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Bound to Be Bad (Ivy and Bean, Book 5) Paperback – April 22, 2009

4.6 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
Book 5 of 10 in the Ivy + Bean Series

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Ivy and Bean return in their fifth story in which both girls take their goodness to a new level. Ivy, having heard about St. Francis, thinks it might be nice to be so pure of heart that animals follow her around. She tries to get Bean to be good, and then to be bad, so that she can reform her and the neighborhood bully, Matt, in the process. Though not quite as crisp as the first books in the series, this is still plenty of fun, especially for the duo’s many fans. As always, Blackall’s delightful illustrations add smiles and substance. Grades 1-3. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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"Annie Barrows accomplishes the almost impossible task of reflecting the world of second grader, creating the tension and drama of family and friendships in language that can be read easily by child who recently graduated from easy readers to early chapter books. " - Lisa Von Drasek, Children's Librarian, Bank Street College of Education --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 500L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811868575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811868570
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My 6 y/o daughter and I are absolutely hooked on the "Ivy and Bean" series. Here's why: The kids talk, think and act like real kids. The characters are funny and believable. Ivy and Bean have wonderfully creative ideas and imaginations. Ivy and Bean are likable (I find them lovable) even though they get in trouble all the time with their parents and teachers. Ivy and Bean are unconventional. Ivy and Bean is very well-written and the illustrations are charming and delightful.
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My daughter picked up the first Ivy & Bean book and read through to the 5th one. Although she likes to read, she is not an avid reader; however, she wanted to read these all the time.

I can't wait to see if we will learn more about Ivy & Bean.
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Love these books. Can't wait for #11. Helped my daughter learn to read at 7 years old. She couldn't wait to read them all. Her reading went from 1st grade level to 3rd grade level and speed by the end of book #10.
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My 5 1/2 year old son and I have been laughing out loud together while reading the first four Ivy & Bean books. The plots are interesting and silly, the friendship between the two girls is charming, and there is a bit of mischievous behavior -- fun for my son and not too over the line for me. But Book 5 -- Bound to be Bad -- is none of these. Almost no plot, a lot of mean-spirited behavior, and really nothing to talk about together. A huge disappointment.
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My granddaughter had this on her birthday list but in glancing through it it struck me as a book that teaches a child how to be a brat. I would definately not suggest this or any other book in series for any child to read
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All of the Ivy and Bean books are awesome - unlike anything else out there. I read my 4 year old daughter the series and we were both very entertained. If your girl likes bugs and dirt and creepy things and mischief and everything not princess then these books are for you!
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my second-grader has struggled with reading since kindergarten.

And so we work really hard to find books that can keep her interest in that she wants to read.

I like the way these books are set up.

Each chapter is kind of a mini story kind of a story in itself.

So you can read one or two chapters and it makes sense.

I hope they come out with more these books.
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By Jaim on September 4, 2013
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Quick and quirky read. My daughter loves Ivy + Bean books and sails through them completely comprehending the strange stories and humor. I'm not thrilled at the language or name-calling but it seems pretty typical for popular chapter books of this age group. Looking for a way to replace Junie B.Jones. Cute stories but lots of nasty talk.
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