Ivy and Bean: Doomed to Dance

doomedtodanceNow that my daughter Ellie has started school and is learning to read, I am always on the lookout for new books and stories to share with her.  So when Chronicle Books offered the change to review the latest book in the Ivy and Bean series, Doomed to Dance, I jumped at the chance.

We went into it blind, as in we haven’t read any of the other series yet, but suffice it to say, she (and I) loved it.

Ivy & Bean: Doomed to Dance is about two second-graders, and best friends, Ivy and Bean.  While reading a book about ballet that Ivy’s grandmother had sent her one day, the two friends decide that they absolutely MUST take ballet lesson. Both Ivy and Bean’s mothers try to talk them out of it, but their minds are made up.  They want to take ballet and they will love it.  Their mother’s give their permission, but only if the girls don’t complain AND finish the course.  The girls readily agree.  And live to regret it.  Quickly they begin to think of ways to get OUT of ballet class.  Hilarity ensues.Ivy & Bean Blog Tour Badge

Capricious Girl really enjoyed Ivy & Bean.  I fear that she is in that delicate stage where I’m either going to snag her as a reader or not, so for her to enjoy this book gives me hope.  She likes Ivy and she really likes Bean, which doesn’t surprise me as she reminds me of Bean.   Mama Capricious Reader loved it.  These girls are so fun, so… so REAL, oh my goodness, they remind me so much of me at that age it’s scary.  I took ballet, so I know. I know what it’s like.  I know the clumsiness of Ivy.  I know the boredom of Bean. No, it wasn’t fun at all. 😉

Check out the book’s trailer for more:

Aren’t the illustrations adorable?

All in all, I highly recommend this book, if not the whole series since I haven’t read them yet. Take that back, I read book one just to get a handle on the series, and it was just as good.  We can’t wait to go back and read the whole series.  Little girls and their mama’s will get loads of enjoyment and bonding time over the misadventures of the clumsy Ivy and the mischievous Bean.

Chronicle Books has graciously allowed me to give away a copy of Ivy & Bean: Doomed to Dance.  To enter, simply leave me a comment and tell me, what other books should I try with the Capricious Girl? Now remember, she’s only six!  Be sure to include your email address, and I will pick a winner at the end of the week.

Ivy and Bean: Doomed to Dance
Written by: Annie Barrows
Publisher and Date: Chronicle Kids, 2009
Hardcover: 129

Author also wrote:

Ivy and Bean | Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go | Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record | Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter | Ivy and Bean: Bound to be Bad | The Magic Half

also with Mary Ann Shaffer

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
one of my favorite books of the year.

Also Reviewed by:

Age 30+…A Lifetime of Books | For Immediate Release Reviews

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A huge thank you to Chronicle Books for sending me a copy of this book and turning me, and my daughter, on to the delight that is Ivy & Bean.

9 thoughts on “Ivy and Bean: Doomed to Dance

  1. No need to enter me…I reviewed the book earlier and enjoyed the silliness of it. I'd recommend the book "The Frog Princess" by E.D. Baker. After all, it is the inspiration for the movie that will be released this week. Just finished reading it to my 4 year old daughter. It was our first chapter book read together and she loved it, though some of the descriptions did get a little long for her attention span.
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  2. No need to enter me, my daughter is a little past the age for this book, but I'll bet she would have loved it when she was younger!

    The American Girl books are what convinced my daughter that reading was worth the effort. I highly recommend them once the basic mechanics of reading are down. She still enjoys them now at 11 years old.
    .-= Laura @ ImBookingIt´s last blog ..Review: Buckley’s Story by Ingrid King =-.

  3. Oooh, I know a couple of second graders who would love this book! My recommendation? Any of the Fancy Nancy books for early readers. They're a great way to teach new vocabulary. My granddaughter loves them.
    lscher at neb dot rr dot com
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  4. OH….my daughters would love this one!! Especially the 2nd grader, Ana (whose nickname is Beans, by the way!) Thank you so much for this review!! I see Christmas presents in the works!

    If you haven't read the Junie B. Jones books, I HIGHLY recommend them!!
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