Bink and Gollie Bink and Gollie

author: Kate DiCamillo

illustrator: Tony Fucile

author : Alison McGhee


awards
1. Amazon's Best Children's Books of 2013
2. Garden State Book Award nominee
3. Oprah's Book Club - Kids Reading List
4. Great Lakes' Great Books Award
5. Kentucky Bluegrass Award - Nominee
6. Horn Book Summer Reading List
7. Gryphon Award - Honor
8. About.com Top 10 Illustrated Children's Books
9. Theodor Seuss Geisel Beginning Reader Award
10. ALA Notable Children's Books
11. Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
12. Kirkus Reviews - Best Children's Books of the Year
13. New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
14. Bookpage
15. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner
16. New York Times Book Review 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books
17. Society of Illustrators' Original Art Show
reviews
Kirkus Reviews - Starred review
08/15/2010
circ=10,000
"If James Marshall’s George and Martha were not hippos and were both girls, they would be much like best friends Bink and Gollie. . . . More, please!"
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Los Angeles Times
08/19/2010
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, The
01/01/2011
circ=15,000
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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Booklist
09/15/2010
circ=24,150
"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." Booklist
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Publishers Weekly - Starred review
08/09/2010
circ=19,068
"Think Pippi Longstocking meets The Big Bang Theory."
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School Library Journal
08/01/2010
circ=31,635
"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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Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
10/01/2010
circ=4,000
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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Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
09/22/2010
circ=4,000
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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New York Times Book Review, The
11/07/2010
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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Chicago Tribune
09/11/2010
circ=566,800
"Three quirky stories center on two neighbor girls... Bink and Gollie are both at home with all styles of communication, from print to electronic, from laconic to hyperbolic, in the interests of friendship."
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San Francisco Chronicle
09/26/2010
(CIRC. )
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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Baltimore Sun
09/12/2010
circ=302,000
"Three quirky stories center on two neighbor girls... Bink and Gollie are both at home with all styles of communication, from print to electronic, from laconic to hyperbolic, in the interests of friendship."
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Wall Street Journal
09/18/2010
circ=2,000,000
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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Buffalo News
12/05/2010
circ=273,177
Charming...Amply illustrated with Tony Fucile' exuberant cartoons.
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Columbus Dispatch
09/08/2010
circ=244,000
Two young friends, each strong and full of imagination...Nifty illustrations by Tony Fucile
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Scripps-Howard
02/01/2011
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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Urbanbaby
10/08/2010
blog
Hilarious and peculiar friends...delightful characters.
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100 Scope Notes
09/23/2010
blog
An odd couple for the 21st century, Bink and Gollie will circulate like mad, winning new fans at every stop.
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Fuse #8 Production blog
09/07/2010
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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Cleveland.com
09/23/2010
Local Ohio news, 1.2 million unique vistors per month
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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Washington Examiner
09/26/2010
circ=243,127
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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