'Ivy and Bean: One Big Happy Family' is the eleventh book in the series, out this August

By David Canfield
February 20, 2018 at 04:20 PM EST
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Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall’s hugely popular children’s book series Ivy and Bean is finally back after a five-year hiatus.

The action is being picked up in One Big Happy Family, the 11th installment in the series, which brings quiet Ivy and rebellious Bean back together for another hilarious adventure. Since its 2006 inception, the Ivy and Bean series has sold more than 5 million copies and has considerably raised the profile of its creators: Illustrator Blackall won the 2016 Caldecott Medal for her book Finding Winnie, while author Burrows is gearing up for the film adaptation of her best-seller The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, due in April.

For followers of Ivy and Bean, here’s a tease of what to expect in the upcoming new book: Ivy’s worried that she will grow up to be spoiled because she is an only child. She’s read a lot of books about only children, so she knows that they are sometimes spoiled rotten. They don’t share their toys. They never do any work. They scream and cry when they don’t get their way. Spoiler alert! Ivy doesn’t have any brothers or sisters. That’s why she’s worried. How can she keep from getting spoiled? She could give away all her clothes, but she’d probably get in trouble. She could give away all her toys, but she likes her toys. There’s really only one solution: She needs a baby sister, on the double! Luckily, Bean and Ivy know just where to get one.

One Big Happy Family will be made available on Aug. 28. Until then, you can check out the adorable cover below, as well as exclusive excerpt panels. Safe to say: Longtime Ivy and Bean fans won’t be disappointed, and young readers who have yet to check out the series will find this a fine starting point. Read on below.

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Excerpt from “Ivy and Bean: One Big Happy Family,” by Annie Burrows and Sophie Blackall

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