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Ivy and Bean: Doomed to Dance (Ivy & Bean #6)

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Finally After months of begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want . . . well, not exactly. Much to their surprise, it turns out ballet lessons do not cover karate chops and roundhouse kicks. The girls have no interest in learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire balletcourse When i ...more
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Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents, Kids
Ivy and Bean are two girls who start out thinking they are opposites (in Book 1) but become best friends. Bean is the shorter, darker one. She loves practical jokes, uses "bad" (for a 7-year-old) language, loves mud, the outdoors, and playing Starving Orphans. Ivy is a soft-spoken redhead who always wears dresses and loves to read. Together they make a formidable team.

This is Book 6. It all begins when Ivy's grandmother sends her a book about ballet. Ivy and Bean quickly become fascinated with G
Dec 21, 2009 Serena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally, I don't review children's books, but I've made an exception (yes, they do happen). I remember buying a set of Ivy + Bean books for The Girl from Diary of an Eccentric because one of the books had to do with dinosaur fossils and I had read on someone's blog (not sure who) that these books were fantastic. The Girl, suffice to say, loved them and told me all about the straws up the nose and other little tidbits from her books.

In Ivy + Bean: Doomed to Dance, Ivy and Bean are typical second
Nov 26, 2012 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ooops. Ivy and Bean have made a terrible mistake. Wanting to be Wilis or Giselle in ballet class, they get stuck being friendly squids. What a bummer! Even more embarrassing! Yes, Ivy and Bean book (#4)Take Care of the Babysitter was good,but I think this is the best now.

Mary Ann
Don’t we all know kids who have begged, and I mean begged, for something? A puppy? a new toy? a glittering pair of shoes? Ivy and Bean, stars of the wildly popular chapter book series by Berkeley author Annie Barrows, are sure that ballet class is the perfect activity for them. They have seen amazing pictures of ballet dancers - Giselle kicks her pointed toe so fiercely toward the duke that she’s surely going to snap his head off! What kid wouldn’t want to do that?! So Ivy and Bean beg and beg a ...more
Jun 01, 2011 Cassie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star-books
I only rate a book one star if I think it was really bad. I feel bad for the book when I rate it one star. So here is the nicest summary that I can give, it is not the best book in the series. Ivy and bean are reading a book about dance moves and decide they want to go to a dance class. They get signed up and it turns out completly differenty than they expected. They thought they where going to learn the moves the book talked about and they weren't learning anything that was in the book. Then fo ...more
Mar 01, 2013 Irene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I dare say, I have very little to complain about in this one. :P I am almost tempted to give it 4 stars, but looking at my list of 4-star books, my enjoyment of this one just doesn't match up. Certainly I would have rated it 3 1/2 stars if I could.

