Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go (Ivy and Bean, #2)
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Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go (Ivy & Bean #2)

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Best friends Ivy and Bean are back and looking for adventure in the second installment of this engaging new series. This time they've made an amazing discoverya ghost in the school bathroom! Ivy and Bean can see its cloudy form and its glowing eyes. They can hear its moaning voice. This is the best thing that ever happened at schooluntil the teachers find out. Now Ivy and...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 5th 2007 by Chronicle Books (first published March 1st 2006)
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Carmen
May 11, 2014 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents; Kids
Shelves: children, fiction
The title is a pun. The ghost does need to go (be expelled) but he or she is also living in the girls' bathroom, and therefore might have to go. GET IT?!!?! LOL

Ivy and Bean, best friends, face a new challenge when a ghost appears in the girls' bathroom of Emerson School.

Haha, not really. Ivy just doesn't want to admit that she doesn't know how to do a cartwheel, so she makes up a ghost to distract everyone. It's believable because there is a mist outside the bathroom sometimes, and it feels cold...more
Irene
Feb 03, 2013 Irene rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Not 1st graders, maybe 3rd graders if it's not too easy for them
Shelves: children
*** Warning: This review contains spoilers! ***

Two stars seems too low, but in Goodreads it's labeled as "it was ok", and that is how I feel about the book. (On Amazon, "It's OK" translates to 3 stars.)

First off, I have to give this book praise because it is the first chapter book that Isabelle read all on her own, cover to cover. She got it as a gift, and though she was at first indifferent to it, once she picked it up, she read the entire book in one sitting. She is now very excited to go back...more
Alice
I don't think their was really a ghost haunting the girls bathroom. It was probably just a cool gust of wind or a breeze. Who knows, it could be haunted.
Jackie
Jun 08, 2010 Jackie added it
so far I like it but I dont have enough information to tell you about it.
Blair Herron
Transitional Reader Book:

I read the first book in the series for fun over the summer and since I enjoyed it so much I chose to read the second installment as my transitional reader book. The series follows two girls who are very different but still best friends, Ivy and Bean. They do have one very similar interest though and that is their love for mischief. In this book Ivy discovers a ghost in the girls bathroom at their school. She of course immediately tells Bean so that they can find a way t...more
Jennifer
Neither the character development nor the illustrations were quite as compelling as in the first book, but it remains head and shoulders better than those beginning-chapter book standbys, Magic Tree House and Junie B. Jones. Volume 2 does benefit from having a boy character appearing periodically, but the series probably remains too feminine with the partially pink cover to convince many boys to try it, which will certainly be their loss. Ivy and Bean remain two wonderful kids who overflow with...more
Teresa
i don't necessarily love these books for jayda, but they're not bad either. i think they're fun, imaginative stories for girls this age, but i'm not a fan of them doing mean things to other kids, even if said kid "deserves" it. i would much rather see them take the high road, or ignore the "bully." i guess as a mother, i just want the protagonist of a children's book to be someone that my kid can look up to, especially when it comes to attitude and behavior. it's hard enough just sending them to...more
Dorothy LaBar
Although Heidi enjoys the stories for the most part, we have way too many conversations about the poor behavior (e.g. cutting her sleeping sister's hair) and language ("shut-up!", etc) coming from Bean. These should be entitled "Ivy & Bean Can Be Quite Mean!". I think there are much better books out there if you want mystery that still manage to set a good example for kids (the original Boxcar Children set for one...warning: we find the "new" prequel to come short of the originals).
Yolanda
I was very disturbed about the story discussing graves under schools and ghosts that were miserable, sad, etc. Not exactly what I would call uplifting and appropriate reading for a my daugher who is 7 years old. Call me old fashioned (which is an oxymoron because I tend to me quite progressive) but this is just not something I want my little girl reading and I just threw it in the trash. Next time maybe I should read each book I buy for her ahead of time.
Jenn
I read this aloud to my 6 & 8 year old. I loved how it kept their attention because they were intrigued by the ghost, but I don't think the overall message of the book was great for their age. They pretty much lied about a ghost to all of their friends and went behind their dear teachers back to try and expell it. I think Katy Kazoo is a better choice for this age...
Kimberly Ward
I thought this book was inappropriate for the 1st and 2nd grade reader. In this book Ivy and Bean think there is a ghost in the school bathroom and the spot on floor is a portal to the underworld. I think that this book could scare some younger kids because the book never addresses that there really was not a ghost in the bathroom. Didn't like this one.
Alfreda Morrissey
The writing style is cute and funny. The characters are likable and quirky.

