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Nov 1, 2010


New York Times best-selling series of books for children — Ivy + Bean

Meet Ivy and Bean, two friends who never meant to like each other: This boxed set, Ivy & Bean's Secret Treasure Box (Books 1-3) is a delightful introduction to these spunky characters. It includes the first three books in the Ivy and Bean series, and a secret treasure-hiding box with a cool surprise inside!

Author Annie Barrows talks about her award-winning Ivy + Bean series: One of the big problems of being a kid is that your parents often try to make you play with people you don’t really like. My parents were forever trying to get me to like the kids of their friends. These kids were often weird. I didn’t want to play with them. It was a problem.

Ivy and Bean are very different: Bean is loud and wild and goofy. She loves to be involved in games and poke her nose in other people’s business. Ivy is quiet and full of ideas. She spends most of her time learning how to be a witch. Each girl thinks the other one is weird. Each girl thinks she could never be friends with the other. But sometimes opposites can become the best of friends because they’re opposites.

Ivy & Bean's Secret Treasure Box (Books 1-3) includes:

  • Book 1: Ivy + Bean: Both girls were sure they would never like each other, but when Bean finds herself in a pickle, Ivy helps out with a magical spell. The results are glorious: Bean’s sister Nancy loses her mind, and Ivy and Bean become forever friends.
  • Book 2: Ivy + Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go: Ivy discovers that there’s a ghost in the girl’s bathroom at Emerson School. What could be cooler? Nothing, until the teachers find out, and Ivy gets in trouble. The girls have to get rid of the ghost, and quick. Potions—and plumbing—come to the rescue.
  • Book 3: Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record: Bean wants to break a world record, but all she seems to be breaking is dishes. Out in Bean’s backyard, Ivy and Bean dig up a pile of ancient bones and discover that they are record-breakers: they’re the youngest paleontologists in the world! The problem is that nobody believes them.

If you and your child liked Junie B. Jones, Magic Tree House books, and Princess in Black; you'll love Ivy & Bean.

Nov 1, 2010

Sobre el autor

Annie Barrows is a middle-aged lady who doesn’t talk very much, which is why none of the kids who hang out in her house noticed that she was writing down everything they said. She’s like a ninja, except she’s never killed anyone. Okay, okay, she’s also the author of the Ivy + Bean books—remember them? They were fun!—and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. All of which were New York Times bestsellers, if you care about that kind of thing. www.anniebarrows.com

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Ivy and Bean Bundle Set 1 (Books 1-3) - Annie Barrows







































For Clio, of course, but also for Claire, Keith, Maddy, Sam, Vincenzo, Melissa, Quinn, Chephren (and Jennifer Ennifer), Noah, Jonathan, Raejean, Dominic, Tanisha, Veronica, Christopher, Gabi, Xenia, Paul, and Amber —A. B.

For Olive and Eggy —S. B.

Text © 2006 by Annie Barrows.

Illustrations © 2006 by Sophie Blackall.

All rights reserved.

Book design by Sara Gillingham.

Typeset in Candida and Blockhead.

The illustrations in this book were rendered in Chinese ink.

ISBN: 978-0-8118-4909-8 (PB)

ISBN: 978-0-8118-7651-3 (EPUB, MOBI)

ISBN: 978-1-4521-0268-9 (BUNDLE)

Chronicle Books LLC

680 Second Street, San Francisco, California 94107



Before Bean met Ivy, she didn’t like her. Bean’s mother was always saying that Bean should try playing with the new girl across the street. But Bean didn’t want to.

She’s seven years old, just like you, said her mother. And she seems like such a nice girl. You could be friends.

I already have friends, said Bean. And that was true. Bean did have a lot of friends. But, really, she didn’t want to play with Ivy because her mother was right—Ivy did seem like such a nice girl. Even from across the street she looked nice. But nice, Bean knew, is another word for boring.

Ivy sat nicely on her front steps. Bean zipped around her yard and yelled. Ivy had long, curly red hair pushed back with a sparkly headband. Bean’s hair was black, and it only came to her chin because it got tangled if it was any longer. When Bean put on a headband, it fell off. Ivy wore a dress every day. Bean wore a dress when her mother made her. Ivy was always reading a big book. Bean never read big books. Reading made her jumpy.

