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Bink and Gollie February 14, 2011

Filed under: Beginning Readers and Poetry — akibird @ 12:56 pm
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Bink and GollieBink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee and illustrated by Tony Fucile (2010)

Beginning Reader, 81 pages

As opposites in almost every way, friends Bink and Gollie share their comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, imaginary mountainous journeys, and homeless fish in their tales of compromise, understanding, and “marvelous companion[ship].” Kids of all ages will laugh at Fucile’s well planned artistic composition that utilizes sparse black and white backgrounds, playful font, and brightly colored and quirky characters in action. As a small chapter book for beginning readers, Bink and Gollie will make little ones feel like big kids tackling the three vignettes with their sometimes more advanced language, yet the illustrations and textual repetitions will help contextualize any new vocabulary. DiCamillo and McGhee’s creative writing style is sure to be a success at story time at home, school, and the library!

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