Iggy Loomis, Superkid in Training

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Overview

A hilarious new illustrated middle grade science fiction series for elementary school readers and fans of Captain Underpants!

Iggy Loomis is the weirdest little brother ever—and he’s a huge pain in his older brother Daniel’s you-know-what. But when Daniel befriends Alistair, his new next-door-neighbor, Iggy gets much, much weirder. Little does Daniel know… Alistair is really an alien. When Iggy thinks he’s eating Alistair’s candy, he’s actually eating chemically-coated ...

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Overview

A hilarious new illustrated middle grade science fiction series for elementary school readers and fans of Captain Underpants!

Iggy Loomis is the weirdest little brother ever—and he’s a huge pain in his older brother Daniel’s you-know-what. But when Daniel befriends Alistair, his new next-door-neighbor, Iggy gets much, much weirder. Little does Daniel know… Alistair is really an alien. When Iggy thinks he’s eating Alistair’s candy, he’s actually eating chemically-coated insects. Yuck! Soon Iggy’s DNA starts to mutate, and Daniel and Alistair have to keep Iggy’s new superpowers from manifesting—before everyone gets in trouble.

“Piles on the yuks…. It doesn't take psychic powers to see how this could be a crowd pleaser.”
Kirkus Reviews
 
“Allison creates a comically put-upon older brother in Daniel in a lighthearted story that captures the chaos of everyday family life, superpowers or not.”
Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly
A frazzled boy named Daniel and his wildly energetic younger brother, Iggy, get mixed up in intergalactic shenanigans in this series opener from Allison (the Gilda Joyce, Private Investigator books). It all starts when Daniel befriends Alistair, the odd new kid next door, who has an extensive insect collection and whose spacecraft models actually fly. After Iggy eats bugs from Alistair’s collection, the tyke wakes up with insect-based superpowers, and Alistair reveals that he and his family are actually aliens studying the best ways to grow broccoli, a vital crop on their planet. A quick trip to Alistair’s spaceship confirms that Iggy’s powers can be subdued with a pacifier “made with the most advanced Blaronite technology,” but they may manifest in moments of stress. And so they do when neighborhood kid Chauncey makes trouble. Allison creates a comically put-upon older brother in Daniel in a lighthearted story that captures the chaos of everyday family life, superpowers or not. Moran’s spot illustrations and comics sequences (not seen in final form) appear throughout. Ages 7–9. Author’s agent: Douglas Stewart, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Daniel, the long-suffering narrator of this funny chapter book, is the big brother of a tot named Iggy. Iggy is a larger-than-life kid who careens about in a cape, plastic fangs, and his favorite Sqidboy underpants. According to the cover flap, author Allison was inspired to write the book by her three kids, and the closely observed shenanigans and sibling dynamics all ring true. Allison is well known for her “Gilda Joyce” mystery series for teens, and this engaging new chapter-book series will appeal to a younger crowd. Dynamic black-and-white sketches by Mike Moran enhance the visual impact as well as young readers’ ability to decode and better visualize details in the text. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum; Ages 8 to 10.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 2–5—Daniel doesn't get along with his younger brother, so he is not happy when he suddenly has to share his room with him. Iggy breaks his toys, cries at night, and tries to eat everything. The latter is exceptionally problematic when Daniel's new friend Alistair, an alien scientist, comes to visit and Iggy downs all of his specimens and becomes covered in the substance Alistair uses to extract DNA from the bugs. In a "Spiderman"-like twist, these insects cause myriad mutations in Iggy. When an attention-seeking, ill-mannered classmate comes over and fiddles with a space-aged monster transmuting watch, it will be up to Iggy and his new talents to save them all. A perfect science fiction book for beginning chapter-book readers, this story takes a familiar superhero riff and gives it its own twist. Readers with big families and small houses will sympathize with the constant compromises and difficulties of sharing a room, and a house, with younger siblings. The plot moves slowly in the beginning, making this a poor choice for reluctant readers despite the high-interest plot. For advanced beginning readers, the length and appropriate content make it a good choice. The black-and-white cartoons serve to break up the pages.—Devin Burritt, Wells Public Library, ME
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
The author of the Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator series piles on the yuks in this slapstick science-fiction opener. Daniel is outraged that he suddenly has to share a bedroom with Iggy, his way-too-cute ("Why dis not working??!!!! Dis make me so angwy!!!!"), not-quite-toilet-trained little brother. Wider disasters threaten, though, after Iggy swallows new neighbor Alistair's bug collection and begins to acquire insect powers and characteristics. It seems that Alistair and his parents are actually aliens from the planet Blaron, visiting Earth to gather new varieties of broccoli (which they call "frackenpoy") because that's all they can eat. Fortunately, Iggy's symptoms can be suppressed with a Human Normalizer, which looks like a pacifier. Unfortunately, the Blaronites have another device that combines Daniel's obnoxious friend Chauncey Morbyd and a cardboard carton into a robot that will eat the entire universe. Despite a bit of sibling reconciliation at the end, the plot, like the cast, is two-dimensional at best. Readers who relish silly names, broccoli jokes, domestic chaos and gross goo of various sorts in their fiction, as well as lots of robots and aliens, though, will definitely have no cause for complaint. Moran's frequent illustrations range from small views of popeyed cartoon faces to diagrams of DNA molecules and, for some incidents or punch lines, sequential panels. Labored, but it doesn't take psychic powers to see how this could be a crowd pleaser. (Science fiction. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803737594
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 9/12/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 959,962
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Allison has worked as a news reporter and a high school English teacher, and she has also held numerous odd jobs—piano player in a shopping mall, assembly-line worker for General Motors, waitress, preschool teacher—that have helped her generate ideas for characters and stories. She lives in Chicago with her husband and their three children.

