Ivy + Bean, Book 1

Book review by Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Friendship tale a sure hit with kids starting chapter books.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 8+

We stopped reading it

The reading level of this book is perfect for early chapter book readers, with large print, 4 page chapters and big pictures. That’s where the list of positives ends. The language of this book is totally inappropriate for the target audience, and the main character is a mean, manipulative little girl. I was reading this with my almost 6 year old and we stopped reading it. I have now learned the lesson to check the reviews here or pre-read my kids books!
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age 6+

Parents should read this book before giving it to their children

This book sends poor messages to children about what is and isn't acceptable behavior. It glorifies bad behavior and behavior that is nice or good is shown as boring. There is also something dark about this book that is unsettling. Its one thing for kids to have a vivid imagination, but when you have them talking about using dead frogs and worms to cast spells ( they cast a spell on Bean's sister out of revenge)... Its just twisted and not appropriate at all. The book doesn't even redeem itself with good writing. It was a painful read. Please do not waste your money. It has no educational or moral value and I don't think that anyone should read it, especially not children.
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