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Ivy and Bean (Ivy and Bean Series #1)

Ivy and Bean (Ivy and Bean Series #1)

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by Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall

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The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide, quick! Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charming - and addictive - introduction to a new


The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide, quick! Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charming - and addictive - introduction to a new series.

Includes bonus material!
- Sneak peek chapter from the next book in the Ivy + Bean series Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Barrows's debut children's book energetically kicks off a series about two seemingly unlikely pals, just right for kids moving on from beginning readers. Bean's mother suggests that she play with Ivy, the new girl across the street, "She seems like such a nice girl." Seven-year-old Bean says she already has plenty of friends ("Nice, Bean knew, is another word for boring"). After all, Ivy's long, curly red hair is neatly pushed back with a sparkly headband, and she always wears dresses and reads books; headband-, dress- and book-shunning tomboy Bean muses that Ivy "had never once in her whole life climbed a tree and fallen out." But when Ivy offers to get Bean out of a jam with her older sister, Nancy, Bean takes Ivy up on it. Bean discovers that the not-so-boring, wand-toting Ivy is in training to become a witch, and working on a spell that keeps its victim dancing for lifewhich sets Bean thinking about the ideal fate for bossy Nancy. Blackall's (Ruby's Wish) half-tone spot art and full-spread illustrations deftly capture the girls' personalities and the tale's humor, while also filling out fun details about Ivy's room and the neighbors' backyards. Barrows's narrative brims with sprightly dialogue and tidily ties everything togetherboth Bean and Ivy find a fast friend and set the stage for Ivy and Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go, scheduled for the fall. Ages 6-10. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Ever since the little girl across the street moved in, seven-year-old Bean has hated her. Bean made up her mind without knowing the girl, without talking to her, and without even meeting her. She hates that her mother wants her to make friends with the "nice" new girl. Bean does not want to be friends with anyone who is nice, wears dresses, and reads big books. But all of that changes in a flash when Bean ticks off her older sister, Nancy, and needs someplace to run. With her angry sister hot on her heels, Bean is shocked to find assistance in the form of Ivy, the girl across the street—who is actually wearing a rather odd robe, reading a big book of curses, and is not quite so nice, after all. These two just might have more in common than either one ever thought. Readers are sure to love Ivy and Bean, a dastardly duo embroiled in hilarious hijinx from page one! 2006, Chronicle, Ages 6 to 10.
—Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Seven-year-old Bean likes stomping in puddles, climbing fences into neighbors' backyards, and playing tricks on her older sister, Nancy. She wears dresses as seldom as possible and avoids big books. Her new neighbor appears to be a quiet, orderly girl who sits on her front step day after day reading tomes. The two seem to have nothing in common, and Bean is not interested in getting to know Ivy, despite her mother's prodding to make friends with the nice girl next door. Then Bean gets into trouble, and Ivy helps her out. She discovers that Ivy is practicing to be a witch, and when they decide to cast a spell on Nancy, their friendship is sealed. With echoes of Beverly Cleary's "Ramona" series, this easy chapter book will appeal to children who are graduating from beginning readers. The occasional black-and-white illustrations highlight the text and provide visual clues. The characters are appealing, the friendship is well portrayed, and the pranks and adventures are very much on grade level.-Eve Ottenberg Stone, Cooper Lane Elementary, Landover Hills, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A charismatic duo makes their debut in this new chapter-book series. Barrows provides a fresh take on the standard odd-couple tale of friendship, with a caveat to readers of not judging a book by its cover-or the new girl by her seemingly goody image. Bean, an energetic girl with an inclination for mischief, just doesn't see the appeal of her new neighbor Ivy, whom her mother extols as such a "nice girl," which Bean readily translates to mean dull. However, when she needs to escape the wrath of her bossy sister Nancy, Bean discovers a whole new dimension to the quiet girl next door. Together Ivy and Bean concoct a plan to cast Ivy's fledgling dancing spell on Nancy, with unexpected and hilarious results. With a hearty helping of younger sibling angst, a sprinkling of spells and potions and a dash of nosy neighbors, Barrows has the perfect recipe for solidifying a newfound friendship. Blackall's saucy illustrations detailing the girls' hijinks and their calamitous outcomes are liberally featured throughout the text. Readers are bound to embrace this spunky twosome and eagerly anticipate their continuing tales of mischief and mayhem. (Fiction. 6-10)
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
Ivy and Bean Series , #1
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Barnes & Noble
Sales rank:
510L (what's this?)
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Annie Barrows has written a bunch of books for grown-ups, but Ivy and Bean is her first series for kids. Annie lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.
Sophie Blackall is an Australian illustrator whose work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Brief Biography

Berkeley, CA
Date of Birth:
August 24, 1962
Place of Birth:
San Diego, CA
University of California at Berkeley, B.A. in Medieval History; Mills College, M.F.A. in Creative Writing

