Ivy – Katherine Coville, illustrated by Celia Kaspar


      Ivy – Katherine Coville, illustrated by Celia Kaspar, Alfred A. Knopf, (9780553539752), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Fantasy

What did you like about the book?  In this enchanting fairytale story a little girl named Ivy lives with her Grandmother in the town of Broomsweep.  Grandmother is known as a healer of creatures and Ivy also has a way with animals.   Trouble appears in the form of the mayor’s wife Mistress Peevish as well as some neighborhood children who bully Ivy.  The town of Broomsweep is a place where everything is neat and tidy, except for Grandmother’s cottage.  The townspeople are anticipating the arrival of the new Queen Emmeline who will choose the best town in the kingdom of Evermore.  They insist that Grandma and Ivy clean up their garden and get rid of all the recuperating animals.  Grandma and Ivy try their best to make things neater, but their efforts are hampered by the arrival of a three-legged griffin named Cedric, a dragon named Balthazar, and parcel of pixies.  In the end these unwanted unusual creatures will save the town from a band of trolls and win the favor of the queen.  The short chapters and small detailed pencil illustrations make this a perfect book for readers transitioning to chapter books.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend this to readers who love fairytales and mythical creatures.  Fans of Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pierce and Maggie Stiefvater and The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi’s  will love it too.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Chapter books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  3/18/17             

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