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30 DAYS OF PB 2013 aDay Twenty-Two: Iggy Peck, Architect

by Andrea Beaty, illus. by David Roberts

Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2007.

igg peck cover

“A hilarious, irreverent book introduces Iggy Peck, who has been building fabulous creations since he was two. But when his new second-grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge.”–publisher’s comments.

igg peck page

Traumatized at an early age by architecture, Iggy’s second grade teacher forbids any hint of it in the classroom. This sucks for Iggy because he is all about the Architecture and has been since an early age. He was precocious to say the least about it. Now school is boring–that is, until he is able to prove his creative genius is of value after all.

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iggy peck page 2

{love the reverse shots}

The story is that straightforward, except in how Andrea Beaty manages a rhyming text throughout. Hers is enjoyable work and –no shocker–so are David Roberts’ illustrations. I love looking at the characters and their clothes, the patterns and textures. He has an eye for story in his compositions, in what is or is not there. For example, when Architecture is banished, Iggy sits at an empty desk, alone on a massive expanse of white page. There is nothing left for him, and he isn’t the only one to lose out for it. The classroom literally disappears. Then there is that fun when Iggy inspires his classmates to help save the day.

Iggy is entertaining. This will be a good purchase for the young creative mind in the family (which is, hopefully, every young mind you know); by the time she/he gets around to Architecture there should actually be some design work.

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