Ivy + Bean

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Ivy + Bean is a children's book series written by American author Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, and published by Chronicle Books.


In the stories, Ivy (a quiet, intellectual girl) and Bean (a rambunctious, wild girl) become fast friends despite their differences and their initial reluctance to like each other – "two friends who never meant to like each other", as the tagline for the series goes. They are both 7-year-old girls who live on a cul-de-sac in a suburban environment on Pancake Court, in a town of which the name is unmentioned. In each book, they get into considerable mischief and have wild adventures with the other characters in the neighborhood.

The books feature illustrations, but are not picture books; the reading level is suitable for middle-grade school readers. As of 2021, there are twelve books in the series.[1]


The books in the series are:

  • Ivy and Bean (April 2006)
  • Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go (October 2006)
  • Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record (August 2007)
  • Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter (2007)
  • Ivy and Bean: Bound to Be Bad (October 2008)
  • Ivy and Bean: Doomed to Dance (September 2009)
  • Ivy and Bean: What’s the Big Idea? (September 2010)
  • Ivy and Bean: No News Is Good News (September 2011)
  • Ivy and Bean Make the Rules (September 2011)
  • Ivy and Bean Take the Case (September 2013)
  • Ivy and Bean: One Big Happy Family (August 2018)
  • Ivy and Bean: Get To Work! (April 2021)


The books were planned to have an animated series that would have aired on Universal Kids. However, the series ended up in development hell and Universal Kids eventually ceased developing original content in 2019.[2]

In 2020, it was announced Netflix will adapt the books into a live-action feature film.[3] Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Lynch, Sasha Pieterse, Nia Vardalos, Jaycie Dotin, Garfield Wilson, and Marci T. House will star.[4]


  1. ^ "Ivy + Bean Get to Work! Ivy + Bean, Book 12". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  2. ^ "Sprout Expands Programming Slate". licenseglobal.com. 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  3. ^ "Children's Book Series "IVY & BEAN" Gets the Live-Action Movie Treatment at Netflix". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved 2020-12-19.
  4. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 16, 2021). "Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Lynch, Sasha Pieterse, Nia Vardalos & More Join Netflix Family Film Series 'Ivy & Bean'". Deadline Hollywood.

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