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Ivy and Bean: Bound to be Bad (Ivy & Bean #5)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  1,611 ratings  ·  80 reviews
The adventures of Ivy and Bean continue in the latest installment from series creators Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall. In Ivy and Bean Bound to Be Bad the two girls decide to be so good and kind and pure of thought that wild animals will befriend them. When this doesn't work, they decide that perhaps a little badness can be good.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Chronicle Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents; kids
This is book 5 of Ivy and Bean, and it was HILARIOUS! I was laughing and laughing.

The title's a pun: Of course, Ivy and Bean are bound to be bad (as in acting out), but in this book they also end up tied up (literally) as a result of their bad behavior.

Bean is a wild little girl who plays jokes on people, has a smart mouth, and loves playing outside and getting dirty. Ivy wears dresses, reads tons of books, and is very soft-spoken. They are best friends and have many adventures together.

Bean is
This book was surprisingly... boring. Other books that I've read in this series all have a solid plot to drive the story along, but this one just seemed lacking.

Ivy was on a mission to be "pure of heart" in order to attract wild animals who would love her for her goodness. It seemed to me that Ivy's inspiration came from having seen a picture of St. Francis of Assisi, and it would have been nice if the book had mentioned him by name, like how Book 3 mentioned Mary Anning by name. Anyway, Ivy dec
Jun 25, 2015 Dolly rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read chapter books
Shelves: 2015, childrens, humor
This is the fifth book in the Ivy + Bean series by Annie Barrows. We've listened to a couple of books in the series on audio CD, but we just never really got into them.

I know for sure that I don't like some of the things that the girls do and I would highly discourage our girls from copying them. I really dislike how Bean and her sister treat each other. And while the relationships between the children in the neighborhood seem sincere, it's not exactly model behavior.

We owned this book, but I do
Since our granddaughters enjoyed this delightful series so much, I decided to read the books also. Many of Ivy's and Beans's characteristics remind me of our fun granddaughters.
Too naughty. My oldest daughter suggested we read something else (ie: not Ivy and Bean #6) midway through this book. We did vastly enjoy the quiz at the end.
Alfreda Morrissey
This was the best Ivy & Bean since the first one. Both my 5 & 7 year old loved it. My 7 year old, who usually has an aversion to chapter books, even asked to have more read over a picture book.

They really loved the concept of kids acting badly on purpose. It was not laugh out loud funny, but I could see they took a gleeful pleasure in the events as Bean tried to be increasingly bad.

