Bink & Gollie: Two For One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

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Our students are only a few days into their summer vacations, but I’m somewhat tempted to call a few 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders back for a special session. These young fans of Bink & Gollie have to see the second installment of this wonderful new series of early readers: Bink & Gollie: Two For One. The two friends are opposites in almost every way. Gollie is tall. Bink is short. Gollie is hesitant. Bink is bold. They are both such likable characters that when I closed the book, I wondered what each girl would be like when they reached high school. If nothing else, I was certain they would remain best friends.

The illustrations by Tony Fucile are cheerful and touching. The last two page spread of the state fair made my throat catch a bit. It felt fleeting – like summer, childhood and state fairs.

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