Ivy and Bean Get to Work!

Chronicle. (Ivy and Bean: Bk. 12). Apr. 2021. 128p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781797205106. POP.
Gr 1-4–In the latest “Ivy and Bean” tale, the principal visits the girls’ classroom to announce a career fair. There, the second graders are inspired to become treasure hunters. The classmates uncover various treasures including a broken plate, a lost toy, a hoard of cans, and a bunch of change. Feeling left out, Ivy and Bean use a divining rod (and some creativity) to locate things in each others’ yards—they have each hidden items for the other to find. After a show-and-tell among the classmates, an exchange ensues, and Ivy and Bean are content to return to their pre–career fair plans for their futures. As always, Barrows’s concise, clever text captures a child’s voice and perspective. Characters are fully realized with age-appropriate thoughts, actions, and attitudes. This accessible story will appeal to children ready for short chapter books and will work equally well read aloud. Depicting a diverse classroom of distinctive students, Blackall’s signature black-and-white illustrations break up the text and bring Barrows’s characters to life. Though this is the 12th in the series, it stands on its own; however, new readers will want to discover the duo’s previous adventures. Ivy and Bean are both cued as white.
VERDICT This funny, engaging story is an excellent addition to all libraries, and a must for those stocking the series.

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