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IVY AND BEAN AND THE GHOST THAT HAD TO GO by Annie Barrows

IVY AND BEAN AND THE GHOST THAT HAD TO GO

From the Ivy + Bean series, volume 2

By Annie Barrows (Author) , Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-8118-4910-4
Publisher: Chronicle

Best mates Ivy and Bean reunite for some schoolyard hijinks in this sophomore collaboration from Barrows and Blackall. The normally reserved Ivy discovers the persuasive powers of an overactive imagination when she tries to avoid doing cartwheels during recess. While Ivy’s impromptu mention of the ghost in the girl’s bathroom may have diverted everyone’s attention from her lack of gymnastic skills, her story soon spirals into schoolyard mayhem. Barrows displays a keen sense of what constitutes second-grade humor; readers will be snickering in glee over Ivy and Bean’s antics. Hilarity ensues when the duo perform an elaborate ceremony, complete with a special potion they concocted, to expel the ghost. Barrows provides the humorous banter while Blackall’s pencil sketches do a fine job of capturing the comical overtones of the girl’s activities. This strong follow-up to Ivy and Bean (June 2006) is bound to please fans. (Picture book. 7-10)