Ivy and Bean: No News Is Good News (Ivy and Bean, #8)
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Ivy and Bean: No News Is Good News (Ivy & Bean #8)

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Ivy and Bean need some money. Ten dollars, to be exact. Never mind what for. Okay, it s for low-fat Belldeloon cheese in a special just-for you serving size. Don t ask why. How are Ivy and Bean going to make ten dollars? Hey, maybe they should write a newspaper about Pancake Court and sell it! Great idea! And easy, too. All they have to do is snoop around the neighborhood....more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published November 2nd 2011 by Chronicle Books (first published October 21st 2011)
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Donna Bills
Break out your favorite mini cheese snack encased in red wax and spend a few minutes with the latest Ivy and Bean adventure. When i was about 8, I thought I "discovered" the awesomeness of soft red wax from Gouda cheese as a modeling compound. I can totally sympathize with the two friends' obsession with obtaining the wonderful substance! Of course their thrifty parents see the small overpriced cheese balls as a luxury item a family on a budget can do without. So the girls set out to earn their...more
Carmen
May 12, 2014 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Parents; Kids
Shelves: children, fiction
Ivy and Bean are best friends. They may seem like opposites at first glance: Bean is small and dark, Ivy is a tall redhead. Bean uses bad language, plays practical jokes on people, loves to be outside, and isn't afraid of getting dirty. Ivy loves to read, is soft-spoken, and plans to be a witch when she grows up. Together they can accomplish anything.

Ivy and Bean have a problem. They are the only kids at school who don't get Mini Babybel cheese in their lunchbox. (In the book it is called Bellde...more
Cathe Olson
The Ivy + Bean series is so popular with the 2nd grade girls at my elementary school so I finally decided to read one myself. In this book, Ivy and Bean are desperate to get some lowfat Belldeloon cheese in a special just-for-you-serving size that's all the rage at their school. They don't care about the cheese, it's the wax coating that all the kids playing with that they covet. Since their parents refuse to buy the expensive snack, they decide to raise the money by selling newspaper subscripti...more
nicole
Sometimes I can't believe what these girls get away with.

Loved Bean's Dad's reaction to their very unflattering neighborhood newspaper... until he realized the neighbors had read it too. Meanwhile Ivy & Bean are a couple satisfied hellions, chomping on their cheese. I also love that the entire premise of a book can revolve around a childhood obsession with cheese wax. Ah, elementary school trends, how you mystify and delight.
Leslie
Natalya was 6 or 7 when we picked up the first Ivy+Bean book by Annie Barrows. N has since moved onto Teen shelves, but I still try to keep up on “the two friends who never meant to like each other” and their adventures. First, the books are just that delightful. Second, Sophie Blackall is one of my favorite Illustrators (as many of you know). There are a lot of fun chapter books for the 6-10 age group. If you need to narrow it down: Ivy + Bean has and continues-to-be brilliant. Check them out.

N...more
Irene
Feb 05, 2013 Irene rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like earlier books in the series
Shelves: children
After reading the first four books in this series more or less in order, it occurred to me that after you read the first book, in which Ivy and Bean meet, there really is no need to read the rest of the books in order. The girls are second graders in all the books, and each book describes a stand-alone incident spanning no more than a few days. So, even though I haven't read all the books through Book 7 yet, I picked up Book 8 because it was available at the library. I don't think I'm missing ou...more
Gail Gauthier
I love Ivy and Bean.

"Bean could be described as a Junie B. and Clementine type of child in that she tends to go her own way. Her creator describes her as "loud and wild." The difference between Bean and the other leads in the big, girl series is that Bean is comfortable with who she is. She isn't always anxiously interacting with adult characters who reassure her in some way or are involved in helping her learn a reassuring lesson. Most of Bean's interaction is with another child and not adults....more
Elisha Condie
Oh, how we love Ivy & Bean. Ivy is quiet, smart, well dressed, and has a potions lab in her room. Bean is loud, impatient, and so so funny. We all love these two girls. This is the latest Ivy & Bean book out and it took just a couple nights to get through - which was SAD because we all wanted it to last longer.

