Ivy and Bean

[Today, Big Sis wanted to share her new favorite series with you.  She is crazy about Ivy & Bean, the fabulous chapter book series from Chronicle Books.  The books are written by Annie Barrows and illustrated by Sophie Blackall.  I'm a huge Ivy & Bean fan, too.  Even Little Sis joins us when we read aloud now.]

I really like the Ivy & Bean books.  They are fun.

Ivy and Bean are sneaky.  

Ivy is very imaginative.  She loves books and playing pretend.

Bean is wild.  Like when she makes the volcano.  [In Book 4, Ivy & Bean Take Care of the Babysitter, Bean convinces the neighborhood kids to pretend that the huge pile of dirt in Sophie W.'s yard is a volcano.  It's a crazy scene!]

Big Sis wants to point out that Bean has great taste in shirts.  Owls are a favorite of hers.  

So far, we've checked four books out from the library.  I can't wait 'til we get the next one!  I hope I get them all for my birthday.  There's a new one that comes out the day before my birthday.  And the button factory.  That's a cool way to do those buttons on there.  The video makes it look easy.

Oooo, I want the paper dolls, too.  

I think I'm more like Bean, but I like to read like Ivy.  I can be sneaky, but not as sneaky as my little sister.

If you're ready for chapter books, these are really fun chapter books.  They're easier to read than some of the other books.  Like Junie B. Jones.  I like Junie B., but the way she talks makes it hard to read sometimes.  I'll try them again later.  [She has trouble reading the Junie B. Jones books sometimes, because they are written in the first person, and she second guesses herself because of Junie's unique grammar and vocabulary.]

Ivy & Bean: No News is Good News word search, found here.

As soon as we're done reading all the books, I'm gonna start over again.  But I'll read them by myself.  We can find something else to read at bedtime.

[Now we have to make the Ivy & Bean cootie catcher from the website.  Woo-hoo!]


  1. I don't know much about Ivy and Bean, Lilac hasn't read them, I think she doesn't know the premise-- tell me more. Isn't one a tomboy or something?
    Cootie catchers are the coolest though! That might be our in!

    1. Bean is a very outgoing girl, who must always be doing something. She doesn't like to sit still for too long. Her neighbor on the cul-de-sac is Ivy. Ivy is quiet and loves to read, but she has a very wild imagination. Ivy has the ideas, but Bean sets things in motion. When you put the two together, craziness ensues.

      They've set out to banish a ghost from the bathroom at school, dug for dinosaur fossils in Bean's backyard, trapped themselves in Bean's attic. In Book 5, Ivy has decided she wants to be terribly, terribly good, so that birds will land on her and a wolf will come be her friend. Only she's having trouble being good, so now Bean is being especially bad, so that Ivy can reform her, therefore showing her goodness to any birds or wolves who might be watching. It's very funny.

  2. Annie Barrows, author of the series, is the niece of Mary Ann Shaffer, author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. When Shaffer's health began to fail her, she asked Barrows to help finish the novel. Shaffer died before the book could be published.


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