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Ivy and Bean (Ivy & Bean #1)

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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 April 20th 2006)
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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
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
Katherine Willis 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
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
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
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
May 10, 2014 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
Shelves: children, fiction
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
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
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...
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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The Library Lady
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".
Auntie J
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.
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.
Sammie Pedersen
Ivy and Bean was a cute story of two neighbor girls that at first didn’t think they would like each other but then quickly realized how wrong they were. When Bean was about to get in trouble one day for playing pranks on her older sister, she didn’t like her older sister, Ivy told bean to hurry and lead her into her secret hiding spot where no one would find her, this way she wouldn’t get in trouble. Ivy just happened to be wearing a black robe and had a wand, because she claimed to be a witch t ...more
This weekend I babysat two girls, 3 and 6, and we went to the local library. The older girl told me that I should read Ivy and Bean because it looked cute and she had been wanting to read it. So, I decided to listen to her and see if it was really was a good read (pun intended).

Ivy and Bean is a series of books about two girls that are neighbors and their adventures. This first book is all about how they meet and become friends. The book was a great transition book from picture books to chapter
Throughout many years of nannying I have gotten to know Ivy and Bean quite well but somehow missed reading the beginning of the series so it was extremely fun for me to see where the adventures of Ivy and Bean really began. Having experienced the girl's friendship further down the road, I was surprised to see their initial hesitation upon their mother's suggestion that they get to know each other. But then again, at their age I was persistent on doing the opposite of whatever my mother suggested ...more
Chelsea N. Smith
Ivy + Bean is a great transitional book for young readers. It has a great opening that hooks the reader right off the bat. You are first introduced to Bean, who is an adventure seeking, tree climbing, fun loving little girl. Her mother encourages her to play with the new girl, Ivy, across the street. Bean takes one look at Ivy and knows for a fact they will NOT be friends. Ivy always wears dresses and loves to read! Nothing like Bean. However, something happens that pulls the two girls together. ...more
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.
I read this one because I'm working with some primary grade teachers with their gifted readers and wanted to be current with some younger kids' books. I thought a good theme would be books that feature strong, spunky girls (I was working with a 1st grade girl). Well, this book definitely fits into that theme! Ivy and Bean never thought they could be friends, but after one of Bean's pranks, Ivy, who watched the whole thing, encourages her to hide. Bean realizes Ivy isn't at boring as she thought, ...more
Holly Hamilton
I love this book and the whole series. It's very cute and my girls love it. It is an easy reader...grade level is 3.2, but it is good to read for homework and such. I recommend this book to people with girls that love books about silly friendships. It does have magical things in it, so if that bothers you, don't read it.
Elisha Condie
I picked up a little boxed set of these in the hopes of getting my 5 year old into chapter books. It worked perfectly! Bwah ha ha ha!
Ivy & Bean are two little 2nd grade girls who have big imaginations and get into trouble. Bean has short hair and a goofy temper and is always trying to teach her sister Nancy a lesson. Ivy has long red hair in a hairband and is studying to be a witch. This little book took us only 3 nights to read and each night when I would try to leave my daughter would b
Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows (2007)
Genre: Fiction
Format: Book
Plot summary:When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory (strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc.): NO special considerations
Review citation (if available):School Library Journal, April 2007 v53 i4 pS44(1)
Section source used to
This generations Ramona, this is a great story that my daughter actually enjoys reading to herself.
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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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