Cover image for Ivy + Bean doomed to dance / written by Annie Barrows ; illustrated by Sophie Blackall.
Ivy + Bean doomed to dance / written by Annie Barrows ; illustrated by Sophie Blackall.
Title Variants:
Doomed to dance

Ivy and Bean doomed to dance
1st Chronicle Books LLC pbk. ed.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2010, c2009.
Physical Description:
129 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
General Note:
Reprint. Originally published: c2009.
Second-grade best friends Ivy and Bean beg for ballet lessons, then, when they are cast as squids in their first recital, scheme to find a way out of what seems to be boring, hard, and potentially embarrassing.
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Finally! After months of 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 cover karate chops and roundhouse kicks. The girls have no interest in learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire balletcourse! 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.

Author Notes

Award winning author Annie Barrows was born in San Diego, California. She graduated from UC Berkeley. After graduation Annie became an editor editing books on a wide-range of topics. After she had edited a couple hundred books, she decided that that she could probably write one herself so she went to writing school. After writing several books for adults she decided she'd like to write for children.

Annie is the author of the Ivy and Bean Series which have won numerous awards including: 2007 ALA Notable Children's Book, Booklist, Editor's Choice, Best Books of 2007 Kirkus Reviews, The Best Children's Book of 2006, Best Early Chapter Books, Book Links, Best New Books for the Classroom, 2006, New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2006. she is also the co-author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Her title The Truth According to Us, also made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

Perusing The Royal Book of Ballet, Ivy and Bean admire Giselle's attitude in a picture in which she appears to have kicked a bad guy in the head with her pointed toe ("Wow...she showed him"). The friends beg for ballet lessons, promising their moms not to quit or complain -- and almost immediately regret their haste. Bean is bored ("Where was the leaping? Where was the kicking?"), and Ivy keeps falling over and getting hurt. But the final humiliation arrives when they're assigned the roles of squids in the "Wedding Beneath the Sea" performance and decide they have no choice but to run away ("What a great idea! Bean had been waiting for years to run away"). Their destination? Appropriately, the aquarium, where they'll slip away during their class field trip, hide, and at night collect money from the fountain to buy food (Ivy: "I read about it in a book"). 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. (Best picture here? Ivy attempting their initial recital-escape plan -- sprained arms -- only to become wedged, taco-style, in the caved-in roof of a plastic playhouse.) Ivy and Bean may not enjoy their adventures in ballet, but readers certainly will. From HORN BOOK, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.