I Wanna Iguana

I Wanna Iguana

By (author) Karen Kaufman Orloff , Illustrated by David Catrow

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Alex just has to convince his mom to let him have an iguana, so he puts his arguments in writing. He promises that she won't have to feed it or clean its cage or even see it if she doesn't want to. Of course Mom imagines life with a six-foot-long iguana eating them out of house and home. Alex's reassurances: It takes fifteen years for an iguana to get that big. I'll be married by then and probably living in my own house. and his mom's replies: How are you going to get a girl to marry you when you own a giant reptile? will have kids in hysterics as the negotiations go back and forth through notes. And the lively, imaginative illustrations show their polar opposite dreams of life with an iguana.

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  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 259.08 x 381 x 50.8mm | 612.35g
  • 09 Sep 2004
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers
  • Kirkwood
  • English
  • 0399237178
  • 9780399237171
  • 3,225

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Author Information

Karen Kaufman Orloff is the author of many books for children including"I Wanna Iguana," "I Wanna New Room," and"I Wanna Go Home," all inspired by her son's pet iguana who quickly grew to be over four feet long and take over his room. She also writes a humorous column on family life every other week for "The Poughkeepsie Journal." David Catrow is the illustrator of many picture books including "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon "and its sequel "Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon," written by Patty Lovell;" I Wanna Iguana" and its two companion books "I Wanna New Room "and "I Wanna Go Home, " written by Karen Kaufman Orloff; "Our Tree Named Steve" by Alan Zweibel; "The Middle Child Blues" by Kristyn Crow; and "We the Kids: the Preamble to the Constitution. "He lives in Ohio with his wife, Deborah."

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Review text

In epistolary dialogue with his mom, a lad yearning for an iguana tries various approaches, from logic and sweet talk to emotional blackmail. His mother puts up a valiant defense-"Dear Mom: Did you know that iguanas are really quiet and they're cute too. I think they are much cuter than hamsters. Love, your adorable son, Alex." "Dear Alex: Tarantulas are quiet too"-before ultimately capitulating. Catrow's scribbly, lurid, purple-and-green illustrations bring the diverse visions of parent and child to hilarious life, as a lizard of decidedly indeterminate ancestry grows in stages to the size of a horse, all the while exhibiting a doglike affection toward its balloon-headed prospective keeper-who is last seen posed by a new terrarium, pumping a fist in victory. A familiar domestic interchange, played out with broad comedy-and mutual respect, too. (Picture book. 7-9) (Kirkus Reviews)

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Persuassive Text

I read this book to my grade 3/4 class today. It's agreat book for introducing persuassive text. Great story and fantastic pictures that the kids related to. They absolutely loved it. This book was a real motivator for them to start writing letters to their parents.show more
by Ann Ginis