The adventures of Ivy and Bean continue in the sixth installment from series creators Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall.
Finally! After begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want...well, not exactly. Much to their surprise, it turns out ballet lessons do not include karate chops and roundhouse kicks to the villain's heart. The girls have no interest in learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire ballet course! When it comes time for Ivy and Bean to participate in the ocean-themed class recital, the girls must figure out a way to get out of it without breaking their promises.
Size: 5 1/2 x 7 1/4 V
Age Range: 6 - 10 years
Publication Date: 09/30/2009
Annie Barrows lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters. She is also the co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Sophie Blackall is an Australian illustrator whose previous books include Ruby's Wish and Meet Wild Boars. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
"Another pleasing adventure, engagingly illustrated and fun for new readers."
"In this sixth entry in the series, Barrows continues to provide early chapter book readers with a laugh a minute in a story loaded with comic situations of which illustrator Blackall takes full advantage. Ivy and Bean may not enjoy their adventures in ballet, but readers certainly will."
—The Horn Book Magazine
"The story is solidly written, and the expressive black-and-white illustrations, some full-page, add to the humor. Early chapter-book readers will appreciate and relate to the friends' dilemma."
—School Library Journal