Iggy Peck, Architect
By Andrea Beaty , illustrated by David Roberts
This is the bittersweet story of Iggy Peck, who has been an architect since he was two.
Growing up, he built towers of diapers, a sphinx with dirt clods, churches from apples and the St. Louis Arch from pancakes and coconut pie.
Now when our friend makes it to second grade his teacher states "We do not talk buildings here"
Iggy suffers as the teacher seems inflexible about construction, based, we learn, in some traumatic childhood experience of hers in a tall building.
Luckily in a class outing, Iggy skills are much needed when he builds a bridge and saves the day, getting the teacher's recognition.
..."Now every week at Blue River Creek elementary in second grade, all the kids can hear, along with Miss Greer, how the world greatest buildings were made"...
This is a story of creativity being rewarded at the end. The text is funny and beautifully written in rhyme. The illustrations are super detailed and charming, really outstanding.
It is really in my list of top favorites this year!