Bink and Gollie

by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Of course, another gem from DiCamillo and McGhee (though as far as I know their first collaboration), and of course it’s from Candlewick Press. Nearly every really outstanding children’s book comes from there, it seems. Anyone who’s read this book knows that it takes about 5 minutes (being a graphic novel aimed at ages 6-9, and all), which will make it even funnier to you that I had to renew it. It sat in my drawer at work for so long because I was busy working on Honus and Me (review coming soon). But I finally buckled down and was sweetly rewarded. Bink and Gollie are best friends (the gender of Bink, age of both, and their exact relationship, were unclear to me until I read Powell’s summary) who have very offbeat personalities and speak very formally, in a way that is unusual for kids and makes the dialogue hilarious – much funnier than if the plot line contained regular dialogue.

I do wonder about the formal and advanced language, whether most 6-to-9-year-olds would really follow it. I’m planning to give it to my 7-year-old cousin and see what she thinks 🙂 Anyone else have comments?

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