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Ivy and Bean Take the Case

(Ivy & Bean #10)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,126 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Chronicle Books
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Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So here's the thing: this book embraces the place of not-knowing. That is a hard place for any human to occupy, and I've read several parents' reviews that show how even grown-ups want a definitive answer to the mystery these 2 girls come to accept as unsolved and therefore eternally interesting and a valued jumping-off point for imagination. I appreciate this series tremendously...for poking fun at suburbia and cul-de-sacs, for toying with bigger issues (the connection between global warming &a ...more
Natalie Tobar
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book during the third grade. I really admire this book because it's easy to read, fast, interesting, and passionate. It's about ivy and bean taking over a mystery. I recommend this book to early-readers.
I like reading these books because they're amusing and light. They're good for a quick break between dark scary novels such as The Hunger Games and Gone. (Which are both awesome books for people 12 or older. I wasn't a big fan of this one though. I groaned after reading the first chapter, because although it was funny, I didn't see how it could stretch to fill the whole book. And for about 30 pages I thought I was right. Finally, the plot seems to get started and I enjoyed reading it. It was ano ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Emily T
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is ok but it was a little to easy for a fifth grader. But it would be good for like a 3-4 grader. It was very informing to want to be a kid investigator.
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I've read it, and I didn't stop reading it!
Isaac (isaacthebookkeeper)
I loved Annie Barrows's humor sprinkled throughout Ivy and Bean Take the Case! Plus, Sophie Blackall’s illustrations added a fun touch, too.

Bean's sense of humor shone through, especially at the beginning. Also, I enjoyed seeing the different neighborhood kids and other characters previously mentioned throughout this series. I thought this was a fun way to wrap everything up for the last book.

However, I am slightly annoyed the mystery was not solved. (view spoiler)
Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall deliver yet another delightfully creative and intelligent Ivy + Bean adventure. I was surprised to find, however, that plenty of the usual fans on goodreads did not care for this 10th installment. Most of the explanations focused on their “boredom during the first portion of the book” and its “untidy ending.” And I can see that, especially if one misses what is going on in the story.


Investigator Bean and her assistant Ivy are having problems solving myste
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
My first grade son was participating in a reading program at school that encouraged kids to explore different genres, and this was one of the books. I read it to him, and it was fine. I was bummed the mystery never got solved. I was like what did I just read all this for? 😂 But there were some amusing parts. My husband was cleaning the kitchen while we read, and he chuckled overhearing it at points.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
The kids in my reading group liked this book. I did not. I felt it had some grammatical errors and the writing style was juvenile (not a good example for them). The story line was a little too off the wall for me as well. The only thing I liked was it ended in a mystery and kids get to come up with their own conclusion about the detective case,
Linda Klinedinst
Ivy and Bean Take the Case by Annie Barrows

This is the first book that I have read in the Ivy and Bean Series. I really enjoyed this book. I will be reading more of the books in this Series.

I give this Book 5/5 Stars.

Happy Reading :)
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-buy, audio
Bean’s mom’s rules for movies are basically the same rules my mom had for movies I could watch growing up...
Mrs. Krajewski
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
My daughter is currently working on Ivy and Bean #11! :)
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Delightful story and wonderful illustrations!
Anya Gupta
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is a mysterious magical rope that kept on growing every night.
Mermaid Tale
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
VERY unexpected ending!!!
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good consistent with other books

These books are entertaining for an 8 year old..and easy to read at night. Chapters are manageable size and we'll illustrated.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I listened to this in the car with my daughters. It was fun, good for their age (5, 9, and 10). But I didn't like how mean the characters were to each other.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the rest of the Ivy and Bean books
Ivy and Bean Take the Case is okay, but not one of the best books in the series. The plot is a little too aimless.
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was so clever and I love me some Ivy and Bean -- but slightly predictable, even for an early reader.
Katie Fitzgerald
In the final installment in the Ivy & Bean series, Bean’s mother asks her to watch a noir film that she always loved, hoping that Bean will appreciate the finer points of the storyline. Instead, Bean picks up the detective main character’s somewhat rude slang and a nose for solving crime. She and Ivy begin sleuthing around the neighborhood, looking for a case to solve. Eventually, after alienating most of the kids they know with their antics, they find an actual mystery: a strange piece of s ...more
Mandy Patterson
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ivy and Bean Take the Case is an adorable book that keeps you guessing along the way. This book takes you to Pancake Court (where they live) and suddenly a mystery happens. There is a mysterious rope hanging from the chimney in a house in the neighborhood. They try to find out how it got there, why it is there, etc. Suddenly, the rope gets longer and longer. Who is doing this? Will the girls be able to solve the mystery? This book dives deep into the friendship of these young girls and how child ...more
Brenda Kahn
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
I haven't read an Ivy + Bean book since I left K-8 to teach in middle school. I remember them fondly, and there were moments in #10 that reminded me of why I thought they were good but there were inconsistencies that bothered me. Starting with a mom that is so strict about movie viewing but allows Bean to watch her favorite film noir and then wonders why Bean gleans some of the negative behavior from it. Yes, adults/ parents can be inconsistent. Just the other day, I went searching for some blog ...more
I haven't read any of the earlier Ivy and Bean books, but after this one, I am also not planning to read them. This was a nice book, but that ending, those characters.. Just not my kind of thing.

First of all the characters.
Bean was highly annoying. I also wonder about those parents, your kid is saying all kinds of things from a movie (some not that nice) and pretends to be like that guy and you don't do much about it? Just let it go?
Also Bean was quite easily influenced. She saw one movie and j
Kendra Loch
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Bean's mom is very specific when it comes to watching movies-they cannot have mean characters, no smoking, no bad language, no tough guys...the list goes on. Thankfully, this means that Bean has a good list of 10 movies that she can choose from, but today she ends up getting to watch her moms favorite movie. A classic black and white tale that breaks almost all of the rules that her mother had made about movies. Bean ends up loving the movie (for all the wrong reasons that her mom ends up regret ...more
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This whole book is different in a not-so-good way. Bean can only watch two movies a week, and they have to be "good movies." So that means that Bean only has ten movies that she can watch over and over again. Then, her mother breaks all of the rules and makes her watch "Seven Falls"--a movie about a private investigator named Al Seven. (first problem) So, Bean hangs out her shingle-- Bean P. I.--and begins to look for mysteries to solve like what it under the cover of the rectangular metal boxes ...more
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
O.k. I am totally confused with this edition of Ivy and Bean; a series I normally LOVE. My daughter and I spent the last hour reading, giggling and enjoying the humorous narrative only to find it reach no ending. There was absolutely no conclusion to the case of the “mysterious yellow rope.” Did Annie Barrows mean to leave it open for a possible sequel? And if so wouldn’t that have been mentioned somewhere in the afterward?? Or is the reader supposed to decide themselves if the growing yellow ro ...more
Inconsistent parenting (you can only watch 'good' films, here go ahead and watch something age inappropriate because mommy is nostalgic)- yep, totally realistic. Neighborhood "mystery" that is of little consequence and never gets solved by the young detectives- this feels exactly like what childhood is really and truly like. Growing up we were always stumbling into mysteries that never got solved and weren't really mysteries to begin with (why does the black trans am keep speeding by?!?! Mystery ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Ivy and Bean series is one of my favorite early chapter book series. Without feeling dated or precious, the books harken back to a time when kids could roam the neighborhood finding fun and parents engaged in benign neglect. The books are fun to read aloud and contain a lot of humor and word play. Even though the title characters are girls, the books' plots appeal to both boys and girls (e.g., ghost in the school bathroom, trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records, digging for fo ...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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