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Ivy and Bean (Ivy and Bean Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 223 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter is 6 & primarily loves Fancy Nancy books well we had read all of those so I was looking for something similar. I FOUND IT! We LOVE this book even my son liked it, who is also 6. I am going to be purchasing more from this series that is for sure. I love the contrast between Bean who is a tomboy, loves creating "adventures for the to get into and Ivy who at first you think is a girlie girl but soon find out she has a few crazy ideas of her own. I recommend this book highly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They are awesomeee!!! I love them!!! ;)))))) theres nothing negative to say about them
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Seven-year-old Bean does not want to be friends with Ivy. Her mother keeps telling her that Ivy seems like a very nice girl, but Bean knows what that means. Nice means prim and proper and sitting quietly reading big books. Nice means boring. At least, Bean thought Ivy was boring. When she plays a trick on her big sister and Ivy offers a quick hiding place, Bean isn't so sure. Nice is supposed to be boring. And Ivy does seem nice. But she's also training to be a witch. Besides, how nice can anyone be who has a vast supply of face paint, her own wand, and a spell that involves lots of worms? Bean and Ivy didn't plan to be friends, but they might be a perfect match in Ivy and Bean (2006) by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall (illustrator). Ivy and Bean is the first book in the series which is very popular with younger readers. The text is not as advanced as the Clementine or Ramona books but the characters all have similar qualities that will appeal to readers looking for girls with spunk. This story was not as compelling, for me, as the Clementine series but it was a fun fast read that will work for young readers and reluctant readers. Blackall's illustrations add a lot of appeal with her delightfully horrifying pictures of Bean's horrible older sister and Ivy's wonderfully scary witch attire. There are some surprisingly vocal negative reviews (seen on Amazon) accusing the book of promoting everything from bad behavior to witchcraft. To such concerns all I can say is books don't make ill-behaved children anymore than guns kill people all on their own. At its core Ivy and Bean is nothing more and nothing less than a sharp book about two singularly creative girls who are ready and willing to make their own fun be it with pranks or a new friendship. Possible Pairings: Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker and Marla Frazee, Dessert First by Hallie Durand and Christine Davenier, Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love ivy and bean
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Cant wait to get #2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember last year when my mom said I could pick out any book. I picked Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but Mommy was bugging for me to check out Ivy and Bean. But I was like " Diary of a Wimpy Kid is good. " And then when I started 2nd Grade, My teacher told us pick out a chapter book, by the time I got there, there only one left. And you guessed it. Ivy and Bean. Soon math class was over. And my teacher said " Okay class, 20 minute break. Take out your chapter books." And then I read it. I fell in love with it!!!!!! I recommend this to people who start 3rd Grade ( that is the grade that im in ). Signed, a Ivy and Bean fan, Paris.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading "Ivy and Bean" these 2 girls never wanted to meet.Bean didn't even need Ivy,all the kids in the neighborhood came to Bean so they could play.And Ivy didn't need Bean,she was more interested in magic and potions... but Ivy and Bean meet.i would tell you more but then i'll end up telling yal the whole story.i really think u should read this book.
Pamela Foglesong More than 1 year ago
This book is so good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
jon torres More than 1 year ago
This book does not really deserve bad comments
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an easy read but great wish they were longer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book with trost and friend ship. Thats why i think it shood be a 4 stare
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, so I am tweleve and i still love these books!!! I have been reading them since, i dont know , since i was 7? six??? I love these books and in my mind, anybody can read this book and still have a good time with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Ivy and Bean I have book 1,6,7,and 8 and Bean is my favirite because she has really funny and she is so like me I'm funny and I make fuuny noises and I have ideas like and I have brown hair and si does Bean.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adore this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main charactors in the book Ivy and Bean are Ivy and Bean. Bean plays a trick on her older sister then Ivy needs to help. It is always a nice, blazing hot day when their adventures begin. Her mom would be so mad at her and ground her for her life. My favorite part of the book is when Ivy helps Bean do a halarious trick on her older sister, Nancy. I don`t want to tell you what happens so read Ivy and Bean to find out!!!!!!!!! I think it is a great book to share with your friends and I also love this book because it is about friends. It is a great book to read to your friends to have fun. I think you can count at least 20 adjectives in this book. Also if you don`t have a lot of friends you can learn how to get friends in this book. I would recommend all kids to read Ivy and Bean. That is why Ivy and Bean is a great book for kids!!!
Pam2009 More than 1 year ago
My daughter really enjoys reading Ivy and Bean. She is in 1st grade and it challenges her reading skills. She has recommended this series of books to her friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 13 and read these exelent theres no crush factor but its still good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thos book is really good for 7-8 year olds i loved this book and serise as a kid i am now 10 years old but i still injoy it! I highly recemend this book!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its fun and an amazing book anddddd you should read the rest of the siries
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all Ivy and Bean books
thepaperdoll More than 1 year ago
First time reading the Ivy and Bean series. I thought it was a wonderful young read! Shows children not to judge others for being different, or quiet. Great imagination! Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wanted to find a series to encourage my 7 yo granddaughter to develop an interest in reading. She loved Ivy & Bean and I bought the entire series! Highly recommend the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun story children would enjoy, but please don't try the pranks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im in the 7 th or 8 th chapter but o far the book is really good. My mom let me get a free sample and it turned out pretty good. I would defenetly recomend this book.