Review: Ida B by Katherine Hannigan


by Captain Lyaf Yarr

Title: Ida B
Author:Katherine Hannigan
Format: Paperback
# of pages: 246
Grade Reading Level: 5th grade, Ages 9-12

Summary: When Ida B Applewood’s mother gets cancer she is forced to go to public school (she was homeschooled before.) She arrives with a bad attitude because she chooses not to enjoy it no matter what. With a grudge against her parents she discovers that her plan might not be easy and it’s gonna take more then just a little work. Can Ida B avoid disaster? Will she get herself into more trouble then ever before? Will the life she used to have be lost forever?

Why I Started the Book:

I started this book because my teacher had given it as a class assignment.


  • I liked Ida B’s crazy and far out imagination. I guess anything is possible in her book as long as you try hard and put your mind to it. It’s a really good attitude to have, I think.
  • Mrs. W (Washington) was a great character. She seemed like the answer to all of Ida B’s questions, and she was always right by her side.
  • I enjoyed how Katherine Hannigan wrote the parts about the trees. They were either talking or doing something. They we’re just like regular people but in tree form.


  • Ida B in general is sort of crazy. I mean talking to trees? “Nothing weird about that.” It’s just at some parts of this book were a little too weird for me.
  • Ida seemed immature to me because even if she was joking around about something it would still sound immature and childish.
  • This book was an easy read for me. The font was big and the lines were double spaced. For a book that talks about saving trees they sure used a lot of paper.

Last Minute Thoughts: As I was reading I could see everything as if it was in theaters. Katherine Hannigan writes in a very visual way. I wonder if they will make his book into a movie?

Buy: Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World

Book Rating: I give this book 3 treasure chests!

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  1. I love this book so much!!! I hope that katherine writes more book like Ida B. Maybe there could be a Ida B 2> Just saying!! But i love this book!!! And hope to read more like it!!

  2. Sorry I forgot….. writes more books!!!! I forgot the s at the end of book!! But love the Book Ida B!!!

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