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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Reprint edition (May 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811849090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811849098
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

In this first book in Annie Barrows' bestselling series, young readers will meet Ivy and Bean--a dynamic duo like no other. The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide quick Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charming and addictive introduction to Ivy and Bean. This series is perfect for readers ages 6-9.



From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4–Seven-year-old Bean likes stomping in puddles, climbing fences into neighbors' backyards, and playing tricks on her older sister, Nancy. She wears dresses as seldom as possible and avoids big books. Her new neighbor appears to be a quiet, orderly girl who sits on her front step day after day reading tomes. The two seem to have nothing in common, and Bean is not interested in getting to know Ivy, despite her mother's prodding to make friends with the nice girl next door. Then Bean gets into trouble, and Ivy helps her out. She discovers that Ivy is practicing to be a witch, and when they decide to cast a spell on Nancy, their friendship is sealed. With echoes of Beverly Cleary's Ramona series, this easy chapter book will appeal to children who are graduating from beginning readers. The occasional black-and-white illustrations highlight the text and provide visual clues. The characters are appealing, the friendship is well portrayed, and the pranks and adventures are very much on grade level.–Eve Ottenberg Stone, Cooper Lane Elementary, Landover Hills, MD
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

I could tell you a whole bunch of facts about myself--born here, went to school there, blah blah--but that doesn't seem like much fun. So I've decided to make you guys do some work. If you can figure out these puzzles, you'll know all sorts of interesting things about me. And many of them are true, too.

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.

Have fun!
Annie Barrows




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My daughter really enjoyed reading this book!
K. Dubose
The story was well written with many illustrations and enough adventures, pretend magic, and drama to keep her attention.
Al
I bought this book for my 6 year old daughter and we read it over the next 2 nights.
Jack Smith

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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
It is hard to find books for younger readers that combine silliness, mischief, friendship, authenticity, and common sense. It's even harder to find ones that don't have an undercurrent of hip irony, or, even worse, some odd note of sourness. The Ivy + Bean books manage to hit this sweet spot remarkably well.
Bean is the designated cut-up, but she is usually saved by a good sense of what is fair and allowable. Ivy is supposedely the long suffering "good girl", but she can get carried away by a mischievous streak, that can surprise Bean and the reader. So, we get a much more balanced team of friends than is usually the case, and a lot more opportunity for each character to be more than just a predictable "type".
Additionally, secondary characters, (parents, siblings, teachers, schoolmates), are not just stock figures, but develop actual personalities and contribute to the momentum of the various stories. This adds a lot more depth and variety to the books than one would normally expect.
This book worked as an attention-holding "read to" with our five year old, and drfited into a "read with" and then "read alone". That made it a wonderful transition book to independent reading.
And, remember the bonus - these are nice kids, who can be silly, or grumpy, or careless, but can also be loyal and thoughtful and responsible. Good company, I thought, for my little readers.
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Roren Tarubetto on November 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am the mother of a very kind-hearted 7 year old, and adorable, but pain in the butt to her older sister 4 year-old. I bought this book for my 7 year old because it had some sort of illustration on each page (she was very reluctant to move into chapter books, so I thought one with pictures all through would be a good compromise). I totally agree that the message is not the best if you focus on that aspect of the story, but if you have instilled proper values in your children, reading these stories only introduce them into a fantasy land. My daughter, and I'm not kidding about her being kindhearted, she's very sensitive to other people's feelings, but she really enjoyed this book, and has read it twice in 1 week. I say so long as you instill the right manner of behavior in your children, allowing a little mischief won't kill them. Reading is all about imagination anyway. If they ask why she got away with all the bad stuff, you can tell them the truth - it is a fantasy world, it doesn't work that way in hour house. I still think it's a fun transitional book for kids reluctant to move out of picture books.
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61 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Miriam M. Gueck on January 5, 2008
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To begin with, Bean is rotten to her older sister. Then, when she steals her sister's money, lies about her ankle, runs away, and is rude some more, she ends up being the glorified character because she gets away with it. She wants to be rotten to her sister some more, she and Ivy come up with a plan, they trespass on other people's yards, and they end up getting worms all over Bean's sister. Oh yeah, no dessert, no videos for a week, but her mom thinks it's funny. Ivy is celebrated because she doesn't turn out to be the nice girl Bean thought she would be. The only grown-up character with any common sense is made out to be a meanie just because she is the only one who tells Bean to do what's right.
This is a terrible children's book. Extremely disappointing.
So in summary, Bean is perpetually rude, to her mother and sister, lies, steals, runs away, trespasses, and is applauded for it. Ivy helps her and is another glorified character. Oh, they are cute, and the way they do everything is cute, and that makes it all okay, right?
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nikki S. VINE VOICE on December 24, 2009
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I am a teacher and love reading children's literature. This book was ok, but not something I'd buy for children or put in my classroom library. It was about two girls who don't want to be friends, but circumstance causes an instant attachment between them. That part was cute, but the majority of the book was spent with the girls causing trouble and trying to terrorize one girl's big sister....and while I do think those kind of stories are fun, I always look for the characters to learn something from their mischief or grow in some way, and this book did not do that. It ended with the girls feeling triumphant over what they did, even though one of them got punished for it. There was no regret or realizations, just a promise for more mischief in the next book.
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41 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read this aloud to my 7 year old but won't be reading any more of this series. Based on the cover (a cute picture of two sweet looking girls), I was expecting an innocent story of two little girls. Instead, I was really disappointed in both girls' behavior, their language, and their attitudes.

We'll be sticking with the classic "Betsy, Tacy and Tib" series, as well as the "B is for Betsy" series. Those are the type of books I love to share with my girls and was more what I was looking for in this series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julee Rudolf VINE VOICE on November 29, 2009
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I disliked like this book primarily for one reason: Ivy and Bean are brats. From start to finish the story is of two girls, one shy, one social, that get together only through their shared interest in causing mischief and mayhem. The only reason why I give it three stars (versus the two it deserves) is that my eight-year-old bookworm daughter loved it. Then again, she has a boisterous elder brother...(and thankfully does not yet know the other meaning of the word "dork").

Bernice Blue aka "Bean" is a seven-year-old, raven-haired social butterfly tomboy who initially has no interest in befriending her same-aged red-haired, "nice," girly bookworm neighbor, Ivy (p 8), "...nice, Bean knew, is another word for boring." Based on that, you'll know that Bean is anything but. On a shopping outing with her mom and eleven-year-old sister, Nancy, Bean, upset with her seemingly slow-shopping sibling, calls her a "dork." Near the conclusion of the sisterly altercation, (p 18) "[Bean] thought about kicking [Nancy] in the shin." Later, she takes a twenty-dollar bill from her sister's purse, attaches it to a string, and lies in wait to trick her. About to be caught, Ivy steps in to hide the conniver. After making Ivy's robe more witchy and beautifying her wand, the two inexplicably travel through back yards (requiring the scaling of fences, the dodging of doggy doo doo and trespassing through Mrs. Trantz' gardened yard in defiance of her wishes, in spite of the fact that a map on page 74 and 75 shows that they might have more easily traveled by sidewalk) in search of worms required for a dancing spell they intend to cast on Nancy. They gather the worms and create a messy pit, then spy a distraught-looking Nancy through the window.
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