Iggy Peck is a boy who has been building things since he was two-years old. His first creation was a tower made out of diapers and glue. He also made replicas of famous landmarks out of some interesting materials. However Iggy's passion for architecture is squashed by his second-grade teacher because she had a bad experience in a building when she was a child. On a class picnic, a bridge collapses and Iggy and his classmates save the day by using their ingenuity to build a new bridge out of common items.
When asked what his favorite things in the book were, Nicholas said it was definitely the pictures. He thought the “giant cat” was funny (it was really a sculpture of the Sphinx). He laughed at young Iggy when he went around without wearing a diaper. But his favorite was the one when the teacher was stuck in the elevator with the French circus. He also thought it was “awesome” that a little kid could build “really cool stuff.”
I also enjoyed the illustrations. The rhyme scheme used in this book kept it fast-paced and interesting. I thought focusing on the ingenuity of kids was an important part of this book because it teaches that with enough effort and passion kids can accomplish some incredible things. “Iggy Peck, Architect” encourages creativity in children by allowing them to use their imaginations for coming up with their own creations.
Iggy Peck, Architect
Abrams Books for Young Readers (2007)
Reviewed by Leslie Granier and Nicholas Lopez (age 5) for Reader Views (11/07)