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Bink and Gollie

Bink and Gollie

Kate DiCamillo , Alison McGhee
Illustrator:  Tony Fucile 
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 8
Candlewick Press, 2010   ISBN: 978-0763632663

Bink and Gollie are next-door neighbors who are also great friends. Most of the time they are anyway. There are times when they have a difference of opinion that causes problems. For example, there is the day when Bink sees some incredibly colorful socks in a store. Gollie thinks are the socks are dreadful. “The brightness of those socks pains me,” Gollie says. Bink doesn’t care what Gollie thinks of the socks, she buys them anyway.

Later, back at home, Bink wonders if Gollie might make pancakes. Gollie is open to the idea, if Bink will take off her “outrageous socks.” This is not a compromise that Bink is willing to consider, and she stomps off in a huff. The problem is that neither Bink nor Gollie are happy. Pancakes that are not shared simply don’t taste the same, and socks that don’t get seen, just don’t feel right. Will the friends find a way to come to some sort of “compromise bonanza.”

This delightful book explores the ways in which two friends overcome their differences. With loveable characters and memorable illustrations, the authors and illustrator of this book give us three charming stories that are funny, thought-provoking, and a joy to read.