Iggy Peck, Architect (Andrea Beaty)


Hello, friends! Today’s book is Iggy Peck, Architect, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts, a tale about the importance of fostering passion and creativity.

Ignacious “Iggy” Peck builds his first building at age two: a towering skyscraper of glue and diapers (used). And despite his unusual choices of medium, such as food or dirt, his parents encourage his love of building. But when he attends second grade with Miss Greer, he is disheartened to find that the subject of architecture is forbidden in her class (due to Miss Greer’s disastrous childhood experience with skyscrapers). Not able to practice his passion, Iggy loses his thirst for knowledge, becoming listless and disinterested in school. One day, on a class trip across the river, the footbridge that connects them to the mainland collapses, leaving the children and their teacher trapped! But architect Iggy knows just how to save the day, and might just change Miss Greer’s opinion of building in the process.

This is the third book we’ve read from Beaty & Robert’s STEM-inspired series, and it’s just as satisfying as the previous two, but for a surprisingly different reason. While all three books are about scientific wunderkinds pursuing their endeavors despite discouragement and disappointment, Iggy specifically faces an authority figure who dismisses his work based on inherent bias. It’s a surprisingly apt metaphor for some of the problems scientists today can face, and a cautionary tale against dissuading children’s interests based on our own prejudices. It makes Iggy’s message feel like one for adults as much as children, and I liked that. Adding to the excellent story is Robert’s fun and quirky graph-paper illustrations and some spritely rhyming text. The length is fine, and JJ enjoyed it. Perfect for scientists of any age, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

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2 thoughts on “Iggy Peck, Architect (Andrea Beaty)

  1. Andrea Beaty says:

    Thank you for the lovely review of IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT!

    Readers can find more info on Iggy (and Rosie Revere and Ada Twist) and their creation at my website. http://Www.AndreaBeaty.com

    There are also free downloadable posters encouraging kids to become critical thinkers by reading, questioning, and thinking. They are beautiful! 🙂

    Thank you again! I love your blog!

    Andrea Beaty
    author of IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT/ ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER/ ADA TWIST, SCIENTIST

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    • thebabybookworm says:

      Please go and check out Andrea Beaty’s blog, and download the posters! I have printed out copies and framed them, and they’re waiting for when we move into our new house to be hung up in JJ’s new playroom.

      And thanks to you! This series has been so enjoyable and important to us, and I’m thankful that it’s there to encourage little readers to fight for their ideas, their right to learn and be curious, and to keep going in the face of discouragement and occasional failure. Your books are wonderful, and I’m so flattered you like our blog!

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