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Ivy and Bean: No News Is Good News (Ivy and Bean, #8)
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 re
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Dec 07, 2011
Bink & Gollie (Bink & Gollie, #1)
I read this as soon as it came out in 2010. Several of my most trusty kid-lit sources were likening it to the very best early-reader pals ––Frog & ...more
Sep 13, 2010
Aug 16, 2010
Ivy and Bean: What's the Big Idea? (Ivy and Bean, #7)
Book 7 begins thusly: illustration of Bean standing, stapler in hand, before a large window. She peers upward, pleased by the crumpled mass of drapes ...more
Sep 20, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
Two for One (Bink & Gollie, #2)
For a book of few words, Bink & Gollie inspired a lofty wordcount from me. Read my review of Book 1 by clicking here; it sums up much of how I fe ...more
Jul 26, 2013
Jul 26, 2013
Ivy and Bean (Ivy and Bean, #1)
I'm not sure why I waited so long to read these. I guess, like Bean being told to hang out with Ivy, I just wasn't interested. The books looked... cut ...more
Dec 23, 2010
Dec 22, 2010
Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter (Ivy and Bean, #4)
...I kinda felt bad for Nancy in this one.

Loved the (especially Bean's) crazed expressions throughout. You know a book's gonna be good when you open i
Jan 07, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
Ivy and Bean: Doomed to Dance (Ivy and Bean, #6)
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 ...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
The Night Fairy
Finally, a fairy chapter book I can recommend that does not begin with the word "rainbow"!

While a solid little book, I didn't feel like I read anythin
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Jan 07, 2011
The Year of Billy Miller
Betsy Bird likened The Year of Billy Miller to the Ramona books in her review, -- high praise -- and I understand why. Age and reading level and subj ...more
Dec 30, 2013
Jul 14, 2013
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat
The art is definitely five stars, the story about three and three quarters. Great young reader series that finally doesn't feel like everything else ( ...more
Feb 18, 2008
Feb 18, 2008
Just Grace (Just Grace, #1)
I wanted to slap this book. I mean, it's cute, I guess. Grace likes to draw comics. She likes to think of herself as a superhero, her power being... e ...more
Jan 2007
Dec 21, 2007
Utterly Me, Clarice Bean
"Her sneakers have special springing power so she can jump over her enemies, and her bathing suit has a built-in propeller so she can swim as fast as ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 11, 2007
Mercy Watson Fights Crime (Mercy Watson #3)
I love this series, and this book in particular, where Mercy's love and nose for toast leads her to stop a bandit from raiding the house. What I love ...more
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Sep 19, 2009
Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go (Ivy and Bean, #2)
I love these girls! The fact that Bean eats "ice cream soup" at the end pretty much sums up everything about this series that is so perfect. Ivy + Bea ...more
Dec 24, 2010
Dec 23, 2010
The Talented Clementine (Clementine, #2)
As far as chapter books go, this is a great one. Really likable, funny, and sympathetic character with a creative mind, and the line drawings are grea ...more
Jan 2007
Jun 02, 2009
Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record (Ivy and Bean, #3)
What is there for a kid to NOT love about this book? World records, dinosaur bones, and two of the most fun seven year old's the chapter book genre ha ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Jan 01, 2011
Flat Stanley (Flat Stanley, #1)
I don't care. I hate Flat Stanley. I mean, come on, a bulletin board!? Have a refrigerator fall on the kid or SOMETHING.
Jan 2008
Jun 02, 2009
Ivy and Bean: Bound to be Bad (Ivy and Bean, #5)
Very funny premise. Execution wasn't as great as some of the others in the series, but still one of the best chapter books you can give to a kid.
Mar 11, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
Kinda boring, kinda soothing. A very introspective little book (in a very appealing little package). Not much happens, but small changes to Alice's no ...more
May 28, 2011
May 16, 2011
Clementine (Clementine, #1)
Forget Magic Tree House, people.
Jan 2007
Jun 02, 2009
The Extraordinary Adventures Of Ordinary Basil
A villian with a thick, ridiculous German accent bent on putting his manifesto (titled "World Peace Through Domination") into action must be stopped. ...more
Jan 2007
May 13, 2007
Esio Trot
I liked this, but thank the lawd fo' da epilogue! I was worried about Alfie, man! I guess he was better off anyway; Mrs. Silver couldn't tell the diff ...more
Jul 24, 2008
Jul 24, 2008
Ottoline Goes to School
Three stars for the story, TEN for the drawings. That averages out to a... four? Sure? Whatever, Chris Riddell BLOWS MY DAMNED MIND.
Jan 27, 2009
Feb 18, 2008
The Invisible Fran (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist, #3)
When I got to the page where Franny was using a robot to extract her own eyeball (only five pages in), I realized... this is awesome.
Feb 2008
Feb 18, 2008
Stuart's Cape
Jan 2007
Jun 02, 2009
The Hundred Dresses
Jan 2007
Jul 25, 2008
Ivy and Bean Make the Rules (Ivy and Bean, #9)
Nov 08, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
Lord and Lady Bunny--Almost Royalty! (The Bunny's #2)
Apr 20, 2014
Dec 13, 2013
Ivy and Bean Take the Case (Ivy and Bean, #10)
Dec 26, 2013
Dec 26, 2013
Fortunately, the Milk Unabridged
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 16, 2014
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