I read it to my girls age 4 and 6. It did manage to hold their attention, if we were in the car or waiting in line, but they did not beg for more. There as no suspense to keep them wanting to find out what happened next. They were disappointed that it didn't start off where the first one finished. In the first one, they were planning to make a potion at the end of the book. They asked me to get the second one, then it st...more
Johnny
This second installment in the Ivy and Bean series is fine, but really nothing super special. The plot is a little thin, and my daughter didn't love the half-toned hijinks as much as the first one.
Diane
Ivy and Bean spread the rumor that there is a ghost in the girl's bathroom. After it gets back to the teacher, she tells them that while imagination is important "some stories can be harmful to others and that means we have to use our imaginations responsibly and respectfully." So Ivy and Bean decide to expel the ghost with a potion. Their final touch is to give the ghost presents for its trip back. They decide to flush them down the toilet. The toilet overflows and they lie to a teacher about w...more
Kelsey
Ivy and her best friend Bean were doing cartwheels and backbends in the schoolyard when Ivy said she heard something in the bathroom stalls of Emerson School. Bean looked in the direction that Ivy was pointing. They had a Liquid Oath to tell each other every secret, so when Ivy tells everyone she sees a ghost; Bean is the first one to believe her. Pretty soon, all of the second graders were watching the cloudy, milky mist go in and out of the bathroom instead of playing at recess. The teachers d...more
Dolly
Nov 06, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is the second book in the Ivy & Bean series by Annie Barrows. We'd listened to one other story in the series and I wasn't overly impressed, but since it was close to Halloween and this book had a ghostly theme, I thought I'd give it another try.

We listened to this book narrated by Cassandra Morris on audio CD while we were on a long car drive to a national park. The story was engaging and entertaining, but I found myself being irritated with the characters in the story.

I think the mai...more
Jarrett
Fran and I blew through this next installment in the Ivy and Bean series. Definitely better than the first one - I like Ivy's imagination and their friendship is fun. I don't like the senseless cruelty Bean shows her sister Nancy. I understand that sibling enmity can get intense, but I don't feel like we've seen enough of Nancy at all to warrant the cruel things that Bean says about her sister. Also, I don't entirely believe that Bean would be like that all the time to her sister. There's someth...more
Tiana Coffee
What I thought of of Ivy and Bean the ghost that had to go was I thought it was a really good book.I thought it was a good book because its a funny book and a really creative book too.in the book it talks about a ghost being in the bathroom at Emerson School.When Ivy and Bean find out that there's a ghost in the bathroom they try to keep it a secret from there friends and then they also make a potion to expel the ghost.So thats what I thought of Ivy and Bean the ghost that had to go.
Brylee Ure
That ghost I hope it is gone so then any teachers won't get mad. The book was great I can not find a book that is not good that is awesome!
Victoria Whipple
The further adventures of Ivy & Bean, where they try to help a ghost return to it's proper domain. Like most elementary schools, Ivy & Bean's has a ghost in the girls bathroom. Many claim to have seen the ghost, especially after Ivy describes it so well. Their teacher tells them they must not talk about the ghost any more, so they decide to send it back to its resting place. With the help of Ivy's potion book, as well as most of the second grade, the girls concoct a potion and a ritual t...more
Mellodi Parks
Fantastic second book. I am off to read more! I hope everyone else enjoys these books as well. Happy reading!
Alyssa
I thought this book was a good book! I liked the title of this book the best all because it is about a ghost in the girl's bathroom. I could say I am very Excited to read book called Ivy and Bean Break the fossil record which is book 3.
Emmi
I think that Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go is really funny, especially the part when the toilet overflows in the girls' bathroom and Mrs. Noble gets mad. The pictures are really nice, and I like the way everybody's eyes look when they are staring at the ghost. I also enjoyed when Bean snipped Nancy's hair in the middle of the night for a potion. I love Ivy's bedroom! The first book talks about it more and shows a great picture of it, though. Read Book 1 and you will understand Book 2...more
Ellyn
This is a great series for readers who are ready to move on from Junie B. Jones but not yet ready for Ramona Quimby. Ivy, a quiet bookworm, and Bean, outgoing and energetic, are best friends. In this installment, Ivy makes up a story about a ghost in the girls bathroom that spreads like wildfire through their class. When kids refuse to use the bathroom, Ivy and Bean must come up with a way to get rid of the "ghost." This series is delightful and I especially like how the author gets the language...more
Derek Mahar
Sophia thought that this book was fun, great, and spooky!
Manny
How do you read the book what do I do?
Amelia
the book was so AWESOME!!!!!!
Marie
meh. The kids (age 7 and 8) were less engaged with this book - the 3rd we've read from this series. However, they loved the others so much that we will continue reading the series.
Kelsey
May 17, 2014 Kelsey added it
good book
Jennifer

This is my second Ivy and Bean book (read book 1). Best friends Ivy and Bean have discovered a ghost in their school bathroom.

It was a cute read. I read it to my 6 year old niece (her choice). And she seemed to like it.

It was a bit of an odd topic for a children's book (ghost and graves under the school). Also the kids do potions and spells again (I found this was sort of odd in book 1 too).

But it's all in good fun. And the book is funny. These two kids are definitely a handful! Fun read!
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