Saturday 13 October is International Ivy + Bean Day, when we celebrate two very cool characters created by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall. Book shops and libraries all over the world (including here in New Zealand) are having special Ivy + Bean parties. I’m hosting one in my library, with activities, games, giveaways and a reading of the latest Ivy + Bean story. Here is Annie Barrows to tell you all about International Ivy + Bean Day:
I sat down with Ivy and Bean to ask them a few questions about their favourite things and what they like about each other. Thanks for joining us Ivy and Bean!
- How did the two of you meet?
Ivy: Bean was running away from home.
Bean: I had to run away from home. Because of Nancy. That’s my older sister.
Ivy: You had to run away from home because you wiggled your behind at Nancy.
Bean: But I wouldn’t have wiggled my behind at her if she hadn’t been trying to get me in trouble.
Ivy: But she wouldn’t have been trying to get you in trouble if you hadn’t taken her twenty dollars.
Bean: But I wouldn’t have taken her twenty dollars if she hadn’t been such a tightwad.
Ivy: So really, it was Nancy who helped us meet.
Bean: Sometimes Nancy’s okay.
- What do you like best about your friend?
Bean: She can cross one eye without crossing the other.
Ivy: One time, Bean ate wood for a dollar.
- Who is the most annoying person you know?
Ivy: There’s this girl named Nellie in the book I’m reading who’s really annoying. She says mean things about the main girl’s dog.
Bean: She’s not real. You can’t say she’s the most annoying person you know, because you don’t really know her.
Ivy: I know her. I’m reading about her.
Bean: But she’s not real. She’s in a book. You have to say someone real.
- What is your favourite food?
Bean: Syrup! Or doughnut holes! I love doughnut holes! I can stick four of them in my mouth at once and then I smash them flat between my tongue and the top of my mouth. It’s great!
Ivy: Chocolate mousse. I used to think it was made out of moose.
- What do you want to do when you grow up?
Ivy: I’m going to be a witch.
Bean: I’m going to write the fortunes that go inside fortune cookies. Or be an arborist. I haven’t decided.
- What is your most embarrassing moment?
Bean: I don’t want to talk about it. Sometimes, people are thinking about other stuff and aren’t paying attention every single little second and they don’t exactly see where they’re going and it’s not their fault.
Ivy: It could have happened to anyone. It probably does happen to almost everyone, but maybe not when twenty-six other kids are watching.
Bean: And their parents.
Ivy: Never mind. They probably would have painted that part of the room over anyway.
- What’s the craziest scheme you’ve ever come up with?
Ivy: Do we do anything crazy?
Bean: Nah. He must be talking about someone else.