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Bound to Be Bad (Ivy and Bean, Book 5) Paperback – April 22, 2009
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1. I was born in a year with a 2 in it. Also a 6.
2. I was born in a city in California that begins with an S and has eight letters total.
3. The first time I moved, I couldn't move.
4. My best friend lived next door, had four older brothers and sisters, and a name that rhymes with Gabe. She had thirty-seven plastic horses and one real horse.
5. My first job was in a place with lots of books. My second job was in a place with lots of sugar. My third job was in a different place with lots of books.
6. I went to college in a town with a K in it and I studied a subject that ends in Y.
7. After I was done with college, I got a job. And then another one. And then there was one after that. Don't worry about it.
8. One of the following things is not true: I have been up in a hot air balloon. I have six toes on one of my feet. I can read palms.
9. I have written fifteen books under three different names. See if you can figure out what they are.
10. I have two pets. They are bigger than a bar of soap and smaller than a shoe, and they really like parsley.
Top Customer Reviews
I can't wait to see if we will learn more about Ivy & Bean.
This is the 6th book in the series that we've read. My daughter would easily give all Ivy + Bean books 5 stars, so I was surprised when she finished this book and announced, "2 stars!" She later upgraded it to 4 stars, saying she did like reading the book, and still wants to read more. When I asked why she didn't like this book as much as the others, she said, "Because they were just so bad!"
Ironically, I was somehow less bothered by the bad behavior in this book than in other Ivy + Bean books because in this case, the context showed that the kids clearly understood that they were behaving badly. They chose to behave badly, which means they understood that bad behavior resulted from bad decisions. (In other Ivy + Bean books, bad behavior comes across as just "regular behavior", and consequences are rare.) I actually liked the tone set by the opening chapters, in which Bean's bad behavior was explicitly presented as "bad", and she finally faced clear consequences for her actions.
Most of the bad behavior in this book did not involve mistreating others, but when it did, I was on the one hand gratified that Ivy and Bean did not get away with their meanness (finally!), but on the other hand disappointed that the other kids returned meanness with more meanness (even if it was kind of funny).Read more ›
Ivy and Bean are friends. Good friends. Being a friend and having a friend is an important thing, and appeals to my reader.
Ivy and Bean have very different personalities. It's not a good girl/bad girl deal. Kids who generally behave well but sometimes mess up are also appealing, and identifiable.
Most Ivy and Bean adventures arise from goofy stuff that pops into their heads, (ghosts, finding fossils, and so on). Well, my girl can't actually do magic either, but she understands pretending really hard.
It's not a lot of fancy princess stuff. That was fine, but we're moving away from that. (But there is a lot of dressing-up from the dress-up box; and that's fine.)
The parents are loving and supportive. That is a great comfort, and I simply do not understand kids' light entertainment, (as opposed to "problem"), books that feature idiot, distant, or absent parents.
Everything is fueled by their imagination, which, apart from building reading skills, seems like it should be the point of these types of books.
So, dive in anywhere, the books don't have to be read in order, and just have a nice reading experience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
On time delivery. My grand daughters love the Ivy & Bean books. I got the whole series and read them with the grand kids. I like them too.Published 2 months ago by Charles Chuck
My 7 year old loves this series. She can't get enough of Ivy and Bean.Published 6 months ago by BecMac2015
Didn't care for book 5. I like all of the others in the series, though.Published 7 months ago by RocknRosie
Because it was good and great·
It is good to read this book during a cloudy day.
It is cool to talk about it and we were talking about it and we were talking about it and... Read more
I like this book because Ivy and Bean try new things and work together. I recommend this book.
Ivy and bean is a great series. They are spunky, funny and laughable. I recommend it to everyone. That is my favorite series to read. It is a great book I love it.Published 8 months ago by Paris Magee