Iggy Peck, Architect

Iggy Peck, Architect

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts

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  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
  • Format: Hardback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 236mm x 280mm x 12mm | 380g
  • Publication date: 19 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 081091106X
  • ISBN 13: 9780810911062
  • Illustrations note: cl / bw / tt illustrations, cl / bw / tt photographs
  • Sales rank: 1,284

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Iggy Peck has been building fabulous creations since he was two. His parents are proud of their son, though sometimes surprised by some of Iggy's more inventive creations (like the tower he built out of used diapers). When a new second grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building too much to give it up! With Andrea Beaty's irresistible rhyming text and David Roberts' unique and stylish illustration, this book will charm creative kids everywhere.

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Andrea Beaty's first book was When Giants Come to Play. She is the recipient of the prestigious Barbara Karlin Honor Grant for picture-book writing from the Society of Children's Book Writers an illustrators. She lives in Illinois, USA.

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By Zenna Nixon 28 Oct 2014 5

A really lovely book about a passionate and different child, Iggy Peck. Beautiful illustrations and really well written

By GP 30 Dec 2013 5

This book is a favourite in our household. Has also been given as gift at many birthdays. Beautiful story, fantastic illustrations. Suitable for 5 years up. Recommend highly.

Editorial reviews

A repressive teacher almost ruins second grade for a prodigy in this amusing, if overwritten, tale. Having shown a fascination with great buildings since constructing a model of the Leaning Tower of Pisa from used diapers at age two, Iggy sinks into boredom after Miss Greer announces, throwing an armload of histories and craft projects into the trash, that architecture will be a taboo subject in her class. Happily, she changes her views when the collapse of a footbridge leaves the picnicking class stranded on an island, whereupon Iggy enlists his mates to build a suspension bridge from string, rulers and fruit roll-ups. Familiar buildings and other structures, made with unusual materials or, on the closing pages, drawn on graph paper, decorate Roberts's faintly retro cartoon illustrations. They add an audience-broadening element of sophistication - as would Beaty's decision to cast the text into verse, if it did not result in such lines as "After twelve long days / that passed in a haze / of reading, writing and arithmetic, / Miss Greer took the class / to Blue River Pass / for a hike and an old-fashioned picnic." Another John Lithgow she is not, nor is Iggy another Remarkable Farkle McBride (2000), but it's always salutary to see young talent vindicated. (Picture book. 6-8) (Kirkus Reviews)