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Ivy and Bean No News Is Good News by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall
Published by Chronicle Books
Pages: 128
Ages: 8-12
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository
Publishers Summmary:

Ivy and Bean need some money. Ten dollars, to be exact. Never mind what for. Okay, it’s for low-fat Belldeloon cheese in a special just-for you serving size. Don’t ask why. How are Ivy and Bean going to make ten dollars? Hey, maybe they should write a newspaper about Pancake Court and sell it! Great idea! And easy, too. All they have to do is snoop around the neighborhood. Wow…It’s very interesting what they can find out. It’s even more interesting when the neighbors read about it in the newspaper.

Ivy and Bean are at it again, but this time it’s all in the name of cheese. Well, maybe not cheese, but definitely the delightfully fun and very versatile red wax wrapper around the outside of low-fat Belldeloon cheese in a special just-for-you serving size. Everyone at school has them with their lunch except for Ivy and Bean, but they’re on a mission. After Bean’s dad suggests a neighborhood newspaper the girls set out to discover exactly what goes on in the lives of their neighbors, even if that means peeking in a few windows.

This has got to be one of my absolute favorite chapter book series ever! Annie Barrows understands kids so completely well that it has me second guessing her age; certainly she must still be ten years old? That’s probably not true, but what is true is the fact that each one of the Ivy and Bean books will have you in stitches while remembering either your own childhood or imagining your own children doing some of the whacky things that kids just do. Not only adults love this series, but kiddos absolutely relate even at a very very young age. This was the first book in the series that I’ve read with Littlebug and at only two and a half she loved every minute of it.

In this edition of Ivy and Bean, Non News is Good News, the pair are on a mission to get that waxy stuff around the outside of certain cheeses. At first they start off by simply asking their parents who both tell them no and advise them they need to buy their own. One of my favorite scenes was when Ivy tries to tell her mom to get the cheese for her while she’s sleeping. I couldn’t help but imagine the Turkeybird and Littlebug doing that at Ivy’s age, it’s hilarious! Eventually the girls discover that they could actually make money by working (even if that’s not their original intention). Their newspaper, The Flipping Pancake, comes together after snooping around the neighborhood in search of the next great news story. At the end of it all, though Ivy and Bean’s neighbors may be a little put out by their “dirty laundry” being shared it’s certain that the pair learns a little bit about the importance of earning something through hard work.

No News is Good News is absolutely right. Ivy and Bean, on their mission for cheese, discover that maybe the lives of their neighbors are better left behind closed doors and windows. Fortunately though they also discover that hard work does pay off when they are finally able to enjoy their delicious low-fat Belldeloon cheese in a special just-for you serving size and the pliable wax that surrounds it. This is a series I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and one I’m eager to read through with both my kiddos as they continue to grow up and do the hilarious things that only kids do. Annie Barrows coupled with Sophie Blackall’s fantastic illustrations make for one of the most superb children’s book series out there.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 5 to 13. No doubt young readers and adults alike with love this hilarious duo and the life lessons they learn along the way.

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Ivy and Bean: No News Is Good News

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5 Responses to Book Review: Ivy and Bean No News Is Good News by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall

  1. Oh it sounds so cute. And may I just say, I LOVE this saying. I use it alllll the time.

  2. Jeane says:

    You introduced me to Ivy and Bean and so I purchased some titles for my grand-daughter. She loves them. Glad to know that there is a new book out..big birthday at the end of the month! Great timing. 😀

    jcamp2020 at aol

  3. Megan Neal says:

    Great write-up! My older two girls (6 and 8) love this series and are anxious to get their hands on this latest one.

  4. Megan Neal says:

    Oh my goodness! That’s supposed to be the number eight, not a smiley face. It automatically put in the smiley face when I typed the number! LOL

  5. Deb Marshall says:

    I just love, love these two! Hmmm, and cheese is one my of favorite snacks! Thanks for the review.

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