Iggy Peck, Architect

By Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts

Abrams Books, 2007

Young Iggy Peck is an architect and has been since he was two, when he built a great tower — in only an hour — with nothing but diapers and glue. “Good gracious, Ignacious!” his mother exclaimed. “That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!” But her smile faded fast as a light wind blew past and she realized those diapers weren’t clean!

I can’t believe I bought this book for my son last Christmas (although, uh, my sister paid for it — thanks, Sarah!) and I’m just now noticing that that it’s written by the fabulous Andrea Beaty. Not only is Beaty responsible for the also-hilarious Doctor Ted, but when my son emailed her a fan letter, we received a gracious response in less than 24 hours. Nice. So Iggy is an architectural genius, even able to build the St. Louis Arch out of pancakes and coconut pie. Alas, his second grade teacher, Miss Lila Greer, despises all buildings. What’s poor, bored Iggy to do? Fortunately, a footbridge collapses during a class field trip to Blue River Pass, and Iggy saves the day with fruit roll-ups, tree roots, and at least one pair of hastily donated underpants. Beaty’s got an addictively offbeat sense of humor and her rhyming’s right up there with Mary Ann Hoberman.

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