Book review: Ivy + Bean Take the Case, by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall

Barrows Ivy Bean Take the CaseBarrows, Annie and Blackall, Sophie. Ivy + Bean Take the Case. (Ivy + Bean series). Chronicle Books, 2013. $5.99. ISBN 9781452128719. 132 pgs. Ages 6-9. P8Q7.

Bean is inspired by a movie (it sounds like a film noir private eye movie) she watches with her mom to become a private investigator. She picks up the language, finds an old felt hat and an old-fashioned telephone that she can bang down, an assistant (Ivy) and sets up an office in the yard. That’s the easy part- the hard part is finding cases to investigate in her neighborhood. Eventually Ivy and Bean have a case but it isn’t so easy to solve. This is a fun, easy read that will make Ivy + Bean fans happy. December 2014 review by Carol Schramm.


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