Author: Kate DiCamillo (Author), Alison McGhee (Author), Tony Fucile (Illustrator)
Themes: Excellent Read-Aloud, Friendship, Humor
Published: 2012, 96 pages
'Sweet' book summary:
Reviewer: Melissa Y.
Bink & Gollie are back! These two best friends are true opposites. Di Camillo and McGhee have really outdone themselves here. The conversation is utterly sparkling between the two title characters and the illustrations are priceless.
In this second volume of Bink and Gollie's adventures, the girls attend the state fair: let the adventure begin!
Beyond the sheer hilarity of these stories is a model of a really nice and supportive friendship. Bink and Gollie are really different, they even look different, but they couldn't be better friends to each other. This model friendship, embedded in such an entertaining story, is perfect for young readers as they navigate friendships and social situations of their own. I especially appreciate the subtlety of the message. We don't have to hit our kids over the head with "lessons" every time they read, but when it happens naturally, it's just exquisite.
While this is in short-story format, this book has more of a story arc than the first volume, Bink & Gollie, which makes this volume even more versatile for the beginning reader. A new reader can read just one story and put it down; a more experienced reader can read it as an early chapter book. Either way, children (and adults!) shouldn't miss this fabulous and entertaining book!