Review: Ivy and Bean

From Goodreads: 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 quickly, Ivy 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 charming and addictive introduction to Ivy and Bean.

Erin’s (and Charlotte’s and Evelyn’s) Thoughts: Charlotte and Evelyn got a boxed set of the first three books in this series for Christmas. At five years old, these are beyond their current reading level, but we have been having a blast reading them out loud over the past few weeks.  In fact, we’ve loved them so much that we’ve read each of the first three books twice AND books four through six once.

Evelyn says, “I love Ivy and Bean because they’re silly. My favorite part is the squid costumes. Those are so crazy!”

Charlotte says, “I love Ivy and Bean because they are friends. I love when they are squids in book 6!”

Since the girls pulled Ivy and Bean off of the shelf a couple of weeks ago, we haven’t read anything else. I love their imaginations, adventures, and friendship. I have seen a lot of criticism about the level of name calling and naughtiness in the books, but honestly it hasn’t bothered me. There is definitely a fair amount of name-calling, but Ivy and Bean are in second grade. Second graders love to call each other names, and I use the name-calling as an opportunity to talk about why we shouldn’t call people “potato heads.” Bean and Ivy get into some shenanigans for sure, and Bean is often the instigator, but again I find this to be pretty true to second-grade behavior.  With all read alouds, you may want to preview the the text first to make sure it’s a good fit for your family.  I can safely say, though, that Ivy and Bean will be part of our family reading time for quite some time!

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