Are you ready for Ivy Pocket? The wickedly funny, completely unreliable maid of no importance returns—this time as a coffin maker’s daughter—in this action-packed sequel to Anyone but Ivy Pocket. School Library Journal says, “Fans of . . . Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will love Ivy Pocket’s zany adventures.” Featuring extensive black-and-white interior art by Barbara Cantini throughout.
Everyone seems to want a piece of Ivy Pocket. Her adoptive parents keep trying to get her to clean the funeral home, even though Ivy’s certain she’s already the picture of a perfect daughter. A beautiful heiress named Estelle wants Ivy to uncover the dark truth behind her brother’s death. Her new friend, Miss Carnage, keeps asking Ivy the most curious questions (the poor, clueless dear). To top it all off, Ivy must protect the Clock Diamond from the evil Miss Always, who seems to be lurking around every corner!
A fast-paced and hilarious follow-up to Anyone but Ivy Pocket, which Booklist praised as “a droll chapter book with a Victorian setting and a one-of-a-kind protagonist.” This is the second of three books about Ivy Pocket!
Quick Reasons: more snark from Ivy Pocket, with just a hint of emotional growth/maturity; there seemed a bit less action/adventure in this installment; the twists weren’t quite such a mystery this round; cute prose, adorably dark characters, beautiful illustrations; I still love Ivy’s “medical remedies”
Huge thanks to Caleb Krisp and HarperCollins Publishers for sending me an early ARC of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this title.
Due to this, however, I will not be including quotes from this novel in this review. This is to keep myself, the author, and the publishers from getting into any sort of legal trouble that may arise from including said quotes without proper checking in the finished publication. I hope you guys don’t mind!
Once again, Ivy Pocket took me on a wildly humorous and strangely dark journey. Once again…I adored every moment of it, though I think I’m going to have to buy the finished product in order to see all the awesome illustrations I missed out on! Seriously, the artist for these novels does a beautiful job; the illustrations always highlight specific small moments of the story, and also make me chuckle. I can’t wait to see the rest of them in the final publication; I’m sure I won’t be disappointed!
As always, there were several unexpected twists and turns to the prose, though I felt like the action/adventure portion was a bit less in this installment than in the first read. It wasn’t stilted in any way—the read was still quick, lively, and entertaining—but I didn’t feel as if AS MUCH were happening to Ivy. This is possibly due to several things: 1. She knows better how to use and control the Clock Diamond; 2. She has grown and matured a bit with the loss of her dear friend, Rebecca; and 3. She isn’t trying nearly as hard to impress everybody, as she’s found herself a family to stay with.
Of course…in Ivy Pocket’s world, nothing is as simple as it seems, and there are dangers and dastardly consequences lurking around every corner. I still adore Ivy’s personality; the snark and sass were just as prominent here. She still always does the unexpected, especially when delivering “medical remedies” to other characters. She still made me giggle like a maniac several times during the read.
Overall, this installment was adorable. The journey was wild, dark in all the right ways, and still humorous—I don’t know how Caleb Krisp manages this, but he does it wonderfully. I really enjoyed this ARC, and can’t wait to get my hands on the finished product—and on book 3! I definitely recommend to lovers of sassy characters, dark humor, and gorgeous illustrations. Pick this series up, guys—and somebody, stop Ivy Pocket!