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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers see some of the tasks involved in making a community newspaper.
Ivy + Bean: No News Is Good News espouses positive messages about integrity, a strong work ethic, and accepting responsibility for the consequences of your actions; it also promotes friendship.
Positive Role Models
Ivy and Bean are likable, relatable young girls -- smart, a little precocious, well-intentioned but mischievous, curious, and realistically stubborn. Adults are present and engaged, but also portrayed with realistic frustrations and limitations.
Violence & Scariness
Minor instances of risky behavior: In one scene, a few kids toy with the idea of setting a leaf or a bush on fire with a magnifying glass. In another, two girls play dead by putting fake red cheese wax on their faces. Both instances are humorous, but parents should be aware of the potential risk for copying the behavior.
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No profanity is used, but there are references to "bad words" being used a lot, and in one instance, a girl writes down the first letter of the bad words she overheard.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ivy + Bean: No News Is Good News, Book 8 of the popular Ivy + Bean series, has a few very minor instances of mischievous behavior (playing with fire with a magnifying glass, pretending to be dead, and spying on neighbors to write about them for a community newspaper). However, it's all done with a very light touch and lots of humor, and the girls ultimately learn some lessons about the lines they've crossed.
Is It Any Good?
The eighth book in the Ivy + Bean series is by turns funny, relatable, heartwarming, silly, and prankish. It's an engaging read for young girls, with delicate black-and-white pencil drawings that portray the title characters' trials, tribulations, and fascinations with realism and wit. This book celebrates differences and girl friendship -- Ivy is quiet, Bean is loud, and in spite of their best efforts to resist their parents' urge to pair them together as friends, they realize they really do like each other.
Readers will find a sidesplitting adventure that speaks their language, and parents can appreciate that this is the sort of book series that fosters a deep love of reading and sparks curiosity.
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