SALES HANDLE: Newest title in the series that has been critically acclaimed, commercially successful (over 800,000 units sold!), and enthusiastically embraced by 6-10 year olds. KEY SELLING POINTS: HOW WILL THIS TITLE BE DISTINCTIVE: *Established series that continues to gain momentum with retailers, educators, AND kids. *Educators are increasingly focusing on growing kids' science skills (especially girls). *Great for both boys and girls ages 6 to 10. *Depiction of girls and their antics is spot-on in both words and pictures. * Within the context of the story, presents the issue of global warming in a thought-provoking yet non-frightening way--perfectly on target for the audience. *You can never have too many funny books for this age group. *A terrific friendship story with very real, strong girl characters. *A laugh-out-loud funny story. *Award-winning illustrator Sophie Blackall brings her own sense of fun to these mischievous and delightful characters. NOTABLE AUTHORS OR CONTRIBUTORS TO PROJECT: * NYT Bestselling author Annie Barrows! Highly promotable.
* Award-winning artist Sophie Blackall RELEVANT SALES COMPARISONS OR SALES INFO: * TOTAL SERIES SALES ARE OVER 800,000 The series has consistently garnered good reviews: Booklist, starred review Kirkus Reviews, starred review Publishers Weekly, starred review NY Public Library Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing 2006 Booklist Best Books of the Year 2006 Booklinks Best Books for the Classroom 2006 Featured in People Magazine
Annie Barrows started writing books when she was nine, but they never turned out the way she wanted, so she gave up on writing for twenty-five years. She's written a bunch of books for grown-ups, but Ivy and Bean is her first book for kids. Annie lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters. One daughter is like Ivy and the other is like Bean. They both make a lot of potions. Sophie Blackall is an Australian illustrator whose work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two delightful, spying, scheming, spell-casting children. Her previous books include Ruby's Wish and Meet Wild Boars.