Bink & Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile
Oh how I adore these two characters! I was thrilled to see Bink and Gollie returning for a second book. This time the friends head to the state fair. Bink wants to play Whack a Duck but her aim is not as good as she might think. She manages to hit the man running the booth with hysterically funny results. The two girls then head to what Gollie wants to do, which is to enter the talent show. She assures everyone that she has several talents and Bink continues to tell people that, but it doesn’t quite work out like Gollie had expected. Finally, the friends head to the fortune teller’s tent where they are told just what they both want to hear most. The entire book is a laugh-out-loud funny, warm and cozy work that is simply glorious.
I really enjoyed that the different chapters in the book have very different feelings. The first is so wildly funny that I was chortling out loud to myself and had to share it with others in my family. The writing throughout the book is smart, clever and funny. Readers will be able to see the jokes coming, but the writing takes it to a different level. Above all, these two are friends who stand together and celebrate their differences.
Fucile’s art is a huge part of both the humor and the warmth of the book. Throughout the vaudeville humor of the first chapter, I was amazed at how much physical humor could be portrayed on a page. He has his own sense of comic timing that adds so much.
Highly recommended, if you haven’t read Bink & Gollie yet, make sure to try both books. Fans will adore this second in the series and long for the next one immediately. This is a modern children’s classic. Appropriate for ages 4-7.
Reviewed from library copy.