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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811865843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811865845
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–3—Ivy and Bean, "BFFs," are back in a new adventure. Bean is upset when her parents decide that Nancy, her 11-year-old sister, will be her babysitter for the afternoon, so she flags down Ivy with a T-shirt with SOS on it from her bedroom window. Together they find a way to get into the attic without Nancy finding out, but get locked in. All ends well with Ivy and Bean blackmailing Nancy to keep quiet about her trying their mother's makeup. Bean is a typical little sister with a big imagination. The story line and antics of the characters resemble Sara Pennypacker's "Clementine" series (Hyperion). The frequent black-and-white Chinese ink illustrations capture the mood and carefree attitude of the story well. Early chapter-book readers will enjoy this installment in this lighthearted series.—Krista Tokarz, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH
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KIRKUS REVIEWS, STARRED REVIEW
This fourth adventure of the pint-size duo with supersize imaginations is the strongest to date....Portrayed with clear-eyed affection and humor, Ivy and Bean are irresistible. Readers will look forward to the next installment of this series that celebrates the joys and thrills of friendship, unrestricted play and unfettered imagination.

THE HORN BOOK
Text and illustrations in this entry are as fine a match as Ivy and Bean, each offering different strengths that support each other infinitely well.


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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Just So on April 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
My 3rd grade daughter doesn't love to read, but she really got into Ivy & Bean.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
My six-year-old daughter loves to read and has recently started reading chapter books. Once she got over her obsession with the Junie B. Jones series, I managed to get her interested in the Cam Jansen series of books and then I discovered the Ivy and Bean series. My daughter loves the central characters, Bean and her best friend Ivy. The girls are precocious, intelligent, and always up to some adventure (or misadventure, depending on how one looks at it!). These traits appeal to my daughter as she is quite the adventurer herself, and the chapters are relatively short, which makes it easy for her to read independently. The books average about 120 pages, and she manages to read up to 40 pages per sitting (around 45 minutes).

What I found to be fascinating was that the plot for each story is so well-written and developed that my daughter could not stop once she started reading! I usually sit with her and supervise her reading, helping out with some difficult words, and she gets so involved with the story that she just keeps on reading. This to me is the mark of a good book, one that entices a young reader to keep reading. The language is not dumbed down, on the contrary, there are some challenging words which I help my daughter with (pronunciation and definition, if necessary).

The black and white illustrations by Sophie Blacksall that appear in each chapter add to the appeal of these books. In the fourth installment in the Ivy and Bean series, Bean is horrified when her parents decide to allow Nancy, Bean's older sister (and nemesis) to babysit Bean while her parents attend a play.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan E. Burris on December 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Ivy and Bean series ranks up there with the Ramona books. We absolutely love them. Good stories with appropriate for elementary school aged girls. The characters are distinct and lovable. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thinking Out Loud on February 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
*** Warning: This review contains spoilers! ***

First, some context for my review: My 7-year-old daughter LOVES Ivy + Bean, and she devours each book in a single sitting. I, however, am not too fond of the misbehavior depicted in the series, but I am reading the books so that I can remind my daughter, when necessary, "This makes for a good story, but you KNOW you can't do that in real life, right?"

In this installment, the girls do not engage in any mean or disrespectful behavior (as they do in Books 1 and 2), but they do ignore safety, which is troubling.

I was pleased to see that in this book, Bean's behavior is more measured, and sometimes is even chastised. Bean decides not to throw a rock at her sister because "she knew better than that." Before playing with the mound of dirt in her friend's yard, she first seeks permission from the babysitter. When she's rude to her mother, her mother admonishes her; when she says "God" in front of Nancy, Nancy tells her not to say it. I like the tone set by this book much better than the first 2, in which misbehavior goes mostly unpunished.

Unfortunately, there is still some of the inappropriateness that is found in the earlier books. Ivy talks about making a "sacrifice to the gods", and I can just imagine that there might be some parents out there who aren't ready to explain that phrase to their first-graders. Also, Bean makes a plan to climb out of her second-story bedroom window with a rope ladder. Thankfully, she is unable to procure a rope, but it's never pointed out that it was a dangerous idea to begin with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Kaye on May 15, 2012
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This was a pick for my daughters book club. It was a quick fun read and she enjoyed it. I was a bit concerned that it showed the kids doing some dangerous and destructive things, but not any serious consequences. In the end I think reading the books is fine as long as an adult points out the dangers involved in doing the things depicted in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
My granddaughter, who is just starting chapter books, likes to read these books and/or have them read along to her. Why?
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.
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