Bean was sure that Ivy never stomped in puddles. She was sure that Ivy never smashed rocks to find gold.

She was sure that Ivy had never once in her whole life climbed a tree and fallen out. Bean got bored just looking at her.

So when her mother said she should play with Ivy, Bean just shook her head. No thanks, she said.

You could give it a try. You might like her, said Bean’s mom.

All aboard! Next train for Boring is leaving now! yelled Bean.

Her mother frowned. That’s not very nice, Bean.

I was nice. I said no thanks, said Bean. I just don’t want to. Okay?

Okay, okay. Her mother sighed. Have it your way.

So for weeks and weeks, Bean didn’t play with Ivy. But one day something happened that changed her mind.


It all began because Bean was playing a trick on her older sister.

Bean’s older sister was named Nancy. She was eleven. Nancy thought Bean was a pain and a pest. Bean thought Nancy was a booger-head. Ever since she turned eleven, Nancy had been acting like she was Bean’s mother. She ordered Bean around in a grown-up voice: Comb your hair. No more pretzels. Brush your teeth. Say please.

Bean’s mother said that Nancy was going through a stage. Bean knew what that meant. That meant Nancy was bossy. Bean also knew that nobody likes bossy kids, so she was trying to help Nancy be done with her stage. Here’s how she helped: She bugged Nancy until Nancy freaked out. Bean thought this was pretty helpful.

The afternoon that Bean got her great idea, she was shopping with her mom and Nancy.

Actually, Bean was being dragged along by her mom and Nancy. Bean hated shopping. Nancy loved, loved, loved it.

Nancy was trying on skirts. Lots of skirts. She put on a purple skirt. She looked at her front in the mirror. Then she turned to the side. Then she turned around and tried to look at her behind.

Looks good, said Bean. Let’s go.

Be patient just a little longer, Bean, said Bean’s mother. I think it’s cute, honey, she said to Nancy.

Nancy looked in the mirror some more. Do you think the pockets are dumb?

I like the pockets, said Bean’s mom.

Get it, get it, get it! moaned Bean. She had never been so bored in her entire life. She was so bored she fell on the floor. Then she took a tiny peek up at the lady in the dressing room next door. Yow.

Get up, Bean! said her mother. This minute.

Bean got up and sat on the triangle seat again. She waited. Nancy looked at herself.

I kind of like it, Nancy said. But it costs forty dollars. That’s all my money. I could get two shirts for forty dollars.

Don’t be a tightwad, said Bean. She had just learned that word. It meant someone who didn’t like to spend money.

Don’t call your sister a tightwad, said Bean’s mom.

Bean saw Nancy’s eyes looking at her in the mirror. Tightwad, Bean mouthed without any sound. Nancy’s eyes got narrow, and so quick that their mother didn’t see, she stuck out her tongue. Then Nancy turned to their mother and said, I think the skirt costs too much, Mom. I think I’d rather try on some tops.

Bean knew then that Nancy was being slow on purpose. Just to drive her crazy.

Bean thought about kicking her in the shin. But then she got the idea. It was a great idea. It was also a helpful idea, one that would teach Nancy not to be such a tightwad. And best of all, her idea would make Nancy freak out. You’ll be sorry, Bean mouthed to Nancy.


Bean was hiding inside a big, round bush in her front yard. The bush was right next to the sidewalk, and it was very scratchy and sticky inside, but Bean needed to be in the bush for her plan to work. Here’s how Bean’s plan went: She took a $20 bill out of Nancy’s purse and taped a long thread to it. She put the $20 bill on the sidewalk. Then she held on to the other end of the thread and climbed into the bush. Nancy would be coming home from school soon. She would see the money on the sidewalk. She would bend down to pick it up. Bean would quickly pull the money away. And then Nancy would freak out. Bean could hardly wait.

