One Big Happy Family
One Big Happy Family

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Series: Ivy + Bean Vol. 11   

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Annotation: When classmate Vanessa insists that all single children are spoiled, Ivy wonders whether she can become "unspoiled" by giving away all her clothes at school--but ultimately decides she needs to become a big sister.
Catalog Number: #171522
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Blackall, Sophie,
Pages: 116 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-452-16400-2 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-3218-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-452-16400-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-3218-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017046554
Dimensions: 19 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Only-child Ivy takes to heart a classmate's assertion that children like her are usually spoiled. She tries many corrective measures, but ultimately best friend Bean helps Ivy see she's unselfish and thoughtful--the opposite of spoiled. The earnest, emotionally mature second graders' imaginative and somewhat rash problem-solving tactics provide energetic plot details and laugh-worthy gags. Black-and-white spot art captures and builds on the characters' personalities and this eleventh installment's humor.
Kirkus Reviews
Irresistible 7-year-old protagonists Ivy and Bean are back for their 11th outing after a long break.The girls take up where they left off years ago, still participating in the type of childhood adventures that are both realistic and yet so whimsical that storytellers often overlook them. Ivy, the (slightly) quieter of the pair, decides that because she's an only child, she's in great danger of becoming spoiled. Extreme generosity—trying to give away lots of her clothes—backfires. Instead, she and ever ebullient Bean decide to try to bring to life a baby doll after Ivy's mom pointedly refuses to provide a needed sister. When a cellphone charger they plug into the doll's mouth doesn't succeed in galvanizing her (but hilariously mimics the Frankenstein story), they try dancing and calling to the gods in the park—also not quite a success but surely a spectacle. Blackall's numerous amusing black-and-white illustrations on nearly every page match perfectly with the spare, winsome text to make for an inviting presentation with plenty of good-humored action. Ivy and Bean present white, and their classmates are diverse. Short chapters, ample white space, and smart, interesting dialogue all combine to make this an easy choice for those newly transitioned to chapter books.Welcome back, Ivy and Bean! (Fiction. 6-9)
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Kirkus Reviews
Word Count: 8,682
Reading Level: 3.4
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.4 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 196175 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 590L
Guided Reading Level: M

Book 11 in The New York Times bestselling Ivy & Bean series

Ivy and Bean are back, and they are funnier than ever: Ivy's worried. She's read a lot of books about only children, so she knows that they are sometimes spoiled rotten. They don't share their toys. They never do any work. They scream and cry when they don't get their way. Spoiler alert! Ivy doesn't have any brothers or sisters. That's why she's worried. How can she keep from getting spoiled? She could give away all her clothes, but she'd probably get in trouble. She could give away all her toys, but she likes her toys. There's really only one solution: she needs a baby sister, on the double! Luckily, Ivy and Bean know just where to get one.

• Perfect chapter book and book series for young readers
• Funny, relatable characters and story line
• Annie Barrows is the bestselling author of books for both children and adults including the Ivy & Bean series which has more than 5 million copies in print

"Longtime Ivy and Bean fans won't be disappointed and young readers who have yet to check out the series will find this a fine starting point." Entertainment Weekly

A classroom favorite, Ivy and Bean have been keeping kids laughing — and reading — for more than a decade.

• Books for independent readers ages 6-9
• Elementary school chapter books
• Books for grades 1-4

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