Podcast #25: Ivy and Bean – No News is Good News by Annie Barrows

An Interview with Jane Smith

For my twenty-fifth Dream Gardens kid lit podcast, I interviewed author and illustrator Jane Smith about one of her favorite children’s books,  Ivy and Bean – No News is Good News,  written by Annie Barrows and illustrated by Sophie Blackall.

Published in 2011 by Chronicle Books, Ivy and Bean – No News is Good News is the eighth book of the Ivy and Bean series.  Ivy and Bean are the best of friends, even if the only thing they have in common is a knack for getting into trouble. In this book, the girls  are determined to find a way to earn money to buy the red-wax covered little cheeses that are all the craze at their school. Their idea?  To snoop on their neighbors in Pancake Court and showcase all the juicy details in a newspaper called The Flipping Pancake. After all, what could go wrong?  As it turns out, just about everything.

You can find Jane’s website at superjane.com. Her latest books It’s Halloween Chloe Zoe  and It’s Thanksgiving Chloe Zoe, as well as other books in the Cloe Zoe series, are available at Albert Whitman  and Company’s website, which you can find at www.albertwhitman.com/series/other-series/chloe-zoe.

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I will be taking a holiday break from podcasting for the rest of December, but the Dream Gardens podcast will return on January 2nd, 2018 to start off the new year.  Until then, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!