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Ivy & Bean Boxed Set Paperback – Illustrated, Box set, 20 June 2008

4.8 out of 5 stars 4,170 ratings

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  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 376 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0811864952
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0811864954
  • Reading age : 6 - 10 years
  • Customer reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 4,170 ratings

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"Annie Barrows accomplishes the almost impossible task of reflecting the world of second grader, creating the tension and drama of family and friendships in language that can be read easily by child who recently graduated from easy readers to early chapter books. " - Lisa Von Drasek, Children's Librarian, Bank Street College of Education---

About the Author

Annie Barrows has written many books for adults, but Ivy and Bean is her first series for kids. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters. Sophie Blackall is an Australian illustrator whose previous books include Ruby's Wish and Meet Wild Boars. She lives in New York.

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1.0 out of 5 stars The kids don't model good behavior or good intentions.
18 June 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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261 people found this helpful
Rebecca K Knecht
1.0 out of 5 stars Promotes "mean girl" culture
14 March 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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Bubu
1.0 out of 5 stars No values. Too sassy, disrespectful and mean.
3 July 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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1.0 out of 5 stars No values. Too sassy, disrespectful and mean.
Reviewed in the United States on 3 July 2019
Disgusting behaviors. I screen all books before giving them to my kids because of this reason!! I couldn’t read pass first half of the first book. There are ways to write without being disrespectful and mean. How can you sell books like this to children? Shame on you!!
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Rich & Beth
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ordered despite the negative reivews. Now sending them back!!
20 December 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ordered despite the negative reivews. Now sending them back!!
Reviewed in the United States on 20 December 2014
My 7 year old daughter is in first grade and a strong reader. She recently discovered a love for chapter books and has been devouring the Junie B Jones series. I've been looking to start her on a new series, and a friend told me Ivy and Bean was really cute. I was surprised to read all the negative reviews on Amazon about how mean the characters are. I'm definitely not the prudish type. Honestly, I was thinking people probably just need to lighten up a little. I've been letting my daughter read Junie, so figured these couldn't be much worse. I ordered the books despite the reviews. When they arrived, I read the first book and decided to send them back. It's not that they are a lot worse than Junie (in terms of sassy behavior). It's just that I don't want my daughter to finish one series about a sassy girl and then delve right into another series about sassy girls. I want her to learn to enjoy stories that don't rely on the crude words and naughty behavior. Maybe in another year, when she's had some experience with other books, I will let her read Ivy and Bean, but for now I'm going to try the Ramona books instead.

In case you wanted more details about content, the other reviewers pretty much summed it up. The entire first book is about Bean's contempt for her sister and plotting evil things to do to her. They're hurling insults at each other left and right "dork, dweeb, tightwad" etc. I kept waiting for the feel good ending....the moment where Bean and her sister would make up. Finally that moment came. Bean saw her sister crying and started feeling guilty. Then she quickly changed her mind and decided she hated her sister even more. I have attached one of the illustrations directly from the book. This portrays Bean's sister right after Bean and Ivy threw worms on her face. No thanks.
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