Author's Comment: Q: What inspired you to write the first 'Ivy and Bean' book, especially as a chapter book for younger readers?
A: It all started when my daughter was six-and-a-half, at the end of first grade. After we read the 'Magic Tree House' series and Junie B. Jones, we ran out of stuff to read. There was a big, empty hole. I was looking for a chapter book that was age appropriate and at the right reading level. I was floundering around the library looking for something - something that was more than easy readers and not the full blown novels for older children. I thought, "Something needs to be done about this! This is terrible!" Then I thought: "Wait a moment, I'm a writer. Maybe I should write a book for these kids."
For this age group, children like stories that reflect their own reality. Later on, books for children get so heavy. I wanted to create a light-hearted experience, something that was fun to read.