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Dec 16, 2011


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

Ivy and Bean, two friends who never meant to like each other: This boxed set, Ivy and Bean Boxed Set 2 (Books 4-6) continues the story of these two spunky characters. It includes the second of three books in the Ivy and Bean series.

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. Especially because their parents keep nagging them about it. But sometimes opposites can become the best of friends because they’re opposites.

Ivy and Bean Boxed Set 2 (Books 4-6) includes:

  • Book 4: Ivy + Bean Take Care of the Babysitter : What’s the worst babysitter you can imagine? Okay, now multiply by a million. Bean’s just found out that Nancy is babysitting for the afternoon. After Ivy rescues her from prison, the two girls turn tragedy into opportunity.
  • Book 5: Ivy + Bean: Bound to Be Bad: Ivy has decided to become good. Extra-super-duperly good. Bean figures that’s a big waste of time—until Ivy explains that if you’re really good, animals and birds follow you around. Wow! Animals and birds! Bean’s going to be good, too! They’re going to be nice; they’re going to be sweet; they’re going to be kind and generous and—Wait a second! How did they end up muddy, wet, and in trouble?
  • Book 6: Ivy + Bean: Doomed to Dance: Ooops. Ivy and Bean have made a terrible mistake. They thought that ballet meant leaping, kicking, and cool costumes. Instead, it means they’re going to have to be The Two Friendly Squids in a ballet the teacher made up. How embarrassing. As disaster looms, the girls come up with a great escape plan. It’s an easy plan, a simple plan, a beautiful plan. It only involves a field trip, a couple of sharks, and some weird animals that glow in the dark.

If you and your child liked Junie B. Jones, Magic Tree House books, and Princess in Black; yo

Dec 16, 2011

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 2 (Books 4-6) - Annie Barrows










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For Liz and Morgan, babysitter and babysat —A. B.

For Callum and Harrison —S. B.

Text © 2008 by Annie Barrows.

Illustrations © 2008 by Sophie Blackall. All rights reserved.

Band-Aid is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson.

The illustrations in this book were rendered in Chinese ink.

ISBN: 978-0-8118-6584-5 (PB)

ISBN: 978-0-8118-7654-4 (EPUB, MOBI)

ISBN: 978-1-4521-1342-5 (BUNDLE)

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Bean was grinding corn. She put a few pieces of Indian corn on the sidewalk and then smacked a rock down on top of them. Thwack! It hardly dented them, but that was okay. That was part of the fun. You had to pound for a long time. Thwack!

"What are you doing?" It was her sister, Nancy, standing on the porch.

Grinding corn. Thwack! Bean looked at her corn. It was dented now. You can do some, too, if you want. I’ve got lots of corn.

Nancy watched her pound. What’s it for?

Food, said Bean. I’m making cornbread. Thwack! Hey, look! Corn dust!

Nancy almost came to look. She even took a step down the stairs. But then she got a prissy look on her face and said, Like Mom’s going to let you eat stuff that’s been on the sidewalk. Dream on.

Bean could have thrown the rock at her, but she knew better than that. Bean was seven. Nancy was eleven. Bean knew how to drive Nancy nutso without getting into trouble herself. She began to moan loudly, Grind or starve! Winter’s coming! If we don’t grind corn, we’ll have to eat rocks!

Cut it out, Bean! hissed Nancy. Everyone will see you!

Nancy was always worried that everyone would see her. Bean wanted everyone to see her. She lay down on the sidewalk and rolled from side to side, moaning, Just a little corn dust, that’s all I ask!

The front door slammed. Nancy had gone inside. That was easy.

Bean lay on the sidewalk, resting. The sun was warm. She loved Saturdays.

We’ve got dirt at my house, said a voice above her.

It was Sophie W. from down the street.

What kind of dirt? asked Bean.

Sophie smiled. Both her front teeth were out, and she had filled the hole with gum. "A lot of dirt."

