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Iggy Peck, Architect

Last updated Monday, November 2, 2015

Author: Andrea Beaty
Illustrator: David Roberts
Date of Publication: 2007
ISBN: 081091106X
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Nov. 2015

Synopsis: 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!

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What is an architect? (a person who designs buildings)
•  What is the kid on the cover doing?
•  What do you think the lady on the cover is thinking?


•  Sphinx - a mythical figure of ancient Egypt having the body of a lion and the head of a man, a ram, or a hawk
•  lecture - to give a talk or speech that teaches something to students
•  circus troupe - A circus is a company of performers that may include clowns, acrobats, trained animals, trapeze acts, musicians, hoopers, tightrope walkers, jugglers, unicyclists and other object manipulation and stunt-oriented artists. A troupe is a company or group of actors, dancers, or other performers who travel & perform shows.
•  collapsed - (of a structure) fall down or in; give way:

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Were Iggy's parents supportive of his interest in building things?
•  What did Iggy's 2nd grade teacher think about buildings? Why did she think this way?
•  Why was 2nd grade a bore to Iggy?
•  What did the 2nd graders to help Miss Lila?
•  How did things change in Miss Greer's class after she crossed the bridge the school kids had built?
•  What are some of the materials Iggy used in his creations?
•  Are there any interesting buildings in L.A.? Where?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw buildings or a bridge on graph paper or lined notebook paper.
•  Using a variety of different colored geometric shapes, design your own building or cityscape.
•  Check out our Pinterest for craft suggestions! https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/november-2015-crafts/

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!