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Author: Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

Illustrator: Tony Fucile

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Publisher: Candlewick Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Bink and Gollie are incomparable friends. They like pancakes and roller skating. Bink like's bright socks, marvelous fish, and Gollie's pancakes, Gollie likes Bink just as she is - without the socks or the fish - except when she interrupts Gollie's adventures to far-flung places. How can these two really be friends? This is an early reader chapter book about two friends (who could be sisters!)

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 2.5

Age of Child: Read by a nine-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: The illustrations grabbed my daughter. She loved the starkness of everything but one little thing that is central to that story.

Adult Reader Reaction: This was so fun to share. Bink just tugs at my heart. The exchanges and styles give me the sense that the girls are more like sisters than friends (except that they call each other on the phone). I like the idea that older kids can have younger friends and vice versa. The imaginary journey to the Andes was great!

Pros: Incredible, evocative illustrations make these three short stories shine. Young readers will listen attentively and new readers will devour every word.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a wonderful book to have when you've got two girls of different ages in the house. It is a good reminder to the older child that friendship is important, and the younger child will love the imaginative elements (fish at the movies, going to the Andes).


Educational Themes: These stories present themes of friendship, compromise, compassion, and imagination. You can stretch them into discussions, but they are fun "just because."

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up an advance review copy of this book at the American Library Association annual conference. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - friendship, graphic novel, short stories

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2010

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