I’m finally back with a review of the second collaboration between Kate Di Camillo and Alison McGhee and the fabulous illustrations of Tony Fucile – Bink and Gollie: Two For One.
As with the first, Bink and Gollie have this amazing friendship that is solidified with each story.
Right off the top, they start with Whack a Duck, which is such a laugh out loud story. Think Tom and Jerry or Pink Panther. Bink and Gollie decide to go to the State Fair. How could they not when signs were literally everywhere to make sure they made the right decision. ;0) Once inside, Bink is convinced she can win the World’s largest donut by the salesman at the Whack a Duck booth. Gollie has her doubts, but supports her friend. In the end, Bink proves she has amazing aim! She manages to Whack the salesman silly. :0). She ends by buying three bags of mini donuts to share with the salesman and Gollie.
Next, Bink and Gollie see a sign for a talent show. Gollie says that she would love to enter. Bink makes sure to inform Gollie that she will be on stage in front of an audience. But Gollie seems determined, so Bink says, “All righty then.” After the acts put forth by the pickle juggler and the operatic lady in red with cat, Gollie finally has her shot. Which turns out not to be the best time for stage fright. The only thing to be done is to visit the livestock barn and sing a great rendition of Old McDonald. Now that’s a talent show. ;0)
Finally, with both Bink and Gollie feeling blue, they visit Madame Prunely’s. She looks into her crystal ball and makes the most obvious of observation. It turns out, though, that that’s all Bink and Gollie really needed. “Are [the two friends] together?” “That’s all the future I need to know, ” Bink says and with that, she and Gollie are off, Bink with her I lost at Whack a Duck sticker and Gollie with her I participated in the Amateur Talent Show button.
Once again, we are taken along on this great road of friendship, one that is steadfast through the ups and downs, successes and failures. As with the first book in the series, I found myself laughing out loud and greatly enjoying the awesome subtext of the illustrations. And I am still in wonder of these two girls who are seemingly without parents and yet have money and are entirely self sufficient,save for their friendship. I now know that I must buy this series; it is truly wonderful.