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Monday, October 22, 2012

Ivy & Bean Make the Rules - Annie Barrows

Released September 2012

Annie Barrows
Sophie Blackall
Chronicle Books

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

As the ninth book in the Ivy & Bean series, Ivy & Bean Make the Rules is another fun glimpse into the lives of these two young girls. Bean's older sister gets to attend Girl Power 4-Ever Camp, and Bean is certainly jealous, but she's not about to show it. Instead, Ivy & Bean decide to form their own camp in Monkey Park - Camp Flaming Arrow. With plans to hang out and make their own rules, Ivy and Bean decide to make their camp the best camp ever.

Many kids in the 8 to 10 age group will appreciate all that Ivy and Bean do in this latest book. They get into a little trouble, but nothing too bad, and have so much fun. It's an involving story, one that many beginning readers will enjoy. While most boys tend to shy from books that clearly focus on girls, I think there are aspects in this book that will truly appeal to boys too. In fact, I can see many kids deciding to start their own games of Zombie or Komodo Dragons.

This is not a challenging read, but it's not a simple book either. It's the perfect step up for children who are ready to advance beyond picture books, but who still like to have some illustrations in their reading material. At just over 100 pages, it's a longer book with vocabulary that fits perfectly into a child's mindset.

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