Bink is a short, wild-haired, peanut butter loving, crazy sock wearing, inquisitive, downstairs neighbor who enjoys eating pancakes.
Gollie is a tall, sensible-haired, lemonade loving, black sock wearing, adventurous, upstairs neighbor who enjoys making pancakes.
They’re perfect for each other.
Bink and Gollie’s first book is just three short stories. In Don’t You Need a New Pair of Socks, these two seemingly opposite friends go roller skating to Eccles’ Empire of Enchantment where Bink gets a new pair of crazy socks. Gollie says, “The brightness of those socks pains me. I beg you not to purchase them,” but Bink can’t wait to put them on. When Gollie’s dislike of Bink’s new socks conflicts with Bink’s desire for Gollie’s pancakes, Gollie suggests, “Perhaps a compromise is in order, Bink.” That’s what friends do.
In P.S. I’ll Be Back Soon, Gollie goes on an adventure to the
Andes Mountains in . She posts a sign on her door announcing her absence. Bink knocks anyway. Gollie, halfway up a steep incline yet curiously still on the other side of her door, tells Bink she cannot be disturbed. Bink returns repeatedly, ignoring the signs on Gollie’s door. One reads, “To Whom it may concern: Further interruptions will NOT be tolerated.” When Gollie finally achieves her mountain climbing goal, Bink is able to join her on the mountain peak. Chile
In Give a Fish a Home, Bink and Gollie realize the depth of their friendship when a goldfish named Fred threatens to come between them.
I thoroughly enjoyed Bink & Gollie, and judging from the laughter, so did the students and classroom teacher who listened to my read aloud. I was nervous that the second and third graders wouldn’t really get it. Would they understand what Gollie means when she says, “I long for speed.”? Would they know what Eccles’ Empire of Enchantment was? Would they catch that Gollie’s mountaintop adventure was imaginary? Would the students recognize Golllie’s feelings when she says, “Furthermore, that fish is incapable of being a marvelous companion.”?
But I realized it didn’t matter. Some got it, some didn’t, but everyone enjoyed the story. If kids don’t understand “I long for speed,” they still see that Bink and Gollie are roller skating on the next page. Even if kids would sooner recognize Wal-Mart than Eccles’ Empire of Enchantment, Bink still purchases outrageous socks inside.