Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee
  

Bink and Gollie

Written by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee
Illustrated by Tony Fucile
Part of the Bink and Gollie Series

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A World Book Day 'Recommended Read' for 2011

With deliciously spare text and delightful cartoons, the way friends Bink and Gollie, two very different girls both with very strong views(!), manage to be supportive of each other and also to give each other space to do their own thing is wonderfully entertaining. Three hugely entertaining separate stories tell how Bink and Gollie learn to comprise, have adventures and eat a lot of pancakes!

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Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee

Meet Bink and Gollie: two precocious little girls - one tiny, one tall, and both irrepressibly funny. Setting out from their shared super-deluxe tree house and powered by plenty of peanut butter (for Bink) and pancakes (for Gollie), they share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvellous companion. No matter where their roller-skates take them, at the end of the day they will always be the very best of friends.

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An exceptional book for early readers featuring two young friends and their adventures -- Sarah Webb Irish Independent With deliciously spare text and delightful cartoons ... wonderfully entertaining. Lovereading4kids.co.uk Oh, happiness! Move over Pippi Longstocking! ... Bink and Gollie ... celebrate the challenges and strengths of a great friendship New York Times Book Review There's something about this book that utterly defies any and all expectations. You'd have to have a heart of stone not to be hypnotized by the sheer charm of these stories. School Library Journal Funny, thought-provoking, and a joy to read Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews An effervescent and endearingly quirky chapter book Wall Street Journal Think Pippi Longstocking meets The Big Bang Theory Publishers Weekly A World Book Day Recommended Read for 2011 World Book Day

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee

Kate DiCamillo: As a child

Kate was often ill as a child. She says, “You name it, I got it. Pneumonia, impetigo, pink eye, scarlet fever, mumps, measles, chicken pox. And because I got it, I missed a lot of school and spent a lot of time at home by myself. I am grateful for all that illness. Because I was alone for so much of the day, I learnt to entertain myself. I lived in my imagination. And I lived in books. For a writer, it was an excellent beginning.”

As an adult:

Kate studied English at the University of Florida, and then worked on a whole series of very different jobs. She says, “I worked at Walt Disney World (telling people to watch their step), I sold tickets at Circus World (I did not have to dress like a clown), I called bingo at a campground, and grew plants in a greenhouse. I cleaned bathrooms (I wasn’t very good at it) and sold advertising (I was even worse at that).” But all the while Kate she knew that what she really wanted to do was write.

As a writer:

When Kate was almost thirty years old, she had what she calls “a small epiphany: if I wanted to tell stories, I was going to have to do the hard work of sitting down and writing them. I started to write. For six years I wrote and wrote and wrote. And most of what I wrote was bad. But here is the beautiful thing about doing something every day; you are bound to get better. And this is true, even for someone as dense as me.” When Kate was thirty-five years old, she sold her first short story, This is Me, Lona Bretweiser, Leaving the Amusement Park of Love. That same year, she sold her first novel, Because of Winn-Dixie. “Now,” Kate says, “I feel as if I have been extraordinarily blessed; I tell stories for a living.” Kate's The Tale of Despereaux won the prestigious Newbery Medal in 2004.

Things you didn't know about Kate DiCamillo

1. She doesn’t know how to cook.
2. She refuses to learn how to cook.
3. She loves to eat.
4. She is an aunt to a dog named Henry. He is not a good dog.
5. She is a 'neat freak'.
6. Her favourite movie is Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
7. She wanted to be a vet when she grew up.
8. She has never grown up.
9. She used to dress up her poodle, Nanette, as a disco dancer.
10. When unobserved, she likes to dress the aforementioned Henry up in strange outfits.

Alison McGhee (pictured)

Alison McGhee is a professor of creative writing at Metropolitan State University, where she co-ordinates the creative writing program. She also teaches in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children program at Vermont College. The author lives in Minneapolis, USA with her three children.

With three critically acclaimed adult novels under her belt, Alison was ready to turn her attention to the world of children’s literature. “First I wrote a picture book, which took me years and nearly unhinged me, because it was so difficult to do well,” says the adventurous author. “Then the idea of writing a children’s novel appealed to me.” The result was Snap, a gracefully told story about a sensitive girl who comes to terms with loss – and learns something about lasting ties. Of her inspiration for Snap, Alison says, “Recently I went through a rubber band phase, in which I wore several on my wrist at all times and snapped them in an effort to retrain myself out of a couple of bad habits. Sadly, the bad habits remained, but happily, Snap was born.”

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Format

Hardback
96 pages
Interest Age: From 5

Author

Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee
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Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

6th September 2010

ISBN

9781406329681

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