Second-graders Ivy and Bean set out to expel the ghost who is living in the girls' bathroom at their school.
Everyone in second grade seems set on breaking a world record and friends Ivy and Bean are no exception, deciding to become the youngest people ever to discover a dinosaur skeleton.
When Bean's parents leave her in the care of her older sister Nancy for the afternoon, she enlists her neighbour and best friend Ivy to come over and teach Nancy how to be a really good babysitter.
Best friends Ivy and Bean learn that being very good, or very bad, can be a real challenge when they set out to become like a man Ivy heard about who was so pure of heart that birds and animals followed him.
Second-grade best friends Ivy and Bean beg for ballet lessons, then, when they are cast as squids in their first recital, scheme to find a way out of what seems to be boring, hard, and potentially embarrassing.