Ivy and Bean (Ivy and Bean Series #1)

Ivy and Bean (Ivy and Bean Series #1)


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The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide quickIvy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charmingand addictiveintroduction to Ivy and Bean.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811849098
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 05/03/2007
Series: Ivy and Bean Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 5,045
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Annie Barrows has written a bunch of books for grown-ups, but Ivy and Bean is her first series for kids. Annie lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.

Sophie Blackall is an illustrator whose work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times . She lives in New York, with her husband and two children. Her previous books include Ruby's Wish and Meet Wild Boars.


Berkeley, CA

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1962

Place of Birth:

San Diego, CA


University of California at Berkeley, B.A. in Medieval History; Mills College, M.F.A. in Creative Writing

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Ivy and Bean (Ivy and Bean Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 239 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter is 6 & primarily loves Fancy Nancy books well we had read all of those so I was looking for something similar. I FOUND IT! We LOVE this book even my son liked it, who is also 6. I am going to be purchasing more from this series that is for sure. I love the contrast between Bean who is a tomboy, loves creating "adventures for the to get into and Ivy who at first you think is a girlie girl but soon find out she has a few crazy ideas of her own. I recommend this book highly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They are awesomeee!!! I love them!!! ;)))))) theres nothing negative to say about them
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Seven-year-old Bean does not want to be friends with Ivy. Her mother keeps telling her that Ivy seems like a very nice girl, but Bean knows what that means. Nice means prim and proper and sitting quietly reading big books. Nice means boring. At least, Bean thought Ivy was boring. When she plays a trick on her big sister and Ivy offers a quick hiding place, Bean isn't so sure. Nice is supposed to be boring. And Ivy does seem nice. But she's also training to be a witch. Besides, how nice can anyone be who has a vast supply of face paint, her own wand, and a spell that involves lots of worms? Bean and Ivy didn't plan to be friends, but they might be a perfect match in Ivy and Bean (2006) by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall (illustrator). Ivy and Bean is the first book in the series which is very popular with younger readers. The text is not as advanced as the Clementine or Ramona books but the characters all have similar qualities that will appeal to readers looking for girls with spunk. This story was not as compelling, for me, as the Clementine series but it was a fun fast read that will work for young readers and reluctant readers. Blackall's illustrations add a lot of appeal with her delightfully horrifying pictures of Bean's horrible older sister and Ivy's wonderfully scary witch attire. There are some surprisingly vocal negative reviews (seen on Amazon) accusing the book of promoting everything from bad behavior to witchcraft. To such concerns all I can say is books don't make ill-behaved children anymore than guns kill people all on their own. At its core Ivy and Bean is nothing more and nothing less than a sharp book about two singularly creative girls who are ready and willing to make their own fun be it with pranks or a new friendship. Possible Pairings: Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker and Marla Frazee, Dessert First by Hallie Durand and Christine Davenier, Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love ivy and bean
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Cant wait to get #2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember last year when my mom said I could pick out any book. I picked Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but Mommy was bugging for me to check out Ivy and Bean. But I was like " Diary of a Wimpy Kid is good. " And then when I started 2nd Grade, My teacher told us pick out a chapter book, by the time I got there, there only one left. And you guessed it. Ivy and Bean. Soon math class was over. And my teacher said " Okay class, 20 minute break. Take out your chapter books." And then I read it. I fell in love with it!!!!!! I recommend this to people who start 3rd Grade ( that is the grade that im in ). Signed, a Ivy and Bean fan, Paris.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading "Ivy and Bean" these 2 girls never wanted to meet.Bean didn't even need Ivy,all the kids in the neighborhood came to Bean so they could play.And Ivy didn't need Bean,she was more interested in magic and potions... but Ivy and Bean meet.i would tell you more but then i'll end up telling yal the whole story.i really think u should read this book.
Pamela Foglesong More than 1 year ago
This book is so good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
jon torres More than 1 year ago
This book does not really deserve bad comments
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an easy read but great wish they were longer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book with trost and friend ship. Thats why i think it shood be a 4 stare
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, so I am tweleve and i still love these books!!! I have been reading them since, i dont know , since i was 7? six??? I love these books and in my mind, anybody can read this book and still have a good time with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Ivy and Bean I have book 1,6,7,and 8 and Bean is my favirite because she has really funny and she is so like me I'm funny and I make fuuny noises and I have ideas like and I have brown hair and si does Bean.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adore this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main charactors in the book Ivy and Bean are Ivy and Bean. Bean plays a trick on her older sister then Ivy needs to help. It is always a nice, blazing hot day when their adventures begin. Her mom would be so mad at her and ground her for her life. My favorite part of the book is when Ivy helps Bean do a halarious trick on her older sister, Nancy. I don`t want to tell you what happens so read Ivy and Bean to find out!!!!!!!!! I think it is a great book to share with your friends and I also love this book because it is about friends. It is a great book to read to your friends to have fun. I think you can count at least 20 adjectives in this book. Also if you don`t have a lot of friends you can learn how to get friends in this book. I would recommend all kids to read Ivy and Bean. That is why Ivy and Bean is a great book for kids!!!
Pam2009 More than 1 year ago
My daughter really enjoys reading Ivy and Bean. She is in 1st grade and it challenges her reading skills. She has recommended this series of books to her friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 13 and read these exelent theres no crush factor but its still good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thos book is really good for 7-8 year olds i loved this book and serise as a kid i am now 10 years old but i still injoy it! I highly recemend this book!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its fun and an amazing book anddddd you should read the rest of the siries
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all Ivy and Bean books
thepaperdoll More than 1 year ago
First time reading the Ivy and Bean series. I thought it was a wonderful young read! Shows children not to judge others for being different, or quiet. Great imagination! Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wanted to find a series to encourage my 7 yo granddaughter to develop an interest in reading. She loved Ivy & Bean and I bought the entire series! Highly recommend the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun story children would enjoy, but please don't try the pranks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im in the 7 th or 8 th chapter but o far the book is really good. My mom let me get a free sample and it turned out pretty good. I would defenetly recomend this book.