Digging, digging through my junk, I found this book. What luck!
As the above said, I was cleaning the other day and found this reader copy of Ivy by Katherine Coville. Therefore, the illustrations were not completed, so I can only tell you that the images I did see look fun, cozy, and good for the ages aimed at. Which is kindergarten to second grade. The younger are listeners, the older with help and solo reads.
I can also tell you that this is an adorable book about how maybe things are better if they are a little messy. And things are always better when you and friends work together.
This short novel is sweet, silly, and combines the ideas of family, bullies, friendships, magical creatures, and expectations and “should haves.” When a Griffin and Dragon find their way to Ivy and her grandmother’s house, all they need is some healing (Grandmother is a healer of people, animals, magical creatures) and a place to stay as they have been tossed out of their homes because each village wants their village clean of all and any messes to win the new Queen’s contest of best village of the kingdom. And Grandmother and Ivy live in the biggest mess of them all. They do not sweep twice a day, plants are all over, and the animals crowd it all. All Ivy want is friends, take care of the animals and fulfill her dream of flying. And no three-legged Griffin, trolls or a Queen’s contest will get in her way. Or will it?
Just a cozy read that the adults know things will work out but has enough of an edge to keep younger readers/listeners on the edge of their seats.