That sounded interesting. Bean jumped up and grabbed her bag of corn. Together, she and Sophie hurried around Pancake Court.

Usually Sophie W.’s house looked a lot like all the other houses on Pancake Court, but today it looked different. Today, there was an enormous mound of dirt in the front yard. A monster mound. It was as high as the front porch. Maybe even higher. It spread across most of the lawn, all the way to the path. The dirt was dark brown, the kind of dirt that smells good and is already halfway to mud.

Wow. Your parents actually gave you dirt? asked Bean.

Sort of, Sophie said. They’re going to use it in the backyard, but not until next week.

We can play on it? asked Bean. It was too good to be true. It’s okay with your mom?

Sophie W. looked at her front door and giggled. My mom’s not home! There’s a babysitter in there!

Bean stared at the mound. They wouldn’t put it out in the front yard if they didn’t want people to use it, she thought. Shouldn’t we ask the babysitter? she said.

Just at that moment, a teenage girl stuck her head out the front door. She was the babysitter. Oh, she said to Sophie. There you are.

Is it okay if we play with this dirt? asked Bean politely.

The teenager looked at the mound like she had never seen it before. I guess. Um. Don’t track it into the house.

No problem, said Bean. We don’t even want to go in the house.

The babysitter nodded and turned to Sophie. I guess I’ll be watching TV, okay?

Sure, said Sophie. She and Bean waited until the teenager was inside. Then Sophie turned to Bean. What should we play?

Play? said Bean. We haven’t got time to play! This volcano’s about to blow!


Ivy wouldn’t want to miss out on a volcano, that was for sure. Bean zipped up the street to Ivy’s house and rang the doorbell. But that was too slow. Hey! she yelled through the mail slot. There’s a volcano at Sophie W.’s!

A what? said Ivy, opening the door. Ivy was reading. She was reading a really big book with long words even on the cover, which was something Bean couldn’t stand. It was bad enough when there were big words inside the book.

A volcano! Bean yelled. Come on!

Ivy looked at her book.

Bean rolled her eyes. Ivy! It’s a natural disaster! You have to be there!

Okay, said Ivy. She put down her book. It’s a good book, though.

You are so weird sometimes, said Bean. Come on!

The two girls ran back to Sophie’s house. Leo was there now, and Sophie S. and Prairie and Prairie’s little brother, Isaiah.

When she got to the front yard, Bean fell onto the grass. Earthquake! she hollered. Volcanoes made the earth shake, too. Volcanoes and earthquakes were like disaster twins.

Ivy grabbed a bush and shook it back and forth to show that the earth was quaking. Sophie W. and Prairie pretended they were being crushed by falling buildings. Leo pretended his car blew up, which was a little strange, but he said it happened all the time during earthquakes.

Smoke! screeched Bean, pretending to be terrified. She pointed to the dirt mountain. She’s going to blow!

They all stopped what they were doing and looked at the mound of dirt.

It would be better if we had real smoke, said Sophie S.

It would be better if we had real lava, said Bean.

Ivy glanced around the yard, looking for lava. There wasn’t any, but she did see a hose lying on the lawn. Hmmm. She picked it up.

That’s good, said Bean. Lava flows, just like water.

Yup, said Ivy. But how are we going to get it to come out the top of the dirt?

They all thought about that for a minute.

I know, said Prairie, her eyes shining. Let’s stick him inside. She pointed to Isaiah. We dig a hole at the top, and then we bury him with the hose.

Isaiah looked worried.

If we bury him, said Bean, he won’t be able to breathe.

Isaiah nodded.

We’ll just dig a hole, said Leo. We won’t bury him.

It’ll be like a sacrifice to the gods, said Ivy in a dreamy voice.

I’m going home, said Isaiah. He ran.

Prairie caught him. She promised to give him her stuffed seal plus three glow-in-the-dark stickers. Also a lollipop the next time she got two. That was a

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  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (1/5)
    I hate that I need to pay I want to read!!!