Iggy Peck, Architect

Iggy Peck boy
Courtney called me last week to say that she sent a present for my nearly-3-year-old-daughter but that I, as an architect, was definitely going to be interested in the content. She nearly had me sitting next to the post-box until the postman showed up!

The present ended up to be the delightful book Iggy Peck, Architect.

Iggy is a little boy who is absolutely obsessed by buildings. His parents are quite proud of their genius son, who can build a tower from dirty nappies, a great Sphinx out of dirt, and churches and chapels from peaches and apples. I mean, what parents wouldn’t be swollen with pride?

His teacher in second grade, Miss Lila Greer, is unfortunately less enthusiastic about little Iggy’s obsession… She had a traumatic experience as a 7-year old child when she got lost in a skyscraper and ended up stuck in an elevator with a strange bunch of French people! Can you imagine? After that, she wants nothing to do with buildings or building-lovers, and if you think about it, you can’t really blame her.

Iggy PeckIggy has to hold back his passion and concentrate on boring stuff such as reading and writing, until Miss Greer takes the class on a hike and something unexpected happens…
Iggy saves the day (as architects do, sometimes), and cleverly cures Miss Greer from her anxiety.

Iggy Peck, Architect is written by Andrea Beaty in a fast-paced rhyme scheme (I love reading books like this to my kids, it’s like rapping to them)! The illustrations are by David Roberts, and are absolutely fabulous. A treat for every creative soul – any age!

xxx Esther

PS. Thanks, Court!

4 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Courtney | April 22, 2008 | Reply

I also LOVE rhyming books! They are so fun to read!
I’m glad you like it! :)

2. Steph | April 22, 2008 | Reply

I need another rhyming book to replace The Gruffalo that gets read at least 5 times a day in my house! I also love buildings so this sounds perfect.

3. ashlee | April 22, 2008 | Reply

hey, this is great! i dont have a child, but i read them to my younger siblings all of the time. i have read this one to her many times!

4. Marielle Wiesinger | April 23, 2008 | Reply

A great book…I read it to my grade one class and they loved it. What is especially interesting is the wonderful illustrations: very modern … the home Iggy lives in and his parents’ style of clothing. My son commented, “I love Iggy’s hair “. Great for all the inspiring architects among us. I am going to use it in my Architecture for Children program next year.

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