Review & Giveaway for Ivy and Bean: What’s the Big Idea? (Book 7)“It’s the Science Fair, and the second grade is all over it! Some kids are making man-eating robots. Some kids are holding their breath for a very, very long time. Some kids are doing interesting things with vacuum cleaners. The theme, obviously, is global warming. But what should Ivy and Bean do? Something involving explosions? Or ropes? Something with ice cubes? Or maybe . . . maybe something different.”

Let me start off by saying I am a big fan of the Ivy and Bean series. There is a truthfulness to the writing that I think really captures kids and the way they think. This is a series written for kids to relate to…not books written because parents want kids to relate to it. It’s quirky and full of random little bits of humor along with the essential ingredient: a good story. If you have children or work with them you know they can be fascinated and delighted by extremely small and often random things. (Example: The importance of who will sit on the state of Colorado on a rug shaped like the United States.) I really enjoy it when you can find an author who gets that and can work that childhood mentality into their books in a way that’s not fake or trying too hard. Book 7 Ivy and Bean: What’s the Big Idea is no different than the first six volumes in the series. It’s clever, funny and extremely kid friendly….meaning kids “get it” and will enjoy reading it. Annie Barrows writing paired with Sophie Blackall’s expressive illustrations will have not just the kids but parents giggling as well. It’s a great choice for read-a-loud too since the humor really comes out on multiple occasions. So join Ivy and Bean as they tackle a new problem: global warming. That’s right Ivy and Bean are going green!

Want a sneak peek at Ivy and Bean: What’s the Big Idea ? How about a copy for that special little scientist in your life? The always generous Chronicle Books will give one lucky reader of Stiletto Storytime their own copy.  Simply comment below with your email address. US and Canada addresses only please. Giveaway ends midnight December 9th, 2010.


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18 responses to “Review & Giveaway for Ivy and Bean: What’s the Big Idea? (Book 7)

  1. Linda Henderson

    I would love this book for my grandson, he is always checking out science books from the library.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  2. teacher333

    Great for my emergent readers in the classroom! Thanks.

  3. I have been seeing reviews for Ivy and Bean all over the blogs! I think this book sounds great. I had never heard of Ivy and Bean until this week. It is now on my list!

  4. Fantastic review! I completely agree on this one. It was the first one I’ve ever read and I was also really impressed with how well written it is. Not at all “dumbed down” and just absolutely hilarious. Loved it and now I can’t wait to read the others! (Not an entry)

  5. I’ve read one book in this series and thought it was adorable. Please enter me. I know a little girl who would love the book.

  6. These books look so wonderful! I bet my nieces would love them too. Thanks for the heads-up. 🙂

  7. Just started reading the first Ivy & Bean book to my four-year-old daughter, and I couldn’t stop! It was I who was saying “just one more chapter.”

  8. My daughters would love this book! I saw my oldest one eyeballing it at the bookstore last time we went.

  9. I love Ivy and Bean! I just bought the first one for my daughter for Christmas!

  10. I haven’t heard of this series before…but my science loving/book loving daughter would be all over it!

  11. Jackie

    My daughter, Rachel and I love these books. We read them out loud, with her reading the left page and me reading the right. We would love to read this book.

  12. JackieW

    I would love this book for my gandson..I think he might follow in his dad’s -a NASA astrophysicist-footsteps. He loves math and science projects.

  13. My daughter just started reading and I’m sure will very soon want to read this series! I’m the coordinator for our school’s science fair so I’m interested in this one as well.

  14. Callie

    Fantastic review—

  15. I’m slipping in under the wire here. 😉 We love Ivy and Bean at our house too. Would love to win.

    Chrisbookarama at gmail dot com

  16. Kelli

    Love this series. Love reading to my kiddos.

  17. stilettostorytime

    Thanks for all who entered and shared their love of “Ivy & Bean”. Such a fabulous series! Our very lucky winner of a copy of latest book in the series is….Bermudaonion! Congrats again and thank to all who visited and entered!

  18. We’ve been out of town and I just got home to a wonderful surprise – the Ivy + Bean book! Thank you so much! It’s going to make a sweet young girl very happy!

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