Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Andrea Beaty
Illustrator: David Roberts
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Iggy Peck has been an architect since age two. He's built a leaning tower of diapers and an arch made of pancakes and coconut pie. But when he gets to the second grade, his teacher bans anything to do with building and architecture. The school days drag by for deflated Iggy until the class goes out on a field trip. They cross over the river to get to a small island but end up stranded when the footbridge collapses. Iggy comes to the rescue as he draws up plans to build a new bridge. Everyone returns safely, and his teacher embraces architecture from then on.
Iggy’s story touches on several important issues. His parents do a phenomenal job of encouraging his talents. His teacher shows us that people can change, even after enduring traumatic incidents. Iggy himself demonstrates that we should always pursue our passions. This book would be a great resource in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education. The illustrations were created using watercolors, pen, and ink on Arches paper. Pencil and graph paper were also used for some pieces. Told in rhyme, Iggy Peck’s story is fun, creative, inspirational, and educational.