By Chronicle Books

Reviewed for Second Grade, 2008

Ivy and Bean Secret Treasure Box

Bean thought playing with her neighbor Ivy would be like taking the next train to Boring. But she quickly learns that bookworm Ivy is just as feisty a troublemaker as herself! Author Annie Barrows' clever and kid-friendly wit, coupled with illustrations that give a kids-eye view of the world, make these books a hit with readers transitioning to chapter books. Now, the first three exploits of Ivy and Bean are available in a box set, accompanied by a secret treasure box complete with mini journal hidden inside! The perfect gift for a second-grader on a reading run, Ivy and Bean's adventures are sure to keep the pages turning until the very last word. (Chronicle Books, $19.99)