{book} taking the case

Ivy + Bean: Take the Case (Book 10) by Annie Barrows + Sophie Blackall (illus) Chronicle Books, 2013. Hardcover, 126 pages. Modeling herself after a classic film noir detective from her mother’s favorite film, Private Investigator Bean “laughs at danger! […] And she and her assistant, Ivy, are ready, willing, and able to solve anyContinue reading “{book} taking the case”

{book} ivy+bean make the rules

Ivy + Bean Make the Rules (bk 9) written by Annie Barrows  illustrated by Sophie Blackall Chronicle Books, 2012. Hardcover, 127 pages. Ivy + Bean is a series for young grade-schoolers that I just cannot resist following, even now that Natalya has “outgrown” them. And yet, who was that blue-haired young lady giggling from behindContinue reading “{book} ivy+bean make the rules”

{book} the magic half

Fairy tales and science fiction* make the odd pairing in The Magic Half. Magic makes the time-travel easier—at least to explain, anyway. And The Magic Half may be a nice introduction to time-travelling for the younger set; as well as serve as a reminder of the perils of being a sibling, an orphan, and/or livingContinue reading “{book} the magic half”

ivy+bean: no news is good news

Ivy + Bean : No News is Good News (book8) by Annie Barrows w/ Illus. by Sophie Blackall Chronicle Books, 2011 Hardcover,127. Juvenile Fiction, Ages 6-10. Ivy and Bean need some money. Ten dollars, to be exact. Never mind what for. Okay, it s for low-fat Belldeloon cheese in a special just-for you serving size.Continue reading “ivy+bean: no news is good news”

a Blackall connection (1)

Sophie Blackall is one of my favorite Illustrators, children’s books or no*. When I try to think of just one word to describe her work: Vivacious comes to mind. Odd, I know, but it works. Her Illustrations are “attractively lively and animated.”** She is one of those Illustrators whom I will read the book becauseContinue reading “a Blackall connection (1)”