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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Ivy + Bean comes a hilarious new middle grade series featuring a high-energy, lovable troublemaker. Meet Iggy Frangi. He's not a bad kid, he's really not. Okay, so he's done a few (a few is anything up to 100) bad things. And okay, he's not very sorry about most of them. People make a big deal about nothing. What's a little pancake here and there? I…

The Best of Iggy

by Annie Barrows

Overall Book Review:

The Best of Iggy is a delightfully funny, and witty book. The narrative centers around only a few days in the life of Iggy, an elementary student. Much of the action of the book is taken up by things that Iggy does wrong, and the situations are hilariously outlandish, and yet so entirely possible that they are believable.

This book is a quick, entertaining ready for early middle-grade students, and it was lighthearted fun even for an adult reader. Iggy is a lovable character, and children will likely find much to identify with in his life and demeanor. He is clearly one of the “bad kids” in his class, one of the troublemakers, but the reader sees things from his point of view and sees how desperately he is trying to be good. It just doesn’t work out for him. Young readers who face constant pressure to perform, behave better, and be near perfection can find encouragement in the character of Iggy as they, too, strive to be “the good boy”.

This book is the right length to keep children entertained, and the language is simple and the plot fast-paced. It is a good choice for elementary readers who are looking for a book full of laughs, and along the way they may just find some lessons about being kind to others and accepting yourself as you are. 

Review of an Advance Reading Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by G. P. Putnam’s Sons


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  One verbal threat; one character kicks another; two characters collide with minor injury.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

None

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

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About the Reviewer

My taste in literature leans heavily towards sci-fi, fantasy, and (my favorite) horror, and the latter can present some fairly murky waters for parents to let their children explore. I enjoy novels of both the standard and graphic varieties. Since those genres, and graphic novels in particular, tend to appeal to boys, I hope that I can help other Boy Mommies in their quest to find books that their little video gamers--I mean, future bibliophiles will read and enjoy. When I am not reading, I enjoy tabletop role-playing games, video games, and singing karaoke. I have a wonderful husband who lets me indulge my reading habit by sharing the housework and being a great dad to our genius kids and their faithful hound.