Now 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.
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. 😉
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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
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also with Mary Ann Shaffer
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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.