I wanna iguana

Karen Kaufman Orloff

Book - 2004

Alex and his mother write notes back and forth in which Alex tries to persuade her to let him have a baby iguana for a pet.

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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons c2004.
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill
Main Author
Karen Kaufman Orloff (-)
Other Authors
David Catrow (illustrator)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 3-This funny story is told through an amusing exchange of notes, as Alex tries to convince his seemingly unshakable mother that he should be allowed to adopt a friend's baby iguana ("If I don't take it, he goes to Stinky and Stinky's dog, Lurch, will eat it. You don't want that to happen, do you?"). The boy pulls out all the stops in his arguments: iguanas are quiet (so are tarantulas, Mom counters); the reptile could be kept on the dresser (they grow to over six feet, Mom replies); the iguana could be the brother he's always wanted (you already have a brother, Mom reminds him). Featuring his signature cartoon characters, Catrow's illustrations provide a hilarious extension of the text. Alex, with his unruly red cowlicks and kewpie-doll shape, is totally disarming, as is the iguana, which makes imaginative appearances strumming a guitar on a bike, sporting tiny swim trunks, and reading in bed. The tale is perfect for reader's-theater presentations and could also be used effectively as a writing prompt for older children. It will make even the most serious youngsters giggle.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Alex and his mother write notes back and forth in which Alex tries to persuade her to let him have a baby iguana for a pet.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When Alex decides he wants a pet iguana, he has a hard time convincing his mother that having a giant reptile around the house is a good idea.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Alex just has to convince his mom to let him have an iguana, so he puts his arguments in writing. He promises that she won't have to feed it or clean its cage or even see it if she doesn't want to. Of course Mom imagines life with a six-foot-long iguana eating them out of house and home. Alex's reassurances: It takes fifteen years for an iguana to get that big. I'll be married by then and probably living in my own house. and his mom's replies: How are you going to get a girl to marry you when you own a giant reptile? will have kids in hysterics as the negotiations go back and forth through notes. And the lively, imaginative illustrations show their polar opposite dreams of life with an iguana.