Ivy + Bean: Doomed to Dance by Annie Barrows

Ivy and Bean return in Book 6, Ivy + Bean: Doomed to Dance  by Annie Barrows.

When Ivy’s grandma sends her a book titled The Royal Book of Ballet, Ivy and Bean imagine what it would be like to be the Wilis in the production,  Giselle.  Right away they want to take ballet lessons and they know they are going to love it!

After finally convincing their moms, Ivy and Bean are off to Madame Joy’s to learn ballet, but ballet isn’t anything like they expected and they can’t complain because they promised they wouldn’t.  Then they find out that they are going to be the Two Friendly Squids in the “Wedding Beneath the Sea” production and they are determined to do just about anything to make sure they don’t have to dance in that ballet. Hatching a great plan to run away while on a school field trip, the girls come up against a mysterious dark room, sharks and some weird animals that glow in the dark.  Maybe running away is not such a good idea after all.

I absolutely adore Ivy + Bean.  This funny series of “two friends who never meant to like each other” continues with this latest adventure. I requested to review this one because I danced for ten years and both my girls are dancers.  I also thought my reluctant reader might connect with that aspect of the book and be encouraged to pick up Doomed to Dance; and she did, reading it with zest.

There is so much to like in this book:  the friendship between Ivy and Bean, the relationships with their mothers, the escape plan they devise to avoid dancing in the ballet, how they come up with this plan after eliminating a few other ideas they toyed with, and how they plan to make the “Wedding Beneath the Sea” production educational and fun.

The illustrations provided by Sophie Blackall are charming and whimsical, just like the characters, and I’m still laughing over the vision of Bean’s ballet kitty as she crouched down on her hands and knees and growled.

This product’s page at Chronicle Books has a video trailer for the book and a link to their Ivy + Bean webpage that has games and contests available.  While all six books in this series are sold separately, the first four books are available in the boxed set for holiday gift giving.

I know I’ll be checking out the past and future books in the Ivy + Bean series.  I bet your favorite girl ages 6 – 10 will enjoy them too.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • ISBN 9780811862660
  • ISBN10 0811862666
  • SRP:  $14.99

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