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Ivy and Bean (Ivy & Bean #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  10,875 Ratings  ·  962 Reviews
The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide quickly, Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charming and addictive introduction to Ivy and Bean.
ebook, 120 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Chronicle Books (CA) (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sep 05, 2011 Miriam rated it it was ok
Shelves: younger, realism
Cute friendship story about two different little girls learning to appreciate each. I would have liked it better if Bean hadn't been such an obnoxious little brat. I liked Ivy but Bean I wanted to slap. I vastly prefer a child protagonist like Ramona who gets in trouble because of misunderstandings or poor judgment (in ways that are totally natural for a kid her age) rather than being deliberately bad. I had a lot more sympathy for Nancy the older sister and the "mean" neighbor than I did for Be ...more
Jun 27, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Reading the series with my 7 year old daughter. :)
Dawn Michelle
I bought this book for my 5 year old niece and wanted to read it before giving it to her; WHAT an adorable little book!!! I loved reading it and she will love having it and learning to read it. It will be so much fun to get her the rest of the series!
Mar 07, 2013 Nathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, children
I picked up this book because it landed on so many good children's book lists. And while it wasn't a terrible book, it wasn't very good either. The lone redeemable quality of the book was the friendship that developed between Ivy and Bean, when it initially appeared that the two had very little in common. Ivy was the prim and proper book-reader and Bean, the puddle-splashing rabble-rouser.

However, it was what the relationship formed around that was troubling. The two become friends when Ivy help
** 3/5/17 $.99 for Kindle **

Cute. A day in the life of mischievous and imaginative girls.

My tutoring student loved this book - she's in the 4th grade reading about at the 2nd grade level. Good early chapter book - font is large, frequent pictures.
Apr 13, 2016 Mariah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide quickly, Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charming and addictive introduction to Ivy and Bean."

This was a cute story and I excited to read it with my students.
Katherine Pershey
I was pretty disappointed... I was hopeful that this series would help Juliette break out of her neverending Rainbow Magic obsession. She liked it, but I didn't. I guess I appreciate that the characters are fairly realistic children, and I did love the illustrations. But, an awful lot of unkind language (dumb, stupid, booger-head) and behavior. Not that I want all children's books to be moralistic, but really: I do not really need her looking up to a character who throws a handful of worms at he ...more
Jun 01, 2009 Deb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am very mixed about this. It is a great starting point for beginning readers because of the illustrations on every other page, but it is definitely not a book I want to read to my daughter. Like with Junie B. Jones, I don't like reading out loud about girls who aspire to make trouble. But as a "see I'm not the only one" find for kids it has a place in comforting kids who feel misunderstood or alone or whatever. I will have to reread some Ramona books to see how I feel about those as a grown up ...more
Coreena McBurnie
I had heard so much about these books from kids. Last year, my son read all that he could get his hands on. My son's friends talk about them because their teacher is reading them to the class. They all say how much they love these books, how funny they are, how much they love when the teacher reads them. We were at the book store and my son wanted me to buy him one, so I did. When his older brother said: What do you want that for? It's a girls' book. My younger son turned around and said: No, it ...more
May 10, 2014 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
This is a great book for children, aged 6,7,8.

Ivy and Bean are opposites...or at least Bean (born Bernice) thinks that they are. Until certain circumstances let her get to know Ivy better.

The illustrations in this book are great, although sometimes ugly. There is one picture where Bean looks just like a demon, and it gives me the heebie-jeebies. The artist plays up Ivy and Bean's differences by representing them physically: Ivy is taller, with long, red hair. Bean is short and dark with dark, sh
Oct 23, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Cheryl
This book was recommended to my niece, nephew, and me by Cheryl in CCNV, and it was a good recommendation! My niece loved this book! I think she identified with the main characters. She understood their friendship and their motivations, and enjoyed the growth of their relationship. She was excited by the story almost immediately, and urged me to read multiple chapters to her in one sitting, which is rare.

My nephew also listened to the story, and he seemed to enjoy it to a certain extent. He seem
May 03, 2012 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
I made the mistake of not previewing this book before reading aloud to my kids! Someone recommended it to us, so I didn't hesitate to start reading this book with the cute cover. It starts out innocently about two very different girls who don't think they would like each other and then become good friends. That's about the only good thing about this book. Bean is trouble - she lies, steals & runs away. This book uses "name calling" words that I would rather not add to my children's vocabular ...more
Oct 08, 2008 Stacie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to my five-year-old daughter, and we both giggled our way through the entire read. The dialogue and characters were delightful, but more than that, the book had a very good lesson--don't judge people based on appearances and pre-conceived notions. The main character, Bean, doesn't want to befriend her new neighbor, despite her mother's urgings, because she thinks the new gal is "boring" and too girly. By the end of the book, however, Bean and Ivy have become fast friends...
Jun 15, 2013 Kristy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are by far our favorite young-reader chapter books. The 8th book is our favorite--if you only read one of the series, read that one, it makes me laugh so hard I have to stop reading to catch my breath. We're always looking for another series as good as this one. Kate makes me read a chapter every night before bed, we work our way through all 9 books then start again.
Jan 04, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter loves this series. At first the name calling the characters do seemed inappropriate but now I see it as realistic and the kids relate to it so c'est la vie.
Eleanor read these books...

Dad: Eleanor, how long ago did you first read these books?

Eleanor: Um... The first time I read it was when I was in Pre-School. ...Well, I listened to it when I was in Pre-School.

