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Ivy and Bean Make the Rules by Annie Barrows and Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Published by Chronicle Books
Pages: 127
Ages: 5-8
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository
Publishers Summary:

Bean’s older sister, Nancy, is going to Girl Power 4-Ever Camp, where she will do Crafts and Music and First Aid and other secret things that Bean will never know about because girls have to be eleven to go to Girl Power 4-Ever Camp. Bean doesn’t care. She doesn’t want to go to camp. She wouldn’t go even if they begged her. So ha. So ha ha. So—wait a second! Bean and Ivy can make their own camp, their own better camp: Camp Flaming Arrow, where counselors Ivy and Bean will give a whole new meaning to Crafts, Music, First Aid, and hands-on learning!

Determined to enjoy her summer, despite not having a camp to attend like her big sister Nancy, Bean sets out with Ivy’s help to start their own summer camp. Following the basics of Nancy’s camp they setup camp at a local park and quickly gather camp-goers who want to participate in their own version of crafts, nature exploring and more. Ivy and Bean create a week to remember, one that follows their rules.

Ivy and Bean have been an absolute favorite duo of mine and now that Littlebug is getting more interested in listening to chapter books things are really getting exciting. Littlebug thinks that they are hilarious, as do I. Somehow, Annie Barrows has captured the essence of a child from five to seven years old perfectly and Sophie Blackall provides the perfect illustrations to accompany the stories. We’ve been reading through all of the series while the Turkeybird (my five year old son) is at Kindergarten and now Littlebug walks around talking about what Ivy and Bean would/have done like they’re her friends. It’s wonderful! These are the kind of experiences with books that I feel make lifelong readers out of young kiddos, and it’s exciting to see it happening in my own home!

As for this book in the series, Ivy and Bean Make the Rules, the duo is again up to their own version of life. As Bean watches her older sister Nancy (How did I miss Nancy by the way? I think I’ve been too preoccupied with Ivy and Bean.) gets excited to go to an all girl summer camp for a week she gets a bit jealous and though she doesn’t share this with Nancy, is very jealous. This was a great topic to explore with Littlebug. Since her big brother has gone off to school recently Littlebug has had a difficult time having to stay home with mom everyday, even if there is lots of fun to be had at home, it’s just not the same. One of the ways she’s remedied this is by playing “school” with her big brother when he comes home. It’s been fun to watch how they share things with each other even when they aren’t able to be together all day. Ivy and Bean’s mock camp “Camp Flaming Arrow” is about as similar to Nancy’s girl camp as the after school version Turkeybird presents to Littlebug, but both are undoubtedly a whole lot of fun.

As with the other books in the Ivy and Bean series, Ivy and Bean Make the Rules by Annie Barrows hits all the right notes with young and old alike. Ivy and Bean get into their usual mischief, but this time also enlist hoards of other kids in crafts, dancing, history lessons and even zombie day. What starts out as a story about a younger sibling being jealous of an older sibling turns into something much more, and in the end Bean’s older sister Nancy is quite a bit more jealous of Bean and “Camp Flaming Arrow.” Ivy and Bean Make the Rules by Annie Barrows came at just the right time for out family, with one kiddo in school and the other not able to go just yet it was a great way to share the positives of being apart, even if just for a few hours. A perfect addition to the Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows and the talented, Sophie Blackall.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 to 14. Ivy and Bean are at it again! A story about sibling rivalry, creativity and focusing on the positive. Perfect to get young minds focused on ways to improve their situations instead of dwelling on the negative.

Find Ivy and Bean Make the Rules by Annie Barrows and Illustrated by Sophie Blackall at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

Today is Ivy and Bean Day! This marks the end of the nine week long Ivy and Bean Blog-A-Bration that also included huge giveaways and features of each of the other eight books in the series. I’d highly recommend checking out the other blogs on the tour for more great Ivy and Bean fun! The Grand Prize winner was Becky Wilson of Flint Hill Elementary School who entered at Sharpread blog, Congratulations!

Media Darlings
Kid Lit Frenzy
In the Pages
The O.W.L.
Coquette Maman
Ruth Ayres Writes
Watch. Connect. Read.
One Page to the Next
Van Meter Library Voice
The Family That Reads Together
Roundtable Reviews for Kids
The Children’s Book Review
The O.W.L.

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2 Responses to Book Review: Ivy and Bean Make the Rules by Annie Barrows

  1. Vanessa says:

    This looks so good! Another one for DD’s wishlist 🙂

  2. Gina says:

    Great review! Loved all thr coverage you gave this series…really feel like we got to.know this fantastic duo so well. Their adventures are definitely ones I’ll be recommending to readers. Thanks for sharing!

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