Monday, November 12, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Clementine AND Ivy +Bean PLUS a Giveaway!

Today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday features two series for early middle grade readers - the Clementine books by Sara Pennypacker and the Ivy + Bean books by Annie Barrows. Continue reading to find out more, as well as how to enter to win a book from each series!

Both of these series are great for kids who are ready for longer books, but still enjoy see pictures of the characters. The characters are familiar and readers love to have friends like Clementine, Ivy and Bean.


First up - CLEMENTINE AND THE FAMILY MEETING
by Sara Pennypacker with pictures by Marla Frazee 
originally published in 2011 

From the back cover: 
Clementine is having a nervous breakdown. The FAMILY MEETING! sign is up in her house, and she just knows she's in trouble for something. Has she been too mean to her little brother? Too sloppy? Eating too much junk food? Try as she might to find out what's on the agenda, her parents won't reveal anything before the meeting. As far as Clementine is concerned, the agenda should be something like: "We're getting a gorilla." But no, it's something entirely different. And different doesn't always mean good! 

This is the fifth book in the series and shows the sibling perspective of adding another child to a family. With Clementine, you always know you're in for a laugh! 



Second - IVY + BEAN: NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS 
by Annie Barrows with pictures by Sophie Blackall 
published in 2011

From the book jacket:
Ivy and Bean need some money. Ten dollars, to be exact. Never mind what for. Okay, it's for cheese. Two bags of lowfat Belldeloon cheese in a special just-for you serving size. Don't ask why. Ten dollars! How are Ivy and Bean going to make ten dollars? Should they babysit? Diapers! Yuck! Should they wash the car? Probably not. Should they write a newspaper about Pancake Court and sell it? Yes! Great idea, and easy, too. All Ivy and Bean have to do is snoop around the neighborhood to get some news. Wow. It's very interesting what you can find out when you look in your neighbors' windows. It's even more interesting when the neighbors read about it in the newspaper. 

This book is the eighth book in the series. October 13, 2012 was Happy International Ivy + Bean Day, and in honor of the special occasion  many bloggers were giving away copies of the books and other fun prizes. I was lucky enough to win two hardcover copies of Ivy + Bean books.  One I have for you and one I'm donating to the library at my boys' school. For tons of fun stuff about Ivy + Bean check out www.chroniclebooks.com/ivyandbean/.

Now for the giveaway.  I realized recently that I've been blogging for over a year. It has been fun sharing books and writing with you, and I look forward to many more posts. I'm so thankful for those of you who stop by, especially those of you who are followers. It means so much to me to know that you enjoy reading my posts!  So to celebrate you, I'm giving away not one, but two books this week. One of you will win a paperback copy of CLEMENTINE AND THE FAMILY MEETING and another lucky person will win a hardcover of IVY + BEAN: NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS. Two of you win a great book for yourself or a young reader you may know. They would both make great Christmas presents, too!

To enter, please leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. this Saturday, November 17. For those of you who follow the blog, you will get an additional entry. If you follow via email, please let me know in the comments. (US and Canadian entries only, please.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'll announce the winners next Monday. For my favorite MMGM links - please see the list of links to the right. Have a great week!