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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Iggy Peck, Architect

Iggy Peck, Architect

Fall 2007 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Andrea Beaty
Illustrator: David Roberts
ISBN: 978-0-8109-1106-2
Hardcover Price: $15.95
New Yorker fans will feel right at home in the world created by David Robert's illustrations: a bit of George Price's fine line, a touch of Peter Arno's soigné sophistication, a dash of Gahan Wilson, and a retro-'50's feel in both personal and architectural décor. Baby Ignacious knows from toddler-hood that he wants to be a builder; he erects a tower (out of diapers and glue), a Sphinx (out of clods of dirt), and "churches and chapels from peaches and apples." His parents applaud his efforts, but by second grade things are looking grim when his teacher, Miss Lila Greer, announces " ‘ We do not talk of buildings in here!’ " There's a touch of Madeline in the rhyming text as well as in Iggy's independent spirit as he perseveres and, in the way of children's books, saves the day (and Miss Greer as well). Occasionally, the nonsense - along with the rhyme scheme - feel forced and it may take more than one reading to wrap one's tongue around the sometimes clunky meter, but the breezy detailed pictures - some done on graph paper - and the comical premise may just carry the day.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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