Ivy and Bean Secret Treasure Box

Ivy and Bean Secret Treasure Box


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New York Times best-selling series of books for children - Ivy + Bean

Meet Ivy and Bean, two friends who never meant to like each other: This boxed set, Ivy & Bean's Secret Treasure Box (Books 1-3) is a delightful introduction to these spunky characters. It includes the first three books in the Ivy and Bean series, and a secret treasure-hiding box with a cool surprise inside!

Author Annie Barrows talks about her award-winning Ivy + Bean series: One of the big problems of being a kid is that your parents often try to make you play with people you don't really like. My parents were forever trying to get me to like the kids of their friends. These kids were often weird. I didn't want to play with them. It was a problem.

Ivy and Bean are very different: Bean is loud and wild and goofy. She loves to be involved in games and poke her nose in other people's business. Ivy is quiet and full of ideas. She spends most of her time learning how to be a witch. Each girl thinks the other one is weird. Each girl thinks she could never be friends with the other. But sometimes opposites can become the best of friends because they're opposites.

Ivy & Bean's Secret Treasure Box (Books 1-3) includes:

  • Book 1: Ivy + Bean: Both girls were sure they would never like each other, but when Bean finds herself in a pickle, Ivy helps out with a magical spell. The results are glorious: Bean's sister Nancy loses her mind, and Ivy and Bean become forever friends.
  • Book 2: Ivy + Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go: Ivy discovers that there's a ghost in the girl's bathroom at Emerson School. What could be cooler? Nothing, until the teachers find out, and Ivy gets in trouble. The girls have to get rid of the ghost, and quick. Potions-and plumbing-come to the rescue.
  • Book 3: Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record: Bean wants to break a world record, but all she seems to be breaking is dishes. Out in Bean's backyard, Ivy and Bean dig up a pile of ancient bones and discover that they are record-breakers: they're the youngest paleontologists in the world! The problem is that nobody believes them.

If you and your child liked Junie B. Jones, Magic Tree House books, and Princess in Black; you'll love Ivy & Bean.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811864954
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Series: Ivy and Bean Series
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 26,931
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.40(h) x 2.10(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Annie Barrows has written many books for adults, but Ivy and Bean is her first series for kids. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.

Sophie Blackall is an Australian illustrator whose previous books include Ruby's Wish and Meet Wild Boars. She lives in New York.


Berkeley, CA

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1962

Place of Birth:

San Diego, CA


University of California at Berkeley, B.A. in Medieval History; Mills College, M.F.A. in Creative Writing

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Ivy and Bean Secret Treasure Box 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved reading these books with my 8 year old daughter. They are funny and very enlightening to say the least. We share this time together and have enjoyed the things that these two girls get into. Rebeka can see some of herself in each girl and she gets a kick out of that. I look forward to reading the other books about these two. I know we will enjoy them together.
aangelicaa070707 More than 1 year ago
I bought my daughter her first Ivy&Bean book when she was 8. She doesn't like to read much, and yet she couldn't put these down. Now she is 12 and she still enjoys reading the new one that comes out and adds it to her collection! ;) She says they are fun and silly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 7 year old wasn't really into reading until we purchased this set, she couldn't put them down. I was even catching her reading under the covers with a flash light at bed time! she can't wait to get more Ivy and Bean stories to fill up her book shelf.
bluelab More than 1 year ago
We can't stop reading this book. It's really funny and awesome. This is a book we like to read over and over. We think you would like it, too.
Annsmom More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter loved it, especially the hidden treasure book.
swrhl89 More than 1 year ago
I have two girls, 5 and 7, and we checked the first two books from the library. After being immersed in the books for a few days I knew this was the type of book we'd love for our own book shelf and it's been a great purchase. My 5 year old seldom listens to chapter book readings from myself to my 7 year old during our bedtime routine, but the illustrations were enough to grab her attention. I often see my 7 year old re-reading the book by herself, and my 5 year old peering through the pages and asking how to read certain titles and sentences to figure out exactly what the pictures are about. This is really one of my favorite kids' chapter series and I believe it's one of my daughters', also. I look forward to reading what Ivy and Bean are up to, also...absolutely!
dejackson More than 1 year ago
This is a quote from my six year old niece. I purchased this set for her for her birthday and they were a big hit.
lovebooksNE More than 1 year ago
I bought Ivy and Bean for my 7 year old granddaughter for Christmas. She cannot put them down! Better than electronic games, her favorite gift! These books spark a child's imagination!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has been a favorite for every child I have given it to. The Treasure Box gift set is a more economical way to purchase it and the kids love the box.
Trishas6grands More than 1 year ago
So well written and entertaining. My granddaughters love these books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchased for Granddaughter's #9 Birthday! She was so happy and wanted to read immediately. She liked the Treasure Box with a personal journal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 6 year old loves these girls and their adventures!
rose weiler More than 1 year ago
i love ivy and bean books there sooo funny
ExAnimo195 More than 1 year ago
My 10 year old niece loved it, couldn't put it down!
EzReaderEP More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I Love these books. My daughter is 5 and I am exposing her to chapter books that do not have many pictures. These books are cute, interesting and hilarious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 1st grader loved getting this set. The tiny surprise book was a much loved hidden treasure. The book characters are fun and engaging. Her teacher recommended it and we are very happy with this choice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ivy and Bean is a hilarious book that many second graders can relate to. If you like this respond to abbs_girl on your kindle or other tablet. Bye!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good! I've read all the books!! Everyone should!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hear good things.who new that differt girls wounld be friends. I DID! So it good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is hard to find books for my little book worm, but these fit perfectly. She can't stop talking about the two friends and she has flown through the three books in a week and a half. I have to go and buy the rest.
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If you like cartoon books you will love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On a whim I got this set for my reluctant 8yr old reader. She instantly fell in love with, and related to Ivy. By chapter two she was hooked. I introducedthe book by readingthe first chapter out loud toher and her 6yr old sister. My 8 yearld took the nookfrom me after that and readthe nexttwo chapters to her sister and I. I'm so glad to have found such a great series of books that shecan read and enjoy!