Dad: How many years ago was that?

Eleanor: Five.

*I can't believe it's been five years since Pre-School. I can't believe it's been 5 years since she's first read these books. Crazy.*

Dad: Eleanor, do you still like them?

Eleanor: Yes. I do still like them.

Dad: When was the last time you'd listene
This is a sweet story about friendship and how it can be found in people you might not expect or welcome into your life, and that it can be forged by letting your imagination go! Ivy and Bean are two little girls who live across the street from each other, with mothers who keep encouraging them to become friends. Bean who likes to climb trees, have adventures and says reading books makes her "jumpy" thinks that Ivy must be boring because she sits on her front porch in a dress reading books every ...more
Beverly Kennett
I listened to this story on CD.

Ivy and Bean live on the same block and their mother's encourage them to become friends, yet both girl's are reluctant. They see each other as opposites. Ivy wears dresses often, reads many books and seems content entertaining herself, while Bean wears shorts and t-shirts, prefers to play in large groups of children of all ages, and constantly and often purposefully antagonizes her older sister. After a chance encounter, Ivy begins to help Bean hide from her parent
Jan 30, 2015 Anu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Just ihana!"
Samalla kadulla asustavat Isa ja Bea eivät ole halunneet tutustua toisiinsa äitiensä tuputuksesta huolimatta/johtuen. Kun tytöt sitten olosuhteiden pakosta joutuvat yhteen,niin yllätyksekseen he huomaavat löytäneensä todellisen sielunkumppanin. Rasavillillä Bealla on yhtä ja toista hampaankolossa rasittavaa varhaisteini-isosiskoa vastaan ja koska Isa aikoo isona noidaksi, on itsestään selvää, että inha isosisko päätyy monimutkaisten harjoitusloitsujen kohteeksi. Loitsuihin tarvitaa
Dec 21, 2012 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The main character Bean is one of the naughtiest children I've read about in awhile. I should have read the story myself before reading it with my daughter. I had to censor way too much of this book for a short 120 pager written for children. An example of a little girls making poor choices that hurt other people (stealing) and passing judgment with no information are not examples of a "heroin" I want to expose my daughters too.
On a positive note my daughter thought it was super funny. But of c
Ivy and Bean

2nd -5th grade

Blackall used black and white pencil drawings to tell the story which I thought perfectly represented the relationship between Ivy and Bean. This color choice stood for the differences between the girls yet black and white compliment each other very well as do the girls. The sentences are longer and take up much of the space on the page. The friendship story line is one that any child could appreciate but young girls may be more attracted to this book merely due to the
My daughter received the Ivy & Bean box set for her sixth birthday and we finished the first book in 3 nights. She loved it and cannot wait to start the next book. The concept of two very different little girls becoming close friends in spite of their differences is certainly attractive. I had to censor a bit of language in the book. There is a good amount of name calling (especially between Bean and older sister Nancy), and Bean is not particularly nice in the beginning of the book. My daug ...more
An endearing little story about Bean, her sister Nancy, and an across-the cul-de-sac neighbor, Ivy. At first, Bean thinks Ivy is boring, always wearing dresses and reading books. But when Bean finds out that Ivy is just as daring and devious as she is, they cook up some hair-brained schemes, potions, and spells. After all, it is all Bean's mother ever wanted...for Bean to be friends with 'the nice little girl' across the street.

Ivy and Bean is a humorous, delightful story about the trouble two
Jenny Brown
Aug 09, 2009 Jenny Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ivy and Bean may seem like unlikely buddies, but they complement each other beautifully. Bean's mother suggests an idea that’s usually the kiss of death for a new friendship: Why doesn’t Bean play with Ivy, the new girl across the street? “She seems like such a nice girl,” says Mom. Seven-year-old Bean tells her mother she already has plenty of friends (“Nice, Bean knew, is another word for boring”).

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Oct 12, 2016 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-the-children
Ivy + Bean is a solid book for kids! I thoroughly enjoyed the girls' first adventure of transforming Ivy into a witch and concocting a plan to get back at Bean's sister, Nancy. I wish I had these books around when I was a kid, because I have a feeling would have eaten them up!

While I'm a big fan of Judy Moody, Cam Jansen, Romona and Beezus, and Amber Brown, I think it's safe to say I'm adding Ivy + Bean to the bunch!
Dec 24, 2014 Shiloah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't very impressed with this one. It's a mix of part Clementine (who we love!) and part Junie B. Jones (who is too bratty for us to enjoy). I didn't appreciate the negativity and revenge seeking, and fun in being bad. I'd much rather my kids enjoy books that teach uplifting topics or positive ways to work through troubles, trials, and difficulties.
The Library Lady
Feb 27, 2008 The Library Lady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 8 year old is a very good reader, but she is reluctant to stretch or to try new series. But she liked this book and its sequels so much that she now OWNS copies of all of them.

A funny series for early novel readers. And for parents who insist on reading books to their kids better left TO their kids, this will be a welcome change from "Junie B".
Oct 21, 2014 Gracie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it was the best book i ever read because Bean pulls good pranks on Nancy. I like Bean the most because she is so funny. I also like Ivy too. I hope you like it. It was the best.
Aug 04, 2015 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute chapter book for 6-8yo. Daughter loved it. Thanks for the reco, Anne!
Amanda Sheila
Fun book about two girls and their friendship. Pretty good and easy to read, of course 'cause it's a child's book, but I think I liked it. i think I'll read the next book of the series.
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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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