Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Bean knows nice is another name for boring and that is just what she thinks Ivy is. So when her mother tells her to go play with the "nice" girl across the street, Bean doesn't want any part of it. Bean is sure Ivy would never like the fun things she did - climbing trees, stomping in puddles and smashing rocks to find gold. Until one day Bean goes a little too far and has to escape her older sister. It's Ivy to the rescue! A bit of face paint and a few worms later, Bean quickly realizes Ivy just might be a more interesting than she had expected.
This is a wonderful start to a very engaging young reader series. It is the next step after Junie B. Jones but not quite Wimpy Kid Diaries - humorous, easy to read without the gross, farting joke quality. Ivy & Bean are two friends any girl would love to have in their circle. I would recommend this to young girl readers who have read all the Junie B's and are ready for a bit more of a reading challenge. Recommended Ages 8 - 10.
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