Mike Moran is an illustrator who has worked for Major League Baseball, Disney, and American Greetings, among other companies. He lives in Florham Park, New Jersey.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    Daniel Loomis has the world¿s worst little brother (Iggy). Iggy

    Daniel Loomis has the world’s worst little brother (Iggy). Iggy always breaks Daniel’s toys and he is VERY annoying and he is always getting into Daniel’s stuff. When Daniel meets a new kid next door named Alistair, Daniel is happy because he thinks he can spend more time over at his new friend’s house and avoid being around Iggy. Well it turns out that Alistair is actually an alien and Iggy eats some bug DNA from Alistair’s backpack. Iggy ends up getting super powers from the DNA and now Iggy’s SUPER strong, SUPER powerful and SUPER annoying! What is Daniel going to do?

    I think this is a pretty funny read. Ms. Allison really gets the relationship between Daniel and Iggy. The brothers are so totally believable (then you get to the fun fantasy alien DNA part ;) ). Daniel is a great character. He is a lot like me, I have a younger sibling (although I have a younger sister not a brother but I don’t think she ever ate bug DNA but who knows?) and I like to build things. The book has a fun story that isn’t real involved, but it makes it perfect for younger kids and reluctant readers. The simple black and white illustrations are all throughout the book and really add to the story. Overall, I think this silly story is especially perfect for boys. I really liked the ending to the story and am looking forward to a sequel!
    *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    My children love this book!  It is relatable to any child having

    My children love this book!  It is relatable to any child having a younger sibling : )  It's also a fast paced book that holds a young readers' attention.  I love the short chapters for children starting to read independently (not too overwhelming!)  I also love that it still embeds some good vocabulary.  Highly recommend!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    I just purchased this book for my grandchildren and they loved i

    I just purchased this book for my grandchildren and they loved it so much that they wouldn't put it down !
    It was a fun read and a laugh-outloud book.  I would highly recommend it to other young readers.

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    A bright cabin with a sjndial in the front and each bed has an ipod and radio. Here are racks of instruments set up around.

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