Book 1 in a series
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
For: 6-9 year olds
This book is about 7 year-olds, and currently has five books in the series.
After reading The Guernsey Literary/Potato Peel book (I can never remember the correct name) which was co-written by Annie Barrows, I researched her a bit. This Ivy and Bean series looks like it has become very popular with the younger crowd, so I decided to try one. WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY!
Bean is messy and lively and loves playing tricks. Her new neighbor across the cul de sac, Ivy, looks neat and bookish and boring. W r o n g!
In this fast-pace, humorous story, Ivy and Bean discover how much they have in common and become fast friends by the end of the book. Laugh-out-loud funny, very clever, and very real. No a bit boring or simplistic, either in writing style or plot. It doesn't talk down to kids at all. Totally delightful.