Ivy Pocket Blog Tour Review

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I was given a copy of these books from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Ivy pocket isn’t just your average twelve year old. She is, funny,sassy, witty, and most of all self-important. Her insults are often wrapped up in complements and she is convinced that she is spectacular at everything she does.

The Ivy Pocket series, by Caleb Krisp, is a fun, new, middle grade series set in Victorian England.  So far two of the books have been published, ‘Anyone But Ivy Pocket’ and ‘Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket’.

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Anyone But Ivy Pocket
Author: Caleb Krisp
Series: Ivy Pocket
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: April 8,2015
Genres: Middle Grade
 Pages: 387


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 …
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Title: Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket
Author: Kaleb Krisp
Series: Ivy Pocket
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication date:
May 31,2016
Genres: Middle Grade
Pages: 416


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 toAnyone 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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My take: I really enjoyed reading the ‘Ivy Pocket’ books. The story is gloriously funny, while still being cute. The gothic feel of the novels and the characters made them different from any middle grade books I have read previously.The funny lines in the book, literally, had me laughing.

The character of Ivy is often tackless and pushy. She offends everyone she meets. It’s wonderful to see a middle grade character that isn’t  perfect and is still endearing. 

Now let’s discuss the amazing illustrations. The covers are bright and vivid and Barbara Cantini’s drawings complete the story beautifully. The illustrations help bring the story to life without being too scary. There are many illustrations through the novel that are hilarious.IMG_0499

 I found the writing is simple enough for a middle grader but entertaining enough for an adult. I breezed though both novels and am eagerly awaiting the third installment.

Can’t wait for my kids to be able to read these . I am giving the series four stars.



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