Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter (Ivy and Bean Series #4)

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The adventures of Ivy and Bean continue in the latest installment from series creators Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall. In Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter, the two girls hatch a plan to prove that Bean's big sister is the world's worst babysitter. Of course plans go awry, but fun ensues!
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Overview

The adventures of Ivy and Bean continue in the latest installment from series creators Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall. In Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter, the two girls hatch a plan to prove that Bean's big sister is the world's worst babysitter. Of course plans go awry, but fun ensues!
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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.

School Library Journal

Gr 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

Kirkus Reviews
The kids of Pancake Court are constructing a volcano from a giant mound of dirt, but right in the middle of the eruption Bean is called home. Her parents are going out and leaving her in the custody of her older sister, Nancy. The prospect of boring home confinement with her bossy nemesis as babysitter is grim, but Bean is equal to the challenge. When Ivy shows up, the girls find that exploring Bean's mysterious attic and evading Nancy are just as exciting as making a volcano erupt. This fourth adventure of the pint-size duo with supersize imaginations is the strongest to date. Barrows and Blackall-who, like Eleanor Estes and Louis Slobodkin, make an inspired writer-artist team-have made the denizens of Pancake Court as delightful to visit as the Moffat family of Cranbury, Conn. 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. (Fiction. 6-10)
Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
In this fourth adventure, best friends Ivy and Bean take on the babysitter, also known as Bean's older sister Nancy. Determined to make some trouble for her sister during her first paid sitting job, Bean enlists Ivy to explore the forbidden attic while Nancy is otherwise occupied. In the midst of making plans to disappear into the attic forever, Bean accidentally closes the trap door and locks them in. Nancy, distracted by playing with her mother's makeup, is slow to come to their rescue. Finally freed from the attic, with mess cleaned up and parents none the wiser, Bean and her sister come to a financial agreement to keep the afternoon's events under wraps. The incredibly appealing Ivy and Bean present another true to life story (with just a bit of extra adventure) that will appeal to young readers. Many will identify with the desire to run away from home (but not too far) and the burden of older siblings. Sure to be a hit with readers of the previous books, this is a great choice for all libraries. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811865845
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/22/2008
  • Series: Ivy and Bean Series , #4
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 76,589
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Annie Barrows
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.

Biography

A voracious reader (but an admittedly poor speller!), Annie Barrows grew up in northern California. One of her first jobs, while she was still in school, was re-shelving books in one of her favorite haunts, the public library. She attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a degree in Medieval History. After graduation, she went to work for a publisher, editing books in many different fields.

Bitten by the writing bug, Barrows received her M.F.A in Creative Writing from California's Mills College. She wrote several books on such diverse topics as fortune telling, urban legends, and opera before branching into children's literature. In June of 2006, she released Ivy and Bean, the first award-winning book in a series about two young girls who become best friends in spite of their differences. In 2007, she published The Magic Half, a standalone children's fantasy about the middle child (between two sets of twins) who travels back in time and befriends a young girl in need of her help.

In addition, Barrows and her aunt, the late Mary Ann Shaffer, collaborated on a post-WWII epistolary novel entitled The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Conceived by Shaffer, the novel was accepted for publication in 2006, shortly before Shaffer fell ill. Barrows stepped in to complete the project, and the book was published in 2008 to positive reviews.

Good To Know

Here are some fascinating outtakes from our interview with Annie Barrows:
  • I can read palms. I learned when I was researching a book on fortune-telling, and I figure it's my back-up career if this writing thing doesn't work out. I can also read head lumps, but no thanks.

  • In my house, we have a Museum of Despair. The collection includes a burst pipe; the wire hanger that was being used to open my car when I surprised the thief; the stitches from my daughter's knee; a bottle of vodka so old that it's a product of the Soviet Union; and a broken thermometer.

  • There are two quotations stuck to the wall over my desk. Here they are: .

