Examiner
11/22/2010
Washington Examiner
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.
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100 Scope Notes
11/22/2010
100 Scope Notes
An odd couple for the 21st century, Bink and Gollie will circulate like mad, winning new fans at every stop.
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Oprah.com
08/09/2012
Oprah.com
Featured/recommended on Oprah's 2012 Kids Reading List
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Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books
11/17/2010
Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books
The authors demonstrate a pleasing ear for rhythm in just about everybody’s dialogue. Fucile’s illustrations give the girls their real presence: bouncing, soaring lines have a tousled cartoonish vigor that dominates every spread...With appeal both for reading aloud and alone, this might make an entertaining title for sophomore readers to share with younger kids, and they’ll relish teasing their tongues with Gollie’s vocabulary.
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UrbanBaby Daily Picks
12/15/2010
UrbanBaby Daily Picks
Hilarious and peculiar friends...delightful characters.
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Cleveland.com
11/22/2010
Cleveland.com
Excellent writing, good storytelling and top-notch digital art introduce two girls who bring Ramona and Pippi to mind. Headstrong but lovable Bink and opinionated but loyal Gollie are best friends -- most of the time anyway -- who enjoy each other and understand the importance of friendship.
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FUSE #8 Production (SLJ Blog)
10/01/2010
FUSE #8 Production (SLJ Blog)
It really is the best thing ever. And what’s more, it’s a book like nothing else you’ve ever seen. Nothing. Ever. Seen. Trust me on this one. I see a lot of books.
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