Title: Ivy and Bean Book 1
Author: Annie Barrow
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Number of pages: 120
Type of Book: Fiction; Contemporary
Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Ivy-Bean-Book-Annie-Barrows/dp/0811849090
Ivy and Bean didn’t like each other very much at first. Maybe because their mothers always tried to get them to play with each other. Maybe because they were so different. Ivy was every bit as ladylike as Bean was an unrepentant tomboy. One day, Bean got into trouble and Ivy came to her rescue and they found out that they had a lot in common. And so their exciting friendship began. Together, they got into all sorts of mischief and misadventures, from digging up earthworms to make potions, to trying to make Ivy look like a real witch, to trying to cast a spell on Bean’s annoying big sister, Nancy and pretending to be sick in Mrs. Trantz’s backyard. An award-winning book for girls who love to laugh.
THUMBS UP AND DOWN
UP: It had a feel-good ending. It was also fast-paced. I read it in a day and then ended up buying the next book in the series and the one after that. It’s well written and very easy to read. I would recommend to kids (especially girls) who have just started reading on their own. Oh yes, and it made me smile, a lot.
- Why did Ivy and Bean dig a big muddy pit in Ivy’s backyard? To find earthworms.
- What did they need the earthworms for? To cast a dancing spell on Bean’s sister Nancy.
- What became of the earthworms Ivy and Bean dug up? Bean threw them on Nancy’s face! Some fell into her shirt, some got stuck in her hair and one fell right into her mouth!
- What became of the big muddy pit? Nancy fell into it!
- Why did Bean think Ivy’s room was cool? Because it was divided into five sections by thick chalk lines drawn on the floor and each section looked like a different room.
- The five sections of Ivy’s room: A dressing room, a doll room, a bedroom, an art studio and a reading room.
BONUS: What item did Ivy need for her invisibility spell? A dead frog!
Visit Ivy and Bean here: http://www.chroniclebooks.com/landing-pages/ivyandbean/index.html
CHALLENGE: Ivy and Bean Book 1
CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)
- The benefits of reading. Write a short 300-word essay
- Draw a picture of the Ivy’s room using the information in Trivia Answers 5 and 6.
- Write a poem on ‘Mischief’.
Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.
Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, November 24th2015
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