Monday, October 17, 2011

Review: Ivy and Bean

Ivy and Bean
Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this illustration-rich book, Ivy and Bean are thrown together by situations outside of their control, and the unlikely duo become friends in spite of themselves. Bean, the unstoppable prankster and tomboy, didn't much care for the new girl, Ivy, who had moved in across the street from her. Ivy seems perfectly nice-- and nice is so boring! But when Bean plays a prank on her older sister and needs to get away to escape her wrath and parental retribution, Ivy surprisingly steps up to the plate and hides her. It turns out that Ivy is a lot more interesting than Bean initially thought. She knows how to get past her mom, her room is full of the coolest stuff Bean has ever seen, and she is an aspiring witch. Together they have fun re-imagining Ivy's witch clothing to make it more impressive (Ivy can't make very good stars; some of them don't even have five points, so Bean teaches her how to make them properly) and plotting how to get Bean out of the punishment that's waiting for her at home. Recommended for grades two to four.

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