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Ivy + Bean One Big Happy Family: Ivy + Bean, Book 11

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Ivy tries to prove she's not "spoiled" in funny, warm tale.

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This funny, lighthearted story shows Ivy and Bean supporting each other as they try to prove that Ivy is not "spoiled" just because she's an only child. Rock-solid elements of grade school drama -- a kid making another kid feel bad because she's different in some way -- combine with wacky, inventive, kid-devised schemes to make Ivy + Bean One Big Happy Family a lively, entertaining read with heart.

Like real kids, the two best friends come up with (and abandon) creative ideas and imaginative plans one after the other, and nothing gets too serious. Yet the underlying message is sweet: You don't have to accept some name someone calls you out of ignorance and stereotyping. It's especially nice to see Bean stand up for Ivy and vouch for her good, generous character to the other kids, amid all their harebrained schemes. As always, Sophie Blackwell's abundant illustrations help move the story along with wit and charm.

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