Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

Iggy Peck
Iggy Peck with a few of my son’s Lego constructions

I love books that honor and show value to the incredible imagination that kids are born with. “Iggy Peck, Architect” is one of those books.

Iggy is a 2nd grader who has, since birth, been enthralled by buildings and construction. Towers built from diapers, castles of chalk, and a sphinx of mud…Iggy can build anything. But then he is confronted by a teacher who refuses to allow him to build. He is told he cannot pursue his passion any longer, until the day that it is only Iggy and his knowledge that can save the day.

Iggy Peck is wonderful because it celebrates a kid with an off-beat interest. It isn’t a story about the classically popular kid or the one who loves sports or cars. It is a kid who loves to create and use his imagination. And it’s a story where, in the end, an adult not only learns from a child, but then embraces him as a teacher in his own right.

From the cover shot you can get a sense of the whimsical illustration style. The text, while utilizing a rhyming pattern, is rarely predictable. I doubt many would anticipate a stanza rhyming “the group” with “eating cheese with a French circus troupe.” It makes it as fun for the reader as for the listener.

This book is recommended for readers aged 4-8, which feels on target.

Published by Katrina Ávila Munichiello

KAM is a freelance writer, editor, and lifelong lover of books. She was the kind of kid who woke up before sunrise to read before school and her passion for books has never waned. After nearly a decade of work in public health and the non-profit sector, she became a stay-at home mom. The twelve years since have allowed her discover a new life’s ambition — writing. She published her first book “A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time,” a collection of essays written by tea lovers around the world, in 2011, and has had articles and essays featured in outlets including Yankee Magazine and Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. She served as Senior Editor of Tea Magazine. She currently writes picture books and middle grade books and is loving every minute of making them better. She is a member of NESCBWI, Vice President of Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library and advisor of an elementary school Newspaper Club.

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