    "But how could it be true, Sir?" said Peter.
    "Why do you say that?" asked the Professor.
    "Well, for one thing," said Peter, "if it was real why doesn't everyone find this country every time they go to the wardrobe? I mean, there was nothing there when we looked; even Lucy didn't pretend there was."
    "What has that to do with it?" said the Professor.
    "Well, Sir, if things are real, they're there all the time."
    "Are they?" said the Professor; and Peter did not know quite what to say.
    --from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis

    "Behold, you look on a man that is soon to be dust. Yet because love endures all things, tell me, I pray you, how fares the human race: if new roofs be risen in the ancient cities, whose empire is it that now sways the world; an if any still survive, snared in the error of the demons."
    --from "The Life of St. Paul the Hermit"

    Most of the time, I don't do anything but work and hang out with my family, but I just got back from a three-week trip to England, where I got a chance to indulge some of my secret fascinations: Neolithic standing stones, haunted battlefields, out-of-the-way castles, and Victorian anthropological collections.

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      1. Also Known As:
        Ann Fiery Barrows; Ann Fiery
      2. Hometown:
        Berkeley, CA
      1. Date of Birth:
        August 24, 1962
      2. Place of Birth:
        San Diego, CA
      1. Education:
        University of California at Berkeley, B.A. in Medieval History; Mills College, M.F.A. in Creative Writing

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    • Posted May 6, 2010

      A mother's point of view

      My baby girl loves these books. She really likes the conflicts among sisters, since she has an older sister too. She has already asked when the next one is coming out and I have bought all of them. I have even caught her taking baths reading them, they are that great to her. Thank you for finding something interesting for my girl to broaden her horizonz with. I will keep buying these just for her.

      14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted August 22, 2009

      Ivy and Bean Just Keep Getting Better

      This was by far my daughter's and my favorite book in the series. Each story is told with such detail that we have fun imagining all that Ivy and Bean encounter. We find ourselves laughing aloud and re-reading our favorite parts.

      We would again recommend this to any young girl who likes an easy but fun read.

      13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted June 6, 2011

      Perfect!!!!!!!

      I loved the book because it was interesting like any other Ivy andBean book

      12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 6, 2008

      A reviewer

      My 1st grader loves Ivy + Bean books. They have helped her enjoy the challenge of moving into chapter books. She laughs while reading and would stay up for hours to finish the book.

      10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted August 29, 2009

      I Also Recommend:

      I like it!!

      Ivy and Bean are so funny. I was laughing and laughing.Read all the Ivy and Beans, they're awesome

      8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 23, 2012

      Great

      This is a great book! I think it needs a lot more chapeters! I love this series

      7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 2, 2012

      I LOVE IT!!,

      I love ivy and bean books! I have reaad a lot so i will like this one. I know i will love this one. Even the cover is good!!!
      It's seems good.

      3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted August 31, 2011

      AWESOME

      I love ivy and bean

      3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted August 10, 2011

      Lol just like me

      This book is just like my friend and I im bean shes ivy!

      3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted July 26, 2011

      Jasmine

      I loved this book! And it is a good thing my mom buyed this book but every chapter book i read she quizis me. But i like this book. ;)

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 8, 2010

      more from this reviewer

      Whole Family is Ivy and Bean Fan

      Another great one. I had originally got books from the library but had to purchase the series because my two girls (seven and five) loved the series, and my husband and I enjoyed reading to them as well. My seven year old reads the story over again by herself (which she seldom does with other books) and my five year old enjoys the illustrations, immensely. You can't go wrong with any book of this series. We love them all.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 25, 2012

      Hey

      Hey guys this is me and the people that hate ivy and bean well just keep your opini to yourself unless its a nice opini ok good

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 8, 2011

      my vote

      I think it was good scary and interesting i would reccomend this to anyone!

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 27, 2009

      Perfect for the book.

      I purchased this book and two others. My grand-daughter has all 5 now.
      She really enjoys them, She just made 10 in June. She likes to share the
      stories.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 13, 2013

      Sup

      Find the m
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      1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 8, 2013

      Luv it

      It talks about bras in one of the books and has some bad words.

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 16, 2013

      Emma

      I just love ivy and bean books they are so funny im working onthe 5 book right now!!!!!!!!!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 14, 2013

      Ivy and Bean

      Some of the best series ive ever read!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 14, 2013

      I love the book.

      YHAY for IVY AND BEAN A AWSOME BOOK FOR ALL KIDS.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 26, 2012

      So

      So Funny

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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