Krisp, Caleb. Anyone but Ivy Pocket. Illustrations by Barbara Cantini. Greenwillow Books, 2015. $17.99. ISBN 9780062364340. 382p. Ages 8 – 12. Q7P8
Ivy Pocket is a 12 year old orphan who has become an English lady’s maid. Ivy was abandoned by her recent employer with the instructions “DO NOT FOLLOW ME!” Ivy takes this as a sign of her employer being “barking mad” and strives to find employment elsewhere (a challenge given all suitable patrons have witnessed Ivy’s behavior with her previous employer). Ivy is wonderfully self deluded and thinks all of her mishaps and misadventures are due to the ignorance of people around her and not of her own making. The humor lies in how she interacts with those around her. She is blunt and seemingly as uncaring as she is ignorant. I found myself wondering if she has deluded herself on purpose, and maybe this is the point. The author’s sense of humor and mischief are prevalent on every page. The only downside to this extremely entertaining book is the heavy use of hyperbole, which may confuse younger and/or more literal readers.
June 2016 review by Terri Lippert.