The Definitive Guide to


Written by Katherine Coville & illustrated by Celia Kaspar
5.5 / 7.0
- Bookroo Rating
Goodreads Rating - 3.9 / 5.0
Add to list
Prices as of Apr 14
Retail Price
used $16.99
Jan 1, 2017
Publication Date
Target Age

What's Ivy About

Publisher Summary

Ivy’s grandmother is a healer—to mostly four-legged patients of the forest. Although the woodland creatures love her, the residents of Broomsweep grumble about Grandmother’s unkempt garden. When a kingdom-wide contest is announced to proclaim the tidiest town in the land, the people of Broomsweep are determined to win. That is, if they can get Ivy’s grandmother to clean up her ways. Ivy is determined to lend a hand, but the task proves more challenging when a series of unexpected refugees descends on Grandmother’s cottage. Before the week is over, an injured griffin, a dragon with a cold, and a tiny flock of temperamental pixies will cause a most untidy uproar in Broomsweep . . . and brighten Ivy’s days in ways she never could have dreamed.

What Kind of Book is Ivy

Quotes from Ivy

  • “Ivy had a way with animals. Beasts and birds were not afraid of her. They let her touch them and feed them and carry them, and though she couldn’t understand their languages, she seemed to know what they liked.”
  • “Ivy tried again to sneak a look. This time she kept her face away from her hands as she moved her thumb just a crack. Out popped a tiny head–an exquisitely shaped little person’s head. It was saying something that Ivy imagined must have been very rude, but she couldn’t understand it.”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Ask your child about the pixie incident to hear how Ivy makes a new neighborhood friend, and talk about how learning more about someone might change your opinion of them.

  • Ask your child about the importance of being polite around the pixies, and use it as an opportunity to discuss manners.

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mama who believes you're never too old for magical stories of talking animals and imaginary worlds.
5.5 / 7.0

This book will have you missing your own sweet grandmother! Ivy wants to learn how to be a healer, just like her grandma. Ivy lives with her and learns from her, but the neighbors hate how unkempt her yard is, as they want to be awarded the tidiest town in the kingdom. This story has magical creatures and plenty of fun, and I love that it has great messages of being kind and helping others without being preachy.

Book Lists That Include Ivy

Book Topics › healers and healing
Children's Books About Healers And Healing
Book Topics › Age 9
Children's Books About Age 9
Kids Book Club
Monthly. Curated. Delivered.
Get Started
As low as $16.95 / mo

Who Wrote Ivy

Katherine Coville

KATHERINE COVILLE is an artist, a sculptor, and a doll maker who specializes in highly detailed images of creatures never before seen in this world. She has illustrated several books written by her husband, Bruce Coville, including <i>Goblins in the Castle, Aliens Ate My Homework</i>, and the Space Brat series. Bruce and Katherine live in Syracuse, New York, with a varying assortment of pets and children.

View Author

Who Illustrated Ivy

What Has Celia Kaspar Said About Ivy

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Celia know that you want more details about Ivy!

What Has Katherine Coville Said About Ivy

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Katherine know that you want more details about Ivy!

Celia Kaspar's Book Dedication

For Cara Joy

What town do Ivy and her grandmother live?
  1. In Broomstock
  2. In Broomsweep
  3. In Gallawith
  4. In Galladen
Take the Full Quiz!

More Books From These Creatives

Books You Might Enjoy If You Liked Ivy

Book Details

Publication Date:
January 1, 2017
Text Details:
The text of this book is set in 17-point Cloister.
Library of Congress Number (LCCN):
WorldCat Number (OCLC):
Lexile® Level:
ATOS® Book Level:
Accelerated Reader® Points:
Accelerated Reader Quiz:
Accelerated Reader Interest Level:

Contribute to this page

Core Score - 77%
This page is starting to look fantastic!
Depth Score - 31%
Just the barebones.
Improve this page
Are you the author or illustrator? Claim this page.