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I Wanna Iguana
Contributor(s): Orloff, Karen Kaufman, Catrow, David (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0399237178     ISBN-13: 9780399237171
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2004

Annotation: In this Junior Library Guild Selection, a young boy tries to convince his mother to let him have an iguana for a pet. With lively, imaginative illustrations, Orloff and Catrow show their polar-opposite dreams of life with the reptile. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Iguanas as pets; Fiction.
Pets; Fiction.
Letters; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2002010895
Lexile Measure: 460
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 8.50" W x 0.50" (0.90 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 80398
Reading Level: 2.7   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q35539
Reading Level: 2.3   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Alex just has to convince his mom to let him have an iguana, so he puts his arguments in writing. He promises that she won't have to feed it or clean its cage or even see it if she doesn't want to. Of course Mom imagines life with a six-foot-long iguana eating them out of house and home. Alex's reassurances: It takes fifteen years for an iguana to get that big. I'll be married by then and probably living in my own house. and his mom's replies: How are you going to get a girl to marry you when you own a giant reptile? will have kids in hysterics as the negotiations go back and forth through notes. And the lively, imaginative illustrations show their polar opposite dreams of life with an iguana.

Contributor Bio(s): Karen Kaufman Orloff is the author of many books for children including I Wanna IguanaI Wanna New Room, and I Wanna Go Home, all inspired by her son's pet iguana who quickly grew to be over four feet long and take over his room. She also writes a humorous column on family life every other week for The Poughkeepsie Journal.

David Catrow is the illustrator of many picture books including Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon and its sequel Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon, written by Patty Lovell; I Wanna Iguana and its two companion books I Wanna New Room and I Wanna Go Home, written by Karen Kaufman Orloff; Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel; The Middle Child Blues by Kristyn Crow; and We the Kids: the Preamble to the Constitution. He lives in Ohio with his wife, Deborah.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Spring)
This epistolary picture book consists of an exchange of notes between a boy pleading to adopt a classmate's pet iguana and his apprehensive mother. Funny and true to life, the story (which has a happy ending) is amplified by Catrow's over-the-top illustrations, which portray a series of imagined scenarios, including a giant iguana riding a bike while playing a guitar. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2004 October)
PreS-Gr 3-This funny story is told through an amusing exchange of notes, as Alex tries to convince his seemingly unshakable mother that he should be allowed to adopt a friend's baby iguana ("If I don't take it, he goes to Stinky and Stinky's dog, Lurch, will eat it. You don't want that to happen, do you?"). The boy pulls out all the stops in his arguments: iguanas are quiet (so are tarantulas, Mom counters); the reptile could be kept on the dresser (they grow to over six feet, Mom replies); the iguana could be the brother he's always wanted (you already have a brother, Mom reminds him). Featuring his signature cartoon characters, Catrow's illustrations provide a hilarious extension of the text. Alex, with his unruly red cowlicks and kewpie-doll shape, is totally disarming, as is the iguana, which makes imaginative appearances strumming a guitar on a bike, sporting tiny swim trunks, and reading in bed. The tale is perfect for reader's-theater presentations and could also be used effectively as a writing prompt for older children. It will make even the most serious youngsters giggle.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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