Posts tagged ‘getting along’
When we first meet Gil Goodson, he’s rushing for a ticket of entry into the annual Golly Toy & Game Company’s Gollywhopper Games. Gil wants to win the prize money so his family can move away from the corporate scandal in which his father was embroiled and then exonerated. Gil battles the clock, his team mates and his arch-nemesis, Rocky – can he win the glory and the fortune? Full of word puzzles, code-breakers and riddles, you’ll be a part of the race too! The Gollywhopper Games is fast, brain bending fun.
Things parents and teachers might want to know: The content is suitable for anyone able to read it. Black and white sketches illustrate the story sporadically. Problem-solving features, both superficial and personal; Gil’s Dad is found innocent of his white-collar crime, but that doesn’t stop his peers bullying him about it or tarring him with guilt. Gil gains resilience and courage by focusing on the contest, befriending his teammates and avoiding retaliation. With its televised contest setting, you’ll feel like you’re reading a G-rated version of The Hunger Games, complete with a soft landing.
What a team Kate DiCamillo and Tony Fucile and Alison McGhee. Brilliant for those first readers. Short stories, vibrant illustrations and fun. Bink and Gollie are the best of friends but only agree on wearing roller skates and nothing else! So, guess what? They have to compromise.