Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty ★★★☆☆ #BookReview #BookBlog #PictureBook

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Primary Genre(s): Children’s Picture Book
Published: 1 Feb 2016 by Abrams Books for Young Readers
Page count: 32
My Format: ebook via Overdrive
Cover: Eye-catching
Pacing: Good
Ending: Everyone is happy
Would I recommend it: Yes
Commission Link: Buy Iggy Peck, Architect

My rating: ★★☆☆

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Iggy has one passion: building. His parents are proud of his fabulous creations, though they’re sometimes surprised by his materials—who could forget the tower he built of dirty diapers? When his second-grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building too much to give it up!

My Thoughts
After discovering Rosie Revere, Engineer (click title for my review) I knew I had to read the author’s other books in the Questioneers Picture Book series. Fortunately for me, Iggy Peck, Architect was available immediately on Overdrive. Here are my pros and cons for Iggy Peck, Architect:

Pros

  1. As with Rosie’s book, this book isn’t really about encouraging a career in architecture or pushing a particular STEM field, but instead it is loosely about following your dreams in spite of adversity.
  2. I didn’t love that the teacher tried to shut down Iggy’s interest in architecture, but I appreciate that a reason was given for her dislike of buildings instead of just making it an irrational decision as a plot point.
  3. Humorous verse. Some lines made me laugh. A tower built from dirty diapers?! Kids will love that!
  4. Since I am from the St. Louis area, I was tickled to see that the St. Louis Arch was mentioned in the story!
  5. Fun illustrations!

Cons

  1. I didn’t feel like the verse flowed quite as well for this book as it did in Rosie Revere, Engineer. Some of it felt a little awkward and forced.
  2. One could argue Iggy’s project that “saves the day” at the end of the book is actually structural engineering and not architecture. It is a quibble, but it stood out to me as inaccurate.

Summary
I didn’t like Iggy Peck, Architect as much as I liked Rosie Revere, Engineer. Rosie’s book had a solid lesson (keep trying, never quit, failure is okay if we learn from it). Iggy’s book was more about his talent saving the day, and perhaps just proving to his teacher that his interest has value. The story wasn’t bad, but to me it just wasn’t as impactful and interesting as Rosie’s story. That said, I still think this is a cute book and is a solid part of the Questioneers Picture Book series.

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(image from Goodreads)

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