In this book, Ivy and Bean are convinced that they will love ballet, and they beg their parents for lessons. Not surprisingly, they hate it. Fortunately, their parents had the foresight to allow them to take lessons only under one condition: The girls
IST 4th Graders
May 01, 2012 IST 4th Graders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ivy and bean is a really humorous and funny book. it all started when these girls read a book about a ballet called gissele. they started to like it and they joined ballet classes. the day when they went it was a torture flips, balancing etc. there was one girl who they were jealous of. she did every single of her move smoothly and steady. one their teacher told them that they are going to do a play the bad girl turned out to be the princess and the girls were squids. one they they got an idea. ...more
May 25, 2016 Bella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I liked this book. There was a part where they were reading in a book that if yon't clip your toenails when you are doing ballet, and you don't have bandaids, your feet will bleed through your ballet shoes!" -Bella, 7 years
Judi Paradis
Ivy and Bean join "Just Grace" and Clementine as the new fun characters in chapter books for kids in grades 2 to 4. They have big ideas that are just a little bit wrong much of the time. In this book, the girls decide to take ballet so they can be fierce warrior dancers--and beg until their moms agree. Ballet class is not what they imagined--it is boring beyond belief, and when they are cast as dancing squids in an underwater wedding ballet, they decide they need to get out. Should they run away ...more
Lili Martin
Jan 26, 2011 Lili Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a lot of humor in it. i just finished it. From this book you can learn that running away is more scary than you think as fun. it reminds me of a graphic novel i read last year. There was a lot of dancing in it. i just love it. I bet you'll love it too. The good part about this book is that if you don' get something just keep reading it then it will make more sence. Easy. The good part about it is that it only took me two days to read it, and I'm not a good reader. That is why I'm r ...more
Donna Jo Atwood
Dec 23, 2009 Donna Jo Atwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, humor, ballet
What happens when you are in second grade and your read a book about ballet where Giselle dances the prince to death. If you are Ivy and Bean you beg for dance lessons.
Of course, reality is boring, but they promised they wouldn't quit. Then they find out that for the recital they have to be really boring squids. It's time to run away from home. A class trip to the aquarium intervenes.
Ivy & Bean are the new Ramona Quimblys.
May 31, 2010 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I love Ivy & Bean...they're usually up to no good, but they're so cute doing it. Annie Barrows has definitely captured the "common sense" that 7 yr olds make of the world. For an adult many times that age, it's greatly refreshing to get a sense of the sheer imagination that children have.
Jun 18, 2011 nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: chapter_books, 2011
These girls are hellions. The best part is definitely when they try to get sick by rubbing other kids rashes and asking people to cough and sneeze on them. Was a teensy bit concerned when they tried to break their arms. Fortunately, they didn't succeed.
Jen Downey
Jul 13, 2016 Jen Downey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, we were staying in a beach town in a rented house. It was a hot day. Kids and those in possession of more years were cranky. I started reading this out loud to the younger kids in our crew as an alternative to the bickering and shoving that was going on. Within minutes, not only were the the erstwhile bickerers listening grinning, but the teens and adults in the room were also rapt. Rapt in a snickery, soon outright guffawing way. Soon, I couldn't make it to the end of the sentences withou ...more
Finally! After months of begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want . . . well, not exactly. Much to their surprise, it turns out ballet lessons do not cover karate chops and roundhouse kicks. The girls have no interest in learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire balletcourse! When it comes time for Ivy and Bean to participate in the ocean-themed class recital, the girls must figure out a way to get out ...more
Jun 07, 2016 Mrsmaxwell919 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This book is hilarious! Ivy and Bean decide that they absolutely must learn to dance, but it only takes one class before they realize that this was a terrible idea. Unfortunately, their parents made it very clear that there will be no quitting. When they realize there will be a recital, they hatch an amazing plan for escape. I couldn't stop laughing, and my son listened to the entire book in one sitting. This book is written at an end-of-second-grade level, and it makes a great read aloud for fi ...more
Matti Karjalainen
Annie Barrowsin "Isa + Bea : Tuomittu tanssimaan" (Twinsy, 2014) on kahdesta kaveruksesta kertovan kirjasarjan kuudes osa. Pisteet muuten siitä, että näitä voi lukea ihan itsenäisinä tarinoina.

Isa ja Bea ihastuvat balettiin, koska näyttää ihan siltä, että siinä potkittaisiin kunnolla. Vanhemmat suostuvatkin viemään tytöt balettitunnille, mikäli nämä lupaavat olla jättämättä harrastusta kesken ja olemaan nurisematta. Valitettavasti baletti ei olekaan niin hauskaa kuin Isa ja Bea olisivat ajatelle
Gizelle Rodriguez
Jul 09, 2012 Gizelle Rodriguez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i liked this book becuase it starts off in the middle of the story then tells the begging.Also this book shows what Ivy and Bean went through when they went to ballet.For example on page 1 Ivy states that its grandmas fault for sending her the book of ballet.Another example is that Ivy and Bean kept tripping in ballet class and they had to watch Dulce do all the moves (pg 26-27).also Ivy and Bean got stuck with being the squids (pg 34-35). If you love a funny book about two girls who love to try ...more
Tiana Coffee
What I thought of this book was i thought it was awesome book.The reason why I thought it was a awesome book is because its a really funny book.The reason why I think its so funny is because in Ivy and Bean doomed to dance Ivy and Bean are begging there mom to let them do ballet .So there mom lets them but only on one condition there moms says and that one condition is you can't complaint,cant quit,and you have to do all practices and dances.then when Ivy and Bean get there and meet there teache ...more
Nov 03, 2013 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ivy and Bean is bet friend. If you just look for title, you might think it is about math story, or weird story. Even me, I was thinking about strange story. But that was all wrong. Ivy has brown hair, and she always carefully (Only at first). Bean has black short hair, and she is so active girl. Now, they are best friend. Ivy was active, but she tried to hide that, or only Bean thought Ivy is quiet.

