In the eleventh wonderful installment of Ivy and Bean, Ivy’s classmate, Vanessa, says that almost all only children are spoiled. Ivy doesn’t have any siblings, and she’s determined to prove to Vanessa, Bean, the entire classroom, and to herself that she is NOT spoiled. With the help of Bean, she decides to try out several crazy plans to show that she is a perfectly fine, nice child. Unfortunately, not many of their plans work out as they hope. And when Ivy decides that she’s going to have to get a sibling, no matter what, that’s when the real trouble begins…
Ivy and Bean was one of the first chapter books I ever read and was a big part of my childhood and is one of the reasons I love reading so much today. When I saw this new book on LitPick, I immediately remembered how much I loved this series as a child. I thought it would be interesting to review a book written for younger children as a twelve-year-old girl in middle school! I was not disappointed by this book at all.
Ivy and Bean: One Big Happy Family retains its beautiful, simple charm and hilarity. I loved reading once more about all the crazy hijinks Bean and Ivy got up to in this book. It made me laugh and giggle so much. This book is such an amazing story, and it makes me happy to see Annie Barrows has not lost her special touch and that Sophie Blackall is still making beautiful illustrations.
Another thing I love about this book is that you can read it as either a standalone book or an installation of the series. No matter what, this book is fabulous and there are no confusing references to other books in the series, so don’t worry if you haven’t read the others yet. Of course, if you haven’t yet, I would definitely recommend doing so!
This book is best suited for younger children and reluctant readers.