There was only one problem. Nancy didn’t come. Bean sat inside the bush for a long time. A

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  • (3/5)
    The first realistic fictional book in this series tells the story of two girls. One just moved into the neighborhood and they think they will not get along with each other. So the two avoid each other. Bean decides to pull a prank on her older sister and needs Ivy to come to her rescue. Ivy brings the face paint and a bucket of worms. Bean is a little crazy and Ivy enjoys magic and spells. The two girls are completely different. One is girly and likes to read books, where the other likes to play in the dirt and be messy. Their friendship develops and the two take on many different adventures.
  • (4/5)
    Really a great little kid's book -- the main characters are 7 and Bean's older sister is a horrible 11 ;) I honestly wasn't expecting to be impressed at all, but I think this is a wonderful first book for a new reader. There are great pictures throughout to bring some life to the story, and the story actually moves and surprises a little. Happy that these books are available for young readers!
  • (3/5)
    This is a book about two girls who do not like each other from the beginning. The girls were really different one was into books and the other into well just into everything. One day one of the girls decides to run away and she finds herself in front of the other girls house and discovers she is a witch. The two girls begin plotting a spell against the sister and are inseparable since. This is the start of lots of new adventures. This is a picture book. I would change the coloring of the pictures and make them more interesting. This is a good book most girls in school can relate to at some point in their life.
  • (5/5)
    This was a super cute book for 6-8 yr olds. And I'm considering this format for my pizza series!! :)
  • (3/5)
    The eponymous Ivy and Bean discover that sometimes appearances can be deceiving in this amusing first entry in Annie Barrows' series of easy chapter-books for the primary school set. Although each is encouraged to play with the other by their respective mothers - who foolishly trot out the old "she seems like such a nice girl" line - they resist, until circumstances intervene, in the form of Bean on the run from the consequences of her latest stunt, and they are thrown together. The irrepressible Bean, who has something of a penchant for trouble (especially if it involves teasing her older sister, Nancy), discovers that just because her new neighbor wears a skirt, and has her nose stuck perpetually in a book, doesn't mean that she's boring; while Ivy, intent on becoming a witch - if studying can bring it about, it will happen! - learns that Bean is anything but the sweet paragon held up to her.I was curious to see what I would make of this story, after reading a friend's negative review, which compared the character of Bean unfavorably with Beverly Cleary's Ramona, so when I found myself stuck in the city the other day with nothing to read, and happened upon a book-sale, I snapped up the first few volumes of the series. All in all, although I came away with some concerns, I wasn't as disturbed as my friend. I like stories about little girls that aren't sweet - think Ramona, Clementine, or Junie B. Jones - as I think that the social pressure on girls and women, to just be nice (all the time! no matter what!) are still very strong. I found Bean an engaging character (I liked Ivy a lot too), and laughed at many of her outrageous escapades. Most importantly, I didn't find her irredeemably bad - she had a conscience, she (sometimes) knew she was doing wrong, even if that didn't stop her - so much as realistically human. Then again, I fought like cats and dogs with my own closest sister (we are sixteen months apart) as a girl, so perhaps I identified with that aspect of the story, even if I agree (and I do!) that Bean's parents are a little too lax.In sum: I found this an engaging read, one that I think will appeal to young girl readers - particularly the ones that get into scrapes - and I also appreciated the charming artwork by Sophie Blackall.
  • (3/5)
    Ivy and Bean series is a story about friendship and what can happen when you work together. I enjoyed the characters in this book and found the writing to be humours. Bean sometimes crosses the line when she is unkind with friends and family in contrast to Ivy who always appears to maintain her morals. I would recommend this book to children ages 6-10.
  • (4/5)
    Bean doesn't think Ivy would be a very interesting friend. In fact, she looks incredibly BORING...until one day she is in trouble with her sister and the last place anyone would look was at Ivy's, so there she is, and Ivy is for more fun than she imagined!Cute story about an unlikely friendship...girls will love thinking about the adventures they have with their best friends, or consider making a new friend, too!
  • (5/5)
    Ivy and Bean are best friends. They are fun characters and are mischiefs. These series of books tell the crazy stories of Ivy and Bean.Friendship2-4
  • (4/5)
