Bink and Gollie: Best Friends Forever

by Kate DiCamillo

Hardcover, 2013



Local notes




Candlewick (2013), 79 pages


Bink and Gollie's friendship remains strong, even in the face of Gollie's "royal blood," Bink's Stretch-O-Matic machine, and the pursuit of a world record.

Original language


Physical description

79 p.; 6.75 inches


0763634972 / 9780763634971



User reviews

LibraryThing member memre
Gollie is quite sure she has royal blood in her veins, but can Bink survive her friend’s queenly airs — especially if pancakes are not part of the deal? Bink wonders what it would be like to be as tall as her friend, but how far will she stretch her luck to find out? And when Bink and Gollie long to get their picture into a book of record holders, where will they find the kudos they seek?

Person Reaction:
Not only are the characters delightful, but they are genuine and not afraid to be themselves. In this, Gollie and Bink face some interesting dilemmas. And Bink decides that she isn't sure about being friend.

Classroom extension:
1. In classroom, I believe girls 6-9 would love this book. I think the girls will be impressed from the authors style of writing as it is a funny intelligent way to keep them reading and imaginative yet educational.
2. In addition, to teach the girls the meaning of friendship and to relate to these girls.
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LibraryThing member sriemann
I could read these all day - they're like petit fours: sweet, aesthetically pleasing, and finished too soon.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Best friends Bink and Gollie, two young girls with very different personalities and approaches to life, return in this third and final collection of stories devoted to their doings. In the initial selection, Gollie decides that she is descended from royalty, and spends a day being a queen, only to discover that friendship and a warm house to shelter in during the rain is preferable to imagined glory. In the second tale, Bink decides that she wants to be as tall as Gollie, and attempts to do something about it, with predictably disastrous results. In the third and final story, Bink and Gollie try to come up with something that they can collect, in order to get their names in Flicker's Arcana of the Extraordinary.

Like its two predecessors, Bink & Gollie and Bink & Gollie: Two for One, I found Bink & Gollie: Best Friends Forever an entertaining read, appreciating the way in which these two friends manage to balance their different interests and approaches to life. Although they sometimes puzzle, and even annoy one another, the underlying affection they feel always wins out. I was reminded of Arnold Lobel's marvelous Frog and Toad books, which is high praise indeed. The artwork by Tony Fucile adds to the fun, emphasizing the humor in Bink and Gollie's exchanges. Recommended to beginning chapter-book readers who enjoy humorous tales.
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