Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bink & Gollie

by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2010.

This is the story of two friends, Bink and Gollie. Each of them are quite individual, and they don't always agree, but in the end what matters most is their friendship and what they have in common.

Though not a picture book, the story is told as much through illustrations as the wordsm which are primarily used to convey the characters' speech. The illustrations are simple but convey emotion brilliantly. I like how individual Bink and Gollie are in both looks and temperament, and I like the way the sort of disagreements that friends have is conveyed in a realistic way without coming across as patronizing to the children for whom these spats are very real and very important.

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