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Ivy and Bean Take the Case

(Ivy & Bean #10)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,348 ratings  ·  88 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 & ...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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Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I've read it, and I didn't stop reading it!
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.
Dec 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute middle grade read. My 3rd grader has these in her classroom and I wanted to check it out.
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
Books Kids Like
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
Isaac Reuben
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)
Nothing But Kids Books
After watching a noir detective film with her mom, Bean sets out to be a private investigator. But the only trouble is, suburban Pancake Court doesn't present a lot of mysteries. Ivy and Bean solve a few "boring" mysteries and then stumble upon a true conundrum. A yellow rope has been tied around a neighbor's chimney. Each night another length of rope is added. What could be the rope's purpose? Who's the culprit? Bean, P.I. is on the case.

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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
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
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
Jerry Windley-Daoust
Jan 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s
Immediately after finishing this book, the first thought that popped into my head was, "I want my money back." Yes, I get that leaving the plot unresolved is "literary" and allows the reader room to imaginatively finish the story, but c'mon, this is a middle grade reader, not Cormac McCarthy, for cryin' out loud. I really wonder how young readers respond to the lack of resolution of the mystery. As an adult, it just doesn't seem fair to throw out a "real mystery" (someone tying yellow rope to ho ...more
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit

This is a fun story about Bean who wants to be a private investigator just like the character in a show she likes. She sets out to find mysteries to solve, some of them were pretty easy, and others took more time to figure out. She was made fun of by others, but was determined to be a good private investigator and solve as many mysteries as she could.

Discussion questions:
1) Why did Bean think the people in Al Seven's world were different from the world she lived in?

2) What are some of the myste
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it

I like Ivy and Bean. And have read a bunch of these books with my niece who is 8 years old.

I didn't really like this edition as much as some of the others. The idea was good. Bean decides to become a P.I.

But I found the first part of the story to be a bit boring. Then it became quite interesting. The case they were trying to solve (the case of the yellow rope) was fun to read about. But the resolution was not good IMO. Even my niece (who loves most books) did not think the ending was a good one
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Read this with my five-year-old. She found the last bit a little spooky, but overall enjoyed it.

I found it a little frustrating--we're solving mysteries, we solving mysteries, and then, we're not actually solving the central mystery (but feeding a fake solution to the neighborhood kids) because we're supposed to enjoy a little magic or mystery in our lives. Uh...OK. This bait and switch didn't perturb the kiddo, but it annoyed me.

However, I found Bean's comments about hard-boiled detective Al Se
Nicole C
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Disappointed with the ending. Kids will be left wondering about the yellow rope, but not in a good way. These kinds of early chapter books always have an ending that wraps everything up in a neat and tidy way. This will be confusing for these types of readers. And the "mysteries" that Bean was trying to solve at the beginning of the book were not mysteries, more like wonderings. Did I miss something? Was going to read this aloud to my 2/3 graders, but now I'm rethinking it.
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mystery Solved! Nice amusing trek through Pancake Court with Ivy & Bean playing detectives with the rest of the kids following them around asking questions and voicing concerns. They solve mini mysteries along with the illusive yellow rope mystery. Written in true Ivy and Bean light hearted amusing style. Each book in the series stands alone and does not require reading them in order of publication unless you are like me and have to go by the numbers. ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book for the Sophie Blackall illustrations. I recently viewed an exhibit of some of her work for the Ivy & Bean series and other books as well. Her illustrations are great, capturing both the earnest and goofy sides of two best pre-adolescent friends and, in this book, their foray into detective work. The story by Annie Barrows is very good too, especially as it demonstrates the two girls' fast friendship. ...more
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.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book and give it 4 stars because I like mysteries. What I didn't like was that it was a little creepy. The mystery of the rope wasn't actually solved at the end. You still didn't know who did it and that's what made it a little creepy. But I still liked it and I would tell other people to read it because there were parts that made me laugh.

- Nora, nearly 7
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,
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, hard-copy
I got this book as part of my local library's "Blind Date a Book" promotion. For some reason, they didn't distinguish between juvenile and adult fiction. I found it to be a pleasant book, but a massive disappointment as a mystery. The ending left me thoroughly frustrated.
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
In their 10th adventure, Ivy plays Watson to Bean's Sherlock as they try to solve a mystery in their very own neighborhood. The humor and plot are age appropriate, and the illustrations are charming. I can see why my 2nd graders (boys and girls) adore this 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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