Genres: Middle Grade
Series: Ivy Pocket #1
Published by Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: April 8th 2015
Source: the Publisher
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Ivy Pocket is a twelve-year-old maid of no importance, with a very lofty opinion of herself. Dumped in Paris by the Countess Carbunkle, who would rather run away to South America than continue in Ivy's companionship, our young heroine (of sorts) finds herself with no money and no home to go to ... until she is summoned to the bedside of the dying Duchess of Trinity.
For the princely sum of £500 (enough to buy a carriage, and possibly a monkey), Ivy agrees to courier the Duchess's most precious possession – the Clock Diamond – to England, and to put it around the neck of the revolting Matilda Butterfield on her twelfth birthday. It's not long before Ivy finds herself at the heart of a conspiracy involving mischief, mayhem and murder.
Illustrated in humorous gothic detail by Barbara Cantini, Anyone But Ivy Pocket is just the beginning of one girl's deadly comic journey to discover who she really is ...
Are you ready for Ivy Pocket? The wickedly funny, completely unreliable maid of no importance returns—this time as a coffin maker’s daughter—in this action-packed sequel to Anyone but Ivy Pocket. School Library Journal says, “Fans of . . . Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will love Ivy Pocket’s zany adventures.” Featuring extensive black-and-white interior art by Barbara Cantini throughout.
Everyone seems to want a piece of Ivy Pocket. Her adoptive parents keep trying to get her to clean the funeral home, even though Ivy’s certain she’s already the picture of a perfect daughter. A beautiful heiress named Estelle wants Ivy to uncover the dark truth behind her brother’s death. Her new friend, Miss Carnage, keeps asking Ivy the most curious questions (the poor, clueless dear). To top it all off, Ivy must protect the Clock Diamond from the evil Miss Always, who seems to be lurking around every corner! A fast-paced and hilarious follow-up to Anyone but Ivy Pocket, which Booklist praised as “a droll chapter book with a Victorian setting and a one-of-a-kind protagonist.” This is the second of three books about Ivy Pocket!
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Well, I am surprised! Well, GOOD surprised because I enjoyed reading the two Ivy Pocket books. It sort of reminds me of Coraline by Neil Gaiman, only a little bit less scary, and A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket!
The real reason I decided to take a chance on these books is because of the COVER! I mean, doesn’t it remind you of The Corpse Bride or Frankenweenie?
Three reasons to read the Ivy Pocket series
- SNARK! OMG! The snark is real! I love Ivy’s wit and intelligent and yes, her snark! I thought it was really brilliant AND fun, and sooo cute!
- FUN! I found myself LOLing at certain things Ivy did. I mean, cheesecake on the meanie? And just about everything Ivy does!
- IVY IS ANNOYING. But ultimately, it made me like her more! I love that I, as the reader, was able to know who the baddie is early on in the story and Ivy DID NOT SEE IT AT ALL! I thought that was hilarious, and yes, a little bit annoying, but that was the beauty of it!
If you haven’t read it yet, consider to give it a try. Maybe read it with your kids, if you have one? I love that I was able to enjoy it even though I am NOT the intended audience of the book (I’m a few years older than 12 LOL).
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Do you like it when it’s really, REALLY obvious to the reader early in the book (about 50 pages in) with the main character not knowing until almost the end? Do you think it is too annoying