As a mother, I liked how the stuff they did was never really all that bad, no matter how hard they tried.
NS- Sarah
I had never heard of this series but I have to say that I think it is precious. The Ivy and Bean books are small in size, chapter books for younger readers, include some pictures and are fun while maintaining realism. I think 2-5 grade girls would have fun reading the Ivy and Bean series. I found the fifth book so it would have been nice to have already read the previous four but nonetheless I was entertained by "Bound to be Bad." Bean is sort of the "bad" girl and Ivy is known to always be good ...more
Like I have said about the other four books, I'm not a big fan, but my daughter is! This one is rough for my parenting style - kids being bad on purpose. Geez. I want to put the kibosh on #6, but I guess you have to pick your battles...
i read this book in two days. you know what i didnt like i didnt like crummy matt.
i really liked when bean made a volcano out of dirt at sophie's house. nothing else. this is my favorite ivy and bean book that i have read so far.
Leta Blake
Loved it! Kid and I rolled laughing!
The main character name was bean and her best friend name was Ivy. They were a good friend. One day Bean found Ivy stood on the grass and motionless. And when Bean asked her that " what are you doing?" And Ivy's answer was I want to be friend with animals. And If I stand still then birds, fox and other animals will come together. And Bean followed.
In that village there was a bad big mean boy everyone afraid of him. But, one day bean and Ivy talked to the boy. He made Ivy and bean looked terribl
Lisa Cindrich
Have really enjoyed the Ivy and Bean series so far and this is my favorite. Actually ended up reading it twice to myself in addition to reading it to my daughter because the story is so clever and the characterizations so delightful. HIGHLY recommend. A charmer.
Coraleigh Shreeve
I loved this book it gave me and instinct of going outside and playing games with friends and siblings. Even though I am 13 years old I think that this book is for all ages!!
Gigi Berry
I loved this book it gave me and instinct of going outside and playing games with friends and siblings. Even though I am 13 years old I think that this book is for all ages!!
Hauska tämäkin. "Hauskoja, mutta vähän ehkä hassuja koululaisiksi. Vilauksessa luettu kumminkin" sanoi tuleva kolmasluokkalainen.
Mellodi Parks
Such a cute little children's series. I am enjoying it as an adult reader who was looking for something different to read. I've found through reading this series that I maybe did some of these things as a small child as well. I can picture each thing happening in the book as me. It is almost like reading a bit into my own memory lane. Off to go finish the rest of these! Give Ivy and Bean books a read, won't you?
This was a delightful little book! I was surprised at how witty and cheeky it was. It is part of a series of Ivy and Bean books written by Annie Barrows, niece of and collaborator with Mary Ann Shaffer (of Guernsey Literary Society fame). I checked it out in an attempt to get a well-rounded look at the authors. My 6-year-old particularly found it hilarious, but the humor was sophisticated enough to draw me in as well. Definitely best for the 1st to 3rd-grade set. We plan on reading more in the s ...more
This is the 5th book in the series Ivy and Bean.It is about two girls named Ivy and Bean who are best friends they both live on the street ''Pancake Court''.When Ivy and Bean want the animals to realize how ''good hearted '' they are they try to be nice and quiet.When this doesn't work Ivy has a suggestion to have Bean be bad and than change her into ''goodhearted''.So when Bean starts to be bad every one on the street joins in by, spiting in flowers,throwing shoes on people's roofs', and sprayi ...more
I will probably buy this series for our school library this year.
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Ivy stands outside with her arms up and thinks positive thoughts. She is trying to get birds to land on her arms, because if they do, it means that she has pure thoughts and a pure heart. Bean tries it too, but she definitely does not have enough patience. When the birds don't come, Ivy tries a different tactic. She has Bean do bad things, and, then, she rescues her and persuades her to reform. No birds. The "badness" becomes contagious and soon all the kids of Pancake Court are competing with e ...more
Derek Mahar
Sophia thought that this book was so bad it was good!
Sep 10, 2015 Grace added it
I loved them.
I loved this book.It was very interesting.I recommend this book for people who are bored and they want to read a book that has somethings that people have done when they were bored.This is my review,Bean was bored on her front porch waiting for something exciting to happen.She heard Ivy playing in her backyard.Bean saw what she was doing but didn't understand it.She was standing still.Ivy turned around and explained what she was doing.If you want to know what she was doing read the book.
This book could spark a discussion on what it means to be bad...or be bullied...or it could just be enjoyed as a fun little romp. There is plenty of room for interpretation, but it will be up to the adult to begin that discussion and fully engage the child.

Bonus points for Ivy's assessment of Snow White being stupid because everyone knows you don't accept gifts from strangers (and the conclusion that Snow White's helpful bird friends simply pitied the dumb broad). :)
Hysterical! My daughter and I laughed till we cried. Ivy and Bean try to think good thoughts and be pure of heart so that animals will follow them all around; similar to Snow White. When that doesn't work they decide to just be bad really really bad then reform and the animals will love them for such drastic improvements. Love this series. Great books for young readers or to share with your children or students.

it was funny
Sam Bloom
I really can't say enough about these books. Ivy and Bean are just so much fun together as characters, and that's really a testament to not only Barrows' writing but Sophie Blackall's fantastic illustrations. Book 5 is, much like the first four, mostly devoid of plot, but it doesn't matter because the girls are so funny, lovable and real.
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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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