    This was a delightful book! Bean is a rowdy, active, wild child, while Ivy is thoughtful, imaginative and gentle. I adored the contrast! I enjoyed how the two meet, the adventure that ensued and their friendship. I laughed out loud at least twice - always a good thing. I highly recommend this book for the 5-7 crowd.
  • (4/5)
    This a great book and series for readers that are just beginning to read alone. I think the topic is relatable and so are the characters. This would be a good book for 1st or 2nd grade levels.
  • (3/5)
    My first chapter book that I've read with my almost five year old girl! She loves it! I'm not particularly thrilled with Bean's behavior, and some of the things she says, but I do love the reactions in my daughter! Her eyes light up and she smiles from ear to ear! I guess we'll read book #2!
  • (3/5)
    Ok, 3.5 stars. Sure to be a hit with lots of six or seven year-olds girls. Surprisingly complex characters - for example neither girl, not even the one who wears dresses, is squeamish of worms.
  • (4/5)
    This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Bean's mother has been trying to get her to make friends with new girl Ivy, but Ivy just seems so....nice. Bean knows of course that nice is just a nice way of saying boring and she's totally uninterested in Ivy. Until the afternoon that Ivy helps Bean escape her older sister Nancy and it turns out Ivy isn't one bit boring.
  • (4/5)
    Genre: Realistic FictionCritiques: This is a realistic fiction early chapter book because the setting, characters, and events are all believable, but it is not an actual true story. The setting of Bean's neighborhood and house is described as a common suburb of America. The main characters, Bean and Ivy, are relatable characters because they become childhood, neighborhood friends. The events of the story are believable because they are common scenarios with children that have older siblings.The plot is presented in a chronological order, beginning with Bean setting a foundation of the content and general plot of the rest of the story. Character descriptions are brief, but lead the reader to understanding the uniqueness of each character. At the end, all conflicts are resolved, but leaves the reader wanting to read further in the series. The plot type of person against person is used.Media: Chinese Ink
  • (4/5)
    I chose to read this because I've seen a lot of my 3rd grade girls reading it. I really enjoy the quirkiness of both Ivy and Bean's personalities, and liked their (inevitable) path to becoming friends. The story is fun, and easy to follow, with cute illustrations interspersed throughout. Though, it does rotate around two suburban girls, they are interesting and non-traditional. I can definitely see why this is so appealing to my students.
  • (4/5)
    Summary:Ivy and Bean where not friends at first but then they became friends because of a little ghostly trick. My Thoughts:I love the book Ivy + Bean. Bean must have been a naughty little girl to run away from home. I would have never ran away from home like her! I can't wait to read more about Ivy and Bean and their friendship.
  • (5/5)
    a good book. read it. its a realy good book youll see if you read it
  • (4/5)
    Bean was sure she didn't want to be friends with the new neighbor, Ivy. She looked so "nice." She wore dresses, had long hair, read books, and just seemed totally boring. Bean was more interested in playing tricks on her big sister than playing with some prissy girl. When one of Bean's tricks ends with her running desperately away from her sister, she stumbles into Ivy's yard. Before she knows it, Ivy offers her shelter in a secret hiding spot. A few crafts, pranks, and schemes later, they have become an inseparable duo with plenty of adventures sure to come.This first book in the Ivy and Bean series is funny and genuine. It is written for girls in elementary school and should appeal to this audience easily. It is similar to other popular books about spunky girls such as Judy Moody and Clementine, but having a pair of protagonists offers a different approach since these two girls complement each other so well. Tomboys and girly-girls alike will find something to enjoy in the adventures of Ivy & Bean.Illustrations and fairly large type and leading allow this book to stretch out to 120 pages while still being a manageable and unintimidating read for children transitioning into chapter books from easy readers. This series is recommended for public and elementary school libraries, especially in suburban areas.
  • (5/5)
    Good book about a new friendship. Ivy and Bean live across the street from each other. One day they have to talk to each other, they find out they have a lot in common. The story is about new friendship and stepping over the line in becoming friends. The book could introduce children to making new friends and the adventures of having a new friendship.
  • (4/5)
    The indomitable characters of Ivy and Bean are the key to this very engaging book. Young girl (and boy) readers are bound to feel a connection to the tomboyish Bean or the imaginative Ivy. Annie Barrows allows the reader a window into Bean's twisted logic to great effect. Sophie Blackall's illustrations help to enrich the understated humour.
