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Ivy and Bean Super special Collection (Books 1-8) (Ivy Bean) Hardcover – Box set, November 22, 2011

4.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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About the Author

Annie Barrows is the author of many books for adults, including the bestselling The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but Ivy and Bean is her first series for kids. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.

Sophie Blackall is an Australian illustrator whose previous books include Ruby's Wish and Meet Wild Boars. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Series: Ivy + Bean
  • Hardcover: 1096 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452110522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452110523
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on November 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Ivy and Bean series of books will appeal to girls ages 6-9. 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!). The chapters are relatively short, which make it easy for her to read independently. The books average about 100-120 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. This boxed set contains books 1-8, and focuses on the friendship and adventures of two seven-year-old girls Ivy and Bean who live in the same neighborhood. Initially, Bean (who has short dark hair) does not care to play with Ivy (who has red hair), but an unusual 'meeting' results in the beginning of a lovely and fun friendship!

The second book, Ivy and Bean And the Ghost that Had to Go, and the third book, Ivy and Bean Break The Fossil Record also contain engaging plots. The black and white illustrations which are abundant throughout the books kept my young daughter who is a visual learner eager to read on to discover what happens in the story.
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My 8 year old loves this series. She is in 2nd grade and can devour one of these is one night. I don't have to beg her to read when she's got an Ivy and Bean book. This set is a great price for hard back books. It is missing the last 2 books in the series.
The stories are really cute and appropriate, but Bean does have a little attitude so you may want to skim through it before letting your child read it.
Recommend for girls 7-9
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Our 5 1/2 year old loves to read books with us. I saw a deal on this set and figured it would be good for her down the road, especially as she read more on her own. Well, since opening it at Christmas, she insisted on reading Ivy and Bean every night. We forced in a library book on occasion but most nights she won the argument. The author must be in tune with the age group since my daughter ate it up. Ivy and Bean can use some colorful language (e.g. stupid) and they certainly get into a lot of mischief. Since the target age group is more 6-9, I worried that we may have jumped the gun. But she is so innocent that in a way, I think she enjoyed seeing other kids get into trouble in the stories and find their way to correct it.

It's early March now and we've read all eight books. So yes, she loved them.

My only criticism, and perhaps it's because I'm her "old man", is that the stories could have a little more character. I mean that from a lessons learned perspective. Most books we read from the library and ones we own, have a central "moral to the story" that we discuss afterwards (e.g. the environment, treating others well, honesty, courage, etc). Given how many hundreds of pages we read, I think not including more responsibility lessons was a missed opportunity. Perhaps that's why she loved them so much? But from a parent's point of view, I knocked one star off for that omission. Otherwise, if you're looking for a book series to entertain your young daughter, I highly recommend them.
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This book set with eight of the first "Ivy and Bean" books was one of the best Christmas
presents we gave to our six-year-old grandaughter. She can read them all by herself. She reads a chapter every night out loud to her parents before bed; and, sometimes, she just goes up to her room to read all alone. I will purchase the rest of the books; but, I won't get as great a buy as this set was because each book cost about $5.99 each. I like to encourage reading because it really is the foundation of education! I'm so glad I read about these books on the Amazon site reviews---I only hope I can get some books as interesting when she finishes reading the current "Ivy and Bean" books.
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By umle on March 15, 2012
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I got the set for my daughter who just turned 6. When it came, she started to read the first book all on her own. She loves it and is reading book 2 right now.
Great hardcover books with big, easy to read prints and nice illustrations.
I was lucky and got the whole set for $13.xx. Don't think I'd pay $99 for the set though.
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Have this set to a 12 year old special little girl. She had read most of these books before but wanted the set to keep and re-read. I saw her 10 yr old brother reading them too. :) They are quick reads for them but fun to read. They read them in the car traveling. I also bought book 10 to add to her collection.
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We are family of three and we have read all these books more than once. My daughter is 7 and she begs for more chapters. They are charming characters and wonderful stories. I hope the author continues to write more of them.
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