Ivy and Bean are very realistic characters who play, laugh, fight, and get into trouble. They deal with the same issues that real middle class, 9-year-old girls deal with, like friends, siblings, and parents. In this installment, Bean is 'forced' into captivity with her older sister as the babysitter. Ivy helps her 'escape' and find more trouble. This chapter book has occasional sketches and illustrations that help readers visualize the girls' plight. Readers will also enjoy the ideas that Ivy and Bean come up with for games and activities.