3 10/17/2012 reviews Books

That DIY Spirit

the ninth – yes, ninth – book, and Ivy & Bean are still heaps of fun and better than easy to read series need to be. This time? They are making things happen on their own…

Ivy & Bean Make the Rules
by Annie Barrows

Chronicle Books
ISBN: 978 1 4521 0295 5

Bean’s big sister is going to camp – a girl power camp with a nifty flyer and big plans – not that Bean is jealous, no sir. Well, maybe just a little, but she and Ivy are certain they can do just as well on their own. Who needs an official camp, anyhow? They’ll just set one up in the park! And make up their own rules! And they do – and other kids even join, and they are having such a good time that by the end of the week, not only do the kids want to return the next year, but they find a real surprise waiting for them in their tent…

These books have the right amount of fun and hijinks to suit the standard for easy chapter books, but balance it with a real friendship and a generosity of spirit that make these a definite cut above your average spunky girl series. Add in Sophie Blackall’s charming illustrations, and these have been a hit with good reason among even more discerning parents and readers. these are enjoyable, and well-recommended!

Also available as an ebook.

  • Alice

    Ah, this is what I get for going away for the weekend – Jennifer, I’m a huge fan of the Clementine books or the good old classic Ramona books for spunky girls who aren’t too bratty. Some of Andrew Clements’ books, like Frindle, for example, would be accessible as a read-together. And my girl declared The Trouble With Chickens “the best book in the world” when we read it a couple of years ago. I’d also second the Squish series, which I like a little better than Babymouse, mostly because my girl is not so girly. She is also into the Geronimo Stilton books, which I don’t love, but don’t abhor, especially as she is reading them in French, so I really don’t want to dissuade her! Hope that helps?

  • Julie

    my daughter will be excited to hear there’s a new book out!
    she’s also started with “squish” and “babymouse” which are funny as well.

  • Jennifer

    My 7 year old daughter LOVES the Ivy & Bean series, and has collected (and read multiple times) the full collection. Any other suggestions, Alice? I’m tired of Magic Tree House the third time around!

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