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 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!
PS. Thanks, Court!