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Anyone but Ivy Pocket Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 21, 2015
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Gr 4–6—Twelve-year-old orphan maid Ivy Pocket is the unlikely (and deliberately unlikable) heroine embroiled in this quirky, supernatural mystery. The story begins when she is fired for submerging her employer's head in a bowl of fruit punch to cure her "brain fever." With only a single pound in her pocket, Ivy soon accepts a high-paying mission from a strange duchess—she must travel across the sea to deliver a necklace to a spoiled heiress. The necklace possesses magical powers and is highly sought after, putting Ivy through a series of madcap catastrophes. Her impulsivity and delusional hubris lead her to make one regrettable decision after the next. Ivy is superficial, judgmental, and rude; mature readers who are able to avoid taking her literally will appreciate the humor and Krisp's ironic tone. The Victorian English setting is conspicuously old-fashioned, but Krisp's sharp, fresh dialogue and the action-packed illustrations keep the story light and funny. VERDICT Fans of the irony, mild violence, and conspiracies found in Lemony Snickett's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (HarperCollins) will love Ivy Pocket's zany adventures.—Anna Murphy, Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, NY
“Krisp’s sharp, fresh dialogue and the action-packed illustrations keep the story light and funny. Fans of . . . Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ will love Ivy Pocket’s zany adventures.”—School Library Journal (School Library Journal)
“[Readers] will enjoy the ride, transported by Ivy’s amusing narration and Cantini’s expressive, stylized drawings . . . A droll chapter book with a Victorian setting and a one-of-a-kind protagonist.” (ALA Booklist)
“Ivy is hilarious.” (Kirkus)
“There’s reward here in the period backdrop (Ivy begins in Paris, where her mistress disappears, and then returns to England) and in the Snickety self-awareness . . . A plucky orphan who’s too big for her britches, and . . . ghosts, visions, and other supernatural elements.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
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Ivy Pocket is a twelve year old who works as a lady's maid. No matter her own opinion about herself, her employer, Countess Carbunkle dumps her in Paris as she just could not take any more of what Ivy had to offer. Stranded in the city with no money and no place to go, Ivy tries her best to gain employment. But when her attempt at getting a job at a hotel fails, she is approached by a boy. Ivy meets Duchess of Trinity for a job prospect. She is expected to follow precise instructions about getting a necklace to England and delivering it to Matilda Butterfield. With no other options at hand, Ivy accepts the job that will fetch her £500 and a fresh start at life. From there on Ivy’s adventure takes off as she discovers that the Clock Diamond has some special qualities and her growing attachment to it.
Ivy is a hilarious character to follow. He has very high opinion about herself that is almost to the point of being conceited. She thinks of herself as this larger than life persona who can deal with anything and has a solution for everything. She continuously refuses to conform She can be dense, irritating and free with insults. But her loud character is just a cover though, for the young orphaned girl who longs for her parents and a loving home. I loved the author’s style of narration and the fact that the language is simple enough for the kids this book is meant for. But what I loved the most was the author’s sense of humor that could almost be called twisted at times yet I laughed all the way through.