A lie about cartwheels–and it could be yours for free!

Ivy and Bean are outside with the rest of the gymnastics club. They are taking turns doing cartwheels. Bean does one and then sits down, somewhat dizzy. Emma does nine in a row. Zuzu does twelve plus a backbend. And when it’s Ivy’s turn, she says she is guarding the jackets. When others protest that you can’t be in Gymnastics Club if you are just going to guard jackets and start to doubt whether Ivy can even do a carthwheel, Bean intercedes.

“She can do a cartwheel. I’ve seen her.”

Ivy, who has never done a cartwheel in her life, is surprised by her friend Bean. But any reader with a good friend—the kind of friend who has your back, the kind of friend who doesn’t hesitate to lie about your cartwheeling ability, won’t be surprised at all. And it is this powerful friendship that I love so much about these books.

But, after some shenanigans with boys playing soccer, the cartwheels soon to become irrelevant:

“Like I was saying, I can’t do a cartwheel at the moment,” said Ivy.

“Why?” asked Zuzu with her hands on her hips.

“Because,” Ivy said, “we’ve got an emergency situation going on. Right over there.” She pointed.

Emma, Zuzu, and Bean followed Ivy’s pointed finger across the playground. She was pointing directly to the girls’ bathroom. The one right outside their classroom.

Duh, duh, duh. (Hear the music?)

Title: Ivy and Bean: The Ghost that Had to Go
Author: Annie Burrows
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall
Age: Early Chapter Book, Early Elementary School
Genre: Realistic Fiction

And so begins another adventure with the two friends, this one about “The Ghost that Had to Go.”

Ha! (If you didn’t laugh, read it again and remember that Ivy was pointing to the bathroom.) Okay, see, now you are laughing. To laugh some more, write a comment below to enter to win a FREE COPY of Ivy and Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go (Book 2). More details about the contest are here. (Remember, I’m giving away one book every week for NINE weeks, so come back next week too!)

And for ideas about things to do with your kids, check out this page on Ivy and Bean’s way cool website!

Comment away!

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27 Responses to “A lie about cartwheels–and it could be yours for free!”

  1. I’m 30mumblemumblesomething years old and I’ve still, never, done a cartwheel in my life. I’m here to say that it is, after all, possible to live a fulfilling life without cartwheels. :)

  2. I taught myself to turn one-handed cartwheels by eating a pimento cheese sandwich with the one “free” hand – saving the sandwich was great motivation! We miss you in Nashville, Wendy & hope all is well in your newest chapter.

  3. This is such a fun series! Thanks for the contest!

  4. Thanks for sharing your blog and for this contest. What a great find. Book’em (in Nashville, TN) loves Ivy & Bean. Hope we win a book! – Melissa Spradlin, ceo@bookem-kids.org, http://www.bookem-kids.org.

  5. Ghost in the bathroom. I can relate to this one. There is a persistent rumor about a girl’s restroom at my school and Bloody Mary who ‘haunts’ it.

  6. would love to read this to my daughter :)

  7. my 4 yo is learning on his own to do cartwheels and trying to teach in the 7yo so he has company. good entertainment for the rest of the family! we’d love to win a copy of the book

    • I love the idea of a 4yo teaching a 7yo anything, but especially cartwheels! That sounds wonderful! Good luck with the contest (and if your comment account isn’t linked to an email, make sure you check back to see if you win!

  8. My daughters favorite part of this book is when Bean cuts Nancy’s hair- she thinks that is really funny!

  9. Thanks for hosting this fun celebration!

  10. My daughter loves these girls and their adventures! Great books.

  11. I’ve got a super bookworm that loves Ivy&Bean books!

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