Authors: Annie Barrows
“The deliciousness is in the details here, with both girls drawn distinctly and with flair.”
, starred review
“. . . illustrations deftly capture the girls’ personalities and the tale’s humor. . . . Barrows’s narrative brims with sprightly dialogue.”
, starred review
“Readers are bound to embrace this spunky twosome and eagerly anticipate their continuing tales of mischief and mayhem.”
“This strong follow-up… is sure to please.”
“… the series’ strong suits are humor and the spot-on take on relationships.”
“This story defies expectations of what an early chapter book can be.”
School Library Journal
BREAK THE FOSSIL RECORD
written by annie barrows + illustrated by sophie blackall
For Clio and Esme, who laugh at all the right parts —A. B.
For Georgia and Silas, finders of impressive bones —S. B.
Text © 2007 by Annie Barrows.
Illustrations © 2007 by Sophie Blackall.
All rights reserved.
Ping-Pong is a registered trademark of Parker Brothers, Inc.
M&M’s is a registered trademark of Mars, Inc.
The illustrations in this book were rendered in Chinese ink.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Ivy and Bean break the fossil record / written by Annie Barrows ;
illustrated by Sophie Blackall.
Summary: Everyone in second grade seems set on breaking a world record
and friends Ivy and Bean are no exception, deciding to become the youngest
people ever to discover a dinosaur skeleton.
[1. World records—Fiction. 2. Fossils—Fiction. 3. Friendship—Fiction.]
I. Blackall, Sophie, ill. II. Title.
Chronicle Books LLC
680 Second Street, San Francisco, California 94107
Bean turned her book upside down and tried to read it that way. Cool. Well, sort of cool. No. Boring.
Bean sighed and turned her book back right side up. It was a book about cats that she had picked from the school library. There was a different cat on each page. Bean liked cats, but reading about them was driving her crazy. All the cats looked the same except the sphynx cat, who didn’t have any fur. He looked halfway between a dog and a rat. Bean liked him the best.
I bet Ivy’s never seen a sphynx cat, thought Bean. She knew she wasn’t supposed to talk during Drop Everything and Read, so she poked Ivy in the ribs.
Ivy’s eyes were binging across the pages of her book. Bing, bing, bing. She looked like she was watching a Ping-Pong game. She didn’t even notice Bean.
So Bean poked her again. “Hey!” she whispered. “Earth to Ivy!”
“Hmm?” Ivy mumbled.
“Looky here! It’s a dog-rat!” Bean whispered louder.
Ivy looked for a little tiny second.
“Oh,” she said and went back to reading.
Bean sighed again. All the other kids in Ms. Aruba-Tate’s second-grade classroom were bent over their books. Even Eric, who usually fell out of his chair two or three times during Drop Everything and Read,
was quiet. He had a book about man-eating sharks.
MacAdam was picking his nose. Bean raised her hand. Ms. Aruba-Tate didn’t see because she was reading, too, so Bean called out, “Ms. Aruba-Tate!”
“Shhh,” whispered Ms. Aruba-Tate. “What is it, Bean?”
“There’s a problem, and it starts with
,” began Bean, looking hard at MacAdam. “And then
.” She wiggled her finger
next to her nose, just in case Ms. Aruba-Tate needed an extra hint.
Ms. Aruba-Tate looked at MacAdam, too. Then she put down her book and came over to Bean’s table.
“I brought this from home especially for you, Bean,” she said, holding out a big, shiny book. “See,” she pointed at the cover. “It’s
The Amazing Book of World Records.
I think you’ll like it.”
Bean wasn’t sure. “What’s a world record?”
“When someone does something better or longer or weirder than anyone else in the whole world, that means they’ve set a world record.”
“Weirder?” Bean asked. That sounded interesting.