In this book the girls want to earn money to buy the little wax wrapped cheeses -they need that wax and their parents won't buy it. So they write a newspaper about their street...more
Jarrett
This one was not as terrible as #7, but still really lame. Man, this author lacks imagination. Ivy and Bean are contrived and, really, pretty dull characters. Their goal in this one was to raise enough money to buy cheese wrapped in wax because they wanted the wax to play with. When they weren't complaining about being bored (does Barrows have any idea how boring it is to read about bored kids?), they were having more fake, badly written conversations. They decide to start a newspaper and get st...more
Sheri
This is a cute book from a series of early readers or first chapter books. It is an interesting story about cheese and how to make money to buy some. On the theme of earning money and honoring
your subscriptions. They write a neighborhood newsletter. Cute and good for first and second grade to suggest reading chapter book series.
Penni Russon
This was a hoot! This is the second one we've read, and we loved it, more than the first (which was the first). Lots of laugh out loud moments, and some truly great dialogue. I love the suburban setting, the ordinariness, and that the colour and richness and humour come from gentle, credible set ups.
Danielle
Ivy and Bean are at it again, but this time it’s all in the name of cheese. Well, maybe not cheese, but definitely the delightfully fun and very versatile red wax wrapper around the outside of low-fat Belldeloon cheese in a special just-for-you serving size. Everyone at school has them with their lunch except for Ivy and Bean, but they’re on a mission. After Bean’s dad suggests a neighborhood newspaper the girls set out to discover exactly what goes on in the lives of their neighbors, even if th...more
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Everyday at lunch, Ivy and Bean watch in envy and agony as fellow students unwrap Belldeloon cheese from its wonderful red wax cover. No one eats the cheese, but everyone plays with the lovely red wax. Oh, how Ivy and Bean wish they could have some "Belldeloon cheese in a special just-for-you serving size." Alas, their parents won't buy it. At a suggestion from Bean's father, the girls sell subscriptions to a Pancake Court newspaper penned by none other than Ivy and Bean. To find news, the girls...more
Charolette
I liked this book because the mother's would not give in to Ivy and Bean's continuous request for the cheese wrapped in the "just for you size". In the mother's opinion the cheese was not worth the cost but the wax was worth more to Ivy and Bean. In an effort to get the needed money they were told the story about the neighborhood newspaper that told all the recent news. This was the perfect opportunity for Ivy and Bean to get the needed money for the cheese and learn what it would be like to loo...more
Marya
I always love the parents here and their different styles. Bean's mom can figure out she's being played and gets supremely annoyed by it (I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THAT CHEESE!). She's the one with rules and the one who ends up having to stick it to the girls most of the time as the most involved parent. Ivy's mom also figures out she's being played, but seems more bemused by it than anything else. Ivy's mom floats in and out of the series, pleasant but not overly connected to anything. Bean's...more
Stephanie Sterling
#8 gets a mention because it made me laugh so hard I could barely get the words out.
Lisa
The first book was pretty good. We all enjoyed it. This one wasn't good. Right off the bat the author starts comparing wax from cheese to "boogers". I'm sorry, but why all the talk of "boogers"? That word really grosses me out, so we just don't use that word up in this piece. Do eight-year-olds need to be grossed out to enjoy reading? NO! Eight-year-olds are cool and intelligent and do not need the constant references to nose-picking. A cheap move, in my opinion. Please don't insult our eight-ye...more
Christina
The kids and I laughed a lot when we read this together.
Amanda
This is a great book it is a great book for kids 6-10
Annie Schick
My favorite yet!
Amy
Annie Barrows just keeps coming up with some of the cutest storylines. I loved this one because Ivy and Bean help deliver newspapers in this one! I did that when I was a kid too! What a girl will do for a little money to buy snacks (my case, not theirs!) Ivy and Bean desperately want to be able to buy the little baby bel cheese in the red wax. Not to eat the cheese, but for the wax of course! I've read this series with a third grade girl who didn't like to read before and now can't get enough.
Donald
One of the best in the series so far! The girls need to earn money for some cheese they want, specifically, "Lowfat Belldeloon cheese in a special just-for-you serving size". They don't want it for the cheese, they want it for the red wax! To earn the money, the create a newspaper for their neighborhood and in the process, get into a bit of mischief! A cute adventure and a great project idea for kids!
Ann Williams
I love this series, I really do, and I love Annie Barrows, she is a great author and friendly with her readers. This latest installment in the series isn't my favorite. Ivy and Bean aren't being nice and they certainly needed to learn a lesson at the end, but I'm not sure that they did. What type of ending would you have at the end of this book? Read it and then rewrite the ending!
Grandma
The book started out well, with the father requiring Ivy and Bean to give their customers something of value for their money. But I had to give this book 3 stars instead of 5, for modeling behavior that wasn't just silly, but violent and dangerous instead, with no consequences. I expected some restitution to be made. They got off too easy.
Dolores
They're at it again, as the craziest pair on Pancake court set out to get the scoop and put out a paper in an effort to earn enough money to purchase cheese--or at least the wax that's around the cheese. These two cannot just report the news, of course. They create havoc wherever they go. Hilarious as always.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Ivy & Bean are together again and this time they need to find a way to purchase cheese - yep, the kind that comes encased in red wax. With an idea from Bean's dad the girls sell and create a newspaper. And do it all in classic Ivy & Bean style. Loved this one. Now off to mail it to a friend's daughter.
Holly Letson
Sadly, this is the last of this series that our library had, so I won't be reading any more of this series for awhile.

Oh, the things that Ivy & Bean will do to get some hoop cheese! But, it's not even about the cheese... just the red wax.

Exposing the entire neighborhood has never been so fun!
Shelli
The quirky humor of Ivy and Bean always makes for a fun read. How far will Ivy and Bean go to obtain the much coveted Lowfat Belldeloon cheese in a special just-for-you serving size? After reading this one with my daughter I can't wait to move onto the original kid spy: Harriet The Spy.
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Annie grew up in Northern California, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, with a degree in Medieval History. Unable to find a job in the middle ages, she decided upon a career as an editor, eventually landing at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, where she was in charge of "all the books that nobody in their right mind would publish." After earning an M.F.A. in Creative Wri...more
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