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Ivy and Bean: What’s the Big Idea? by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall

Published by Chronicle Books

Pages: 132

Ages: 6-10

Publishers Summary: It’s the Science Fair, and the second grade is all over it! Some kids are making man-eating robots. Some kids are holding their breath for a very, very long time. Some kids are doing interesting things with vacuum cleaners. The theme, obviously, is global warming. But what should Ivy and Bean do? Something involving explosions? Or ropes? Something with ice cubes? Or maybe . . . maybe something different.

Polar bears and deserts aren’t the only things to be worried about when it comes to global warming, but that’s exactly what catches the eyes of both Ivy and Bean in the latest installment of the popular series. Ivy and Bean are determined to discover a cure for the rising heat and get the attention of all those around them in the process. From ice cubes to ropes they’ll try anything and everything to solve the problem in this hilarious page turning story about two girls and the search for the solution to global warming.

To be completely forthright I should state that I have never read any of the previous books in this series, but I fully intend to. Though I hadn’t read any of the previous books I was hardly at a loss, I fell immediately in love with Ivy and Bean as if I’d known them their whole lives. First of all, their characters are completely hilarious and so true to life. As I read the story I could hardly wait for my Turkeybird and Littlebug to be Ivy & Bean’s age with all the funny remarks and thought processes. It was absolutely hilarious! Not only that, but their complete and total determination to solve the problem was something rarely duplicated in adults. Brilliant writing, truly!

As for the plot of this book in the series, I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised. Recently there have been a number of “global warming” themed books popping up, especially in children’s literature. Well, it can become a little overdone, not that I’m against being “earth-friendly” and teaching good values, but it’s hard to find a book that has an original spin on this topic. Well, Ivy & Bean: What’s the Big Idea? was a breathe of fresh air. Yes, it mentioned some of the same staples, but the characters brought a new perspective to this fantastic topic. In the end Ivy & Bean’s solution was just perfect and I’d love to see something similar replicated in real life.

As a newcomer to the well established series of Ivy & Bean I was taken completely by surprise. Not only was I entertained by the humorous companionship of Ivy & Bean, but the plot was something completely original. I’d absolutely recommend this book, not only to young early readers, but to adults as well. Ivy & Bean: What’s the Big Idea? is a story that new and old readers of the series will devour and want to share!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 6-12.Young and old will love the likable duo of Ivy & Bean with their humorous ideas and original solution to the problem of global warming.

Official Ivy and Bean Site

Activity and Book Guide

Ivy and Bean “Certificate of Achievement”


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7 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Ivy and Bean: What’s the Big Idea? by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall

  1. Jen Bigheart says:

    Thanks….such a cute series!


  2. Gina says:

    Enjoyed the review! It’s great when you get a series that you can start almost anywhere and feel like one of the gang. Glad this one worked out for you…and what a great topic for them to tackle…global warming. Leaves room for lots of creatvity and who knows what real world counterparts will spawn in real life? Happy reading!

  3. I haven’t heard of Ivy and Bean either. Sounds pretty cool though. I can remember my science fair days. I was never terribly interested in the projects – sounds like these guys have some great ideas.

  4. Cathe Olson says:

    I have a group of third grade girls who are absolutely crazy over Ivy + Bean. They’ll be excited about a new one.

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  6. Bri says:

    I want to read this series. Great review! I like how you were able to jump right into the series despite not reading the others.

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