  • (3/5)
    Anatomy of the start of a wonderful friendship. A nice lesson in first appearances being misleading.
  • (4/5)
    This is an adorable story of two friends who may appear to be very different but end up finding out that they have a lot in common. Bean is a rambunctious 7 year old who is always pestering her older sister. Ivy is a new girl who lives across the street and is a big bookworm. Although Bean's mother tries to encourage her to become friends with Ivy, Bean doesn't want to becasue she thinks Ivy is boring. When Bean pulls a nasty trick on her older sister, it is Ivy who comes to the rescue! Through all kinds of hilarious adventures, Ivy and Bean become the best of friends and learn to apprecite their differences. Thyis book will keep the reader engaged all the way through and the little drawings are the perfect touch to this cute book. It is a great book for beginning readers and teaches children that they should not judge a book by its cover!
  • (5/5)
    cute! i'm a dork, i kept reading the book to see how it ends. the simple, pretty, pencil drawings add just the right dimension to the story to keep the reader interested and informed. nice story about friendship. Bean is careful not to hurt Ivy's feelings. This makes a good basis for a lasting friendship. Nice lesson for children. language is modern and accessible, perfect for third grade.
  • (4/5)
    This is a cute little early chapter book. It's all about Bean, a mischievous 7 year old who likes to antagonize her 11 year old sister Nancy. Bean is a typical 7 year old, albeit perhaps a bit more of a trouble-maker than most 7 year olds.In this story, Bean's (her real name is Bernice) mother keeps trying to get her daughter to become friends with the nice new girl, Ivy, from across the street. Bean thinks Ivy seems very boring because she is always reading, and Bean is just too cool for bookworms. However, one day Bean gets into trouble with her sister Nancy, and Ivy helps her to hide. Soon Bean learns all about Ivy's desires to become a witch, and the two little imps become fast friends.The hijinks of Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows are appropriately 2nd grade type of behavior so this book should appeal to children within that age group. Furthermore, there are plenty of adorable illustrations to keep their attention. While I didn't love this book, I believe it is a cute early chapter book with a decent plot. I plan to read the next book in the series, Ivy and Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go.
  • (5/5)
    It's a great easy read
  • (5/5)
    Meet Ivy and Bean. Ivy is one of those girls who likes to read big books. Bean is those "jumping bean" girls. She thinks Ivy is boring. One day, all of that changes...find out how they make friends in IVY AND BEAN!!!
  • (3/5)
    Bean is constantly being told to play with her new next-door neighbor Ivy, but Ivy is so BORING that Bean just rolls her eyes. One day, Bean inadvertently starts talking with Ivy and discovers that she is actually quite entertaining and a potential partner in crime. The result is an adventure-filled day that only Ivy & Bean could have. Meh... I think this book could appeal to young readers looking for more books in the Ramona ilk, but it didn't really do it for me.
  • (4/5)
    friends; good for kids who like Junie B. Jones
  • (4/5)
    Bean is a seven-year-old girl who stomps in puddles, smashes rocks to find gold, climbs trees and only wears a dress when her mother insists. She is quite sure she would not want to be friends with her new neighbor, Ivy, who sits quietly, reads big books and wears dresses all the time. Bean thinks Ivy is boring, and she's sure she won't like her. But one day Bean gets into trouble with her big sister and Ivy offers to hide her. It doesn't take long for Bean to discover that Ivy isn't as boring as she'd thought. Good, easy chapter books for children emerging from beginning readers are always a welcome find. This first in a new series is right on target for those 2nd and 3rd grade girls looking for something fun to read about kids their age.
  • (3/5)
    Readers are introduced to Ivy and Bean, two girls that have little in common but end up bonding over a shared interest in magic and using a spell to prank Bean’s older sister. The peripheral characters may be a bit stereotypical, especially the older sister as well as an elderly neighbor, but Bean and Ivy gets some layers as the story goes on. They are the sorts of characters that elementary school girls will be able to relate to, since one is a quiet, creative reader and the other is more active and messy. Readers will be able to see a bit of themselves in one or both of the girls.This is the first book in what is probably one of the more well-known series of transitional chapter books. The vocabulary is pretty familiar, so it will build confidence in its intended audience. The narrative flows smoothly, again to help readers become acclimated to books with one overarching storyline. The lesson of being friends with different types of people is not spelled out, but it is easy to pick up on and is taught through Ivy and Bean’s adventures so as to be palatable.