Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp

The Lovereading4Kids comment

The irresistible Ivy Pocket bounces back after the adventures recounted so brilliantly in Anyone But Ivy Pocket, as self-willed and gloriously self-deluded as ever! She believes she’s been adopted by a benevolent couple, the Snagsbys of Snagsbys Economic Funerals, but readers will realise a) she’s their maid and b) one of their economies seems to involve hastening customers into those cut-price coffins. Ivy is still in possession of the mysterious Clock Diamond and therefore able to travel between dimensions. She’s determined to rescue her friend from one of these and – as ever – oblivious to the many nefarious types out to prevent her. There are few adventures as original, exciting or funny as Ivy’s – please, no-one stop her!

Readers will also enjoy Knights of the Borrowed Dark, which while darker has the same range of intriguing and original characters and clever writing. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, Anyone but Ivy Pocket. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 12 - 'This book is unlike any other book I have read. The story was so unique and different. I loved the plot twists and the characters.'
  • Katharine Thomas, age 10 'If you like an exciting storyline, great characters and a fantastic plot then this book is for you!...I would rate it a 5/5 because it is well- written and keeps you guessing until the end.'
  • Ella, age 10 - 'Anyone But Ivy Pocket is a fun book that made me laugh and jump at the same time. It's quite unusual as it’s a Victorian mystery but with some supernatural elements too. I enjoyed it.'
  • Isabelle Preston, age 10 - 'I liked this book because it is a mystery book and is full of adventure.'
  • Molly Betts, age 9 - 'My favourite character was Ivy because she is adventurous, just like me! I would rate this book: *****'
  • Susanna McGurk, age 14 - 'The first novel in the Ivy Pocket series was a great first novel and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.'
  • Tegan Butler-Moore, age 9 - 'This a good book about a girl who gets involved in a thrilling drama about a murdered Duchess and a mysterious necklace. I really enjoyed it!'
  • Charlotte, age 10 - 'A funny, exciting book. I loved every second of it.'
  • Susie Bridge, age 12 - 'I think 'Anyone but ivy pocket' by Caleb Krisp is really good because for me it make me realize how other people family move away and how lucky I am.'
  • Daisy Theobald, age 12 - 'The more I read it the more I didn't want it to finish. I owould give the book a 10/10!'
  • Oliver Nicholls, age 10 - 'I like the book, it was very mysterious.'
  • Cait Galbriath, age 9 - 'Prepare to meet the clumsy but funny Ivy Pocket - Ivy Pocket will take you on daring adventures so hold on tight.'
  • Lucy Streeter, age 10 - 'This book is all about mystery and adventure...Ivy Pocket is a ball of fire!'

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Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp

Ivy is now the beloved daughter of Ezra and Mother Snagbsy, coffin makers, even if she does have to work rather like a maid. Their trade is roaring, and Ivy is as happy as a pig in clover. Especially when she escapes to the library to talk to the devastatingly sympathetic Miss Carnage. But then Ivy guesses that all is not as it seems with her new parents, and discovers that she can pass into the world of the Clock Diamond. There, she sees her friend Rebecca, horribly sad and desperate. Can Ivy save Rebecca, and what do a missing aristocrat, a forbidden love affair and a bullfrog have to do with her mission? Illustrated in humorous gothic detail by John Kelly, Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket is the second tale in Ivy's deadly comic journey to discover who she really is ...Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket


Praise for Anyone but Ivy Pocket.

A wonderfully entertaining heroine Financial Times

Exuberantly told with apt and wildly witty caricatures from John Kelly, it has a fun, original voice Sunday Times

Praise from bloggers:

an exuberant, lively, enthusiastic, mysterious, playful, layered and most of all highly enjoyable read! Children's Book Chat

a delight; a laugh-out-loud cobweb of intrigue and mystery with a Dickensian feel, a dash of fantasy, and a heroine like no other Space on the Bookshelf

Funny, morbid and entertaining...a hilariously bizarre protagonist who will definitely make you laugh The Bibliomanicac

This story absolutely blew me away What Lexie Loves

About the Author

Caleb Krisp

Caleb Krisp was raised by militant librarians who fed him a constant diet of nineteenth century literature and room temperature porridge. He graduated from the University of Sufferance with a degree in Whimsy and set out to make his mark in the world as a writer. Years of toil and failure followed, until, following a brief stint working in a locked box, Caleb moved to an abandoned cottage deep in the woods and devoted himself to writing about the adventures of a twelve-year-old lady's maid of no importance. Caleb has a strong dislike of pastry chefs and certain domesticated rabbits. His only communication with the outside world is via morse code or kettle drum. He trusts no one.

A Q&A with Caleb Krisp

1. What was your favourite book when you were a child?

My favourite childhood book concerned four children, a country house and a wardrobe. It featured a majestic talking lion and a large quantity of turkish delight. I spend many happy hours lost inside its pages - and I still venture there from time to time.

2. Who is your favourite hero in a book?

My favourite hero is from a novel without a hero. Her name is Becky Sharp and she lives in the pages of a book called Vanity Fair. Becky Sharp is a strange creature. She does as she pleases. She flounces around making mischief and a certain amount of misery. And she is utterly and delightfully herself. Rather like Ivy Pocket.

3. Who is your favourite villain in a book?

This is a monstrously difficult question! Villains are one of the great delights of storytelling, it seems to me. In the end, I have settled on three. Quilp from The Old Curiosity Shop, Madame De La Rougierre from Uncle Silas and Count Fosco from The Woman in White.

4. If you could be a character from a book who would you be?

Colin, from The Secret Garden. He's bedridden, has a phantom hump on his back, is wondrously melodramatic and the heir to a gloriously grim gothic estate (complete with secret garden). What could be better?

5. If you could recommend just one book for everyone to read what would it be?

The one collecting dust in a far flung corner of your room. Don't you know it's been lying there all this time - just waiting for you to open the cover and step inside?

6. Who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become a writer?

Each and every book I read on my journey to adulthood influence my vocation as a writer. Those books - perhaps hundreds if you added them all up - transported me to other times and other places. They were worlds of endless possibility, heart-stopping danger and infinite wonder. Grand houses, quaint cottages, whole villages, cities and countries were built in the landscape of my imagination, thanks to those books. It is to this wonderland that I travel whenever I am in search of my next story. I always seem find new characters there, in some forgotten room or dim attic, just waiting to tell me their tales.

7. What inspired you to write your latest book?

I wanted to write about a girl who was unlike many of the heroines I read about in middle grade fiction. A girl who was plucky and optimistic, yes, but also incorrigible, delusional, loose with the truth, infuriating and utterly bonkers. Ivy Pocket turned up fully formed as I started to write the book - I heard her voice in my head, clear as church bells, and I hurried to write it all down before she went away.

8. Do you have any abandoned stories in you ‘bottom drawer’ that you would like to revisit?

A great many. Most are terrible. But a few are worth revisiting. One day, when the adventures of Ivy Pocket are but a memory, I might just dig them out, dust off and see if they have a story worth telling.

Photo taken from Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency Author page.

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336 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

5th May 2016




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