- Age Range: 6 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 5
- Series: Ivy + Bean
- Paperback: 4 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; Box edition (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811864952
- ISBN-13: 978-0811864954
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 2.2 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (476 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ivy & Bean's Secret Treasure Box (Books 1-3) Paperback – Box set, October 1, 2008
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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
About the Author
Annie Barrows has written many books for adults, 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 New York.
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In case you wanted more details about content, the other reviewers pretty much summed it up. The entire first book is about Bean's contempt for her sister and plotting evil things to do to her. They're hurling insults at each other left and right "dork, dweeb, tightwad" etc. I kept waiting for the feel good ending....the moment where Bean and her sister would make up. Finally that moment came. Bean saw her sister crying and started feeling guilty. Then she quickly changed her mind and decided she hated her sister even more. I have attached one of the illustrations directly from the book. This portrays Bean's sister right after Bean and Ivy threw worms on her face. No thanks.
I was LOL at the humor of the writing (yes it appeals to older readers as well). Ivy and Bean are best friends and neighbors who are opposites of the same coin--they make a team certain to get into "trouble with cheese on top" before they wriggle out. How they do is always as fun as it is outrageous. And, of course there is a dreaded bossy older sister who doesn't stand a chance with this duo. And cool Moms who remain in the background of these adventures in a loving way.
Annie Barrows' imagination is excellent company, she captures these kids perfectly. It is always a pleasure to encounter such a gifted writer who expresses her characters so precisely that we savor our time with them.
My daughter, who is 5 and a half, asked me what a "tight wad" was. (Bean calls her sister a tight wad.) I'm so glad I didn't spend money on this. Our daughters deserve a better example. The author chose to represent the lead characters as trite, mean-girl complainers. Our daughters deserve books that include adventures, bravery, emotion and yes, plenty of silliness, which this book has none of.
Here are some direct quotes: "Bean thought about kicking her sister in the shin...but then she got a great idea, one that would teach her sister not to be such a tightwad."
-(Bean says about Ivy's clothes) "What a goony costume. What a dork!"
-Bean says, "I'm the ghost of Mr. Killop. I lived in your house before. I died there. I've come to haunt you. Tonight while you are sleeping, I'll wrap my icy fingers around your neck!"
Unfortunately I could go on and on. If you want a list of better books for girls there are great ones listed at Mighty Girls website: [....]