This story is about ballet, like the book cover shows. after read this book, I thought they are s
Emily Case
Oct 29, 2015 Emily Case rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edrd-314
Personally, I really enjoyed this book. I like the excitement the reader was able to experience along with the characters in the book. Having the book be about going to to dance class was something that I could also relate to as I did this too when I was also young. I feel like by having this connection made the book more interesting and wanting to read the book. The author did a good job grabbing the readers attention in the first couple of pages. Overall I thought that this was a really good b ...more
Nov 17, 2014 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: katelyn
At the very beginning, Ivy an Bean beg to dance. They didn't want to do any dance, they just wanted to do the dance called the Giselle. Then they got to go on a fieldtrip for school. They went to the aquarium. They got to a secret room that had a bunch of buttons as when they pushed the buttons an underwater animal appeared. I liked at the end web Ivy and Bean tried on their costumes because they looked really funny.
Nov 04, 2014 Kaylin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like ballet
Recommended to Kaylin by: No one
This is a very good book, it's shows how you shouldn't judge something by just one thing up you may think ballet has but they learned that they should have listened to there mom. I would give this book a 4/4 because it's very funny but a little not very understanding parts
Courtney Umlauf
After months of begging, the girls' parents have finally decided to let them take ballet lessons. But when Ivy and Bean find out what ballet class is really like (i.e. they're not going to immediately jump into Giselle and instead must impersonate kittens) they're ready to quit. Except they promised their parents they would finish the class with NO complaining. But that won't stop the two friends from trying to find a way out.

See my review of the series as a whole here.

**For basic reading compr
Feb 09, 2010 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary by: NYRA 2011 nominee
Very 2nd grade. I haven't read any of the other books but this one was really silly. An easy reader with no real plot.
Finally! After begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want...well, not exactly. Much to their surprise, it turns out ballet lessons do not include karate chops and roundhouse kicks to the villain's heart. The girls have no interest in learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire ballet course!
I love Ivy and Bean, but I felt like this one ended abruptly. My kids both said, "that's it? I think you missed some pages". I guess we hoped we'd get to see them go to the recital.
Great for beginning chapter book readers! Woiuld definitely recommend this series to my first and second grade girls.
May 15, 2014 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The girls loved it so much we did a do-over. We are also now starting at the beginning of the series.
Apr 07, 2014 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 6th book in the Ivy + Bean series. It is about when Ivy and Bean both really want to take dance class because of a ballet book that Ivy has.When their mom's sign them up and they get to the first class it is not like they imagined.Their recital is '' Wedding under the sea'' and Ivy and Bean are the two friendly squids while Dulice the really annoying girl in the class gets to be the mermaid. And when Ivy and Bean's class goes on a field trip to the aquarium they think it is the perfe ...more
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I really loved this Ivy + Bean book! Who hasn't begged to do something with lots and lots of "pretty pleases" only to find out that they've made a terrible mistake as soon as the much anticipated activity starts. Well, that's exactly what happens to Ivy and Bean when they decide that they simply have to take ballet lessons. They promise to stick with it through the first recital. That seemed like an easy thing to do. Little did they know! Now, the awesome duo must figure out how they can disable ...more
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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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“When grown-ups asked you to sit in a circle, they were usually about to tell you something you didn't want to hear. Ms. Aruba-Tate, Ivy and Bean's second-grade teacher, was forever gathering them in a circle for bad news. Like, the class fish died over the weekend. Or, everyone has to start using real punctuation. Or, the pencil sharpener is off-limits. Circles meant trouble.” 3 likes
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