I Wanna Iguana

I Wanna Iguana


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399237171
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/09/2004
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 40,293
Product dimensions: 10.78(w) x 8.74(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Karen Kaufman Orloff is the author of many books for children including I Wanna IguanaI Wanna New Room, and I Wanna Go Home, all inspired by her son's pet iguana who quickly grew to be over four feet long and take over his room. She also writes a humorous column on family life every other week for The Poughkeepsie Journal.

David Catrow is the illustrator of many picture books including Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon and its sequel Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon, written by Patty Lovell; I Wanna Iguana and its two companion books I Wanna New Room and I Wanna Go Home, written by Karen Kaufman Orloff; Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel; The Middle Child Blues by Kristyn Crow; and We the Kids: the Preamble to the Constitution. He lives in Ohio with his wife, Deborah.

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I Wanna Iguana 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey Kids! Have you ever begged your mom or dad for a pet or something else?  If so, you should check out I Wanna Iguana or I Wanna New Room, both by Karen Kaufman. It will give you great ideas of how to convince your parents. Also, it has awesome illustrations. The pictures were SO funny and the text was SUPER SILLY!  It made us laugh out loud! We had to pause the book until the laughing stopped!! Finally, you won't believe how the book ends.  Overall, we highly recommend I Wanna Iguana and I Wanna New Room. The outside is just as good as the inside. We can't wait to check out Karen Kaufman's next book! ~ Students of Room 8, Woodland School
Leann_Thompson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"I Wanna Iguana" is a very humorous story! Through a series of notes Alex is trying to convince his mom to let him have his friend's iguana, as his friend is moving away. His reasoning, forms of persuasion and the way he signs his notes are very cute.An enjoyable story for anyone of any age to read!
kerrik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little boy named Alex has a friend who is moving. His friend needs to give his iguana away. Alex writes letters to his mom trying to convince her that he can take care of it if she lets him have it. The mom replies everytime, telling him of hher concerns. In the end, the mom surprises Alex with the iguana.This story was adorable. The illustrations of the silly notes were great. Alex's facial expressions were so exaggerated. I was looking forward to each page. My class could write letters to put in a box about what class pet they would like to have. The majority, if reasonable, would win. I could also use this book in my pet unit with lessons on responsibility.
ermilligan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alex's friend is moving away and is giving away his Iguana and Alex really wants it. Alex's mom said no, so throughout the book they write letters back in forth while he tries to persuade her that he is responsible enough to take care of it. The illustrations are bright and neat.
grandmaof5BC More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book for 4 to 8 year olds trying to get what they wantk and mom handled it very well returning the ball to the child. Not very good for younger children, over their heads.
reb55 More than 1 year ago
I used this book during my persuasive letter writing unit in my first grade classroom. The story is humorous and engaging. The letters written between the child and mom are good examples of friendly letters and the persuasive genre. Great book. My students loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great story of a boy who writes letters to persuade his mother to allow him to have an iguana for a pet. The illustrations are beautiful. In the classroom, I use this book to teach persuasive writing (a difficult concept for primary students). I also use this book as a read aloud for teaching letter writing. I love this book so much, I also bought "I Wanna New Room". I have shared this book with many other teachers who have gone out to buy their book. LOVE the concept; LOVE the illustrations --and my students do, too :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sent this to my grandson. He is in kindergarten and 6 years old. He was able to read this entire book over the phone to me. I enjoyed that so much. Got the review out of the Plain Dealer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book works well as a mentor text for teaching persuasive writing with my 4th grade students.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so good at portraying what a child is willing to do to get something he or she wants. I love how clever the little boy is and the communication he has back and forth with his mother. The illustration goes so well with the author's idea and it could not get any better. Love it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We first found this book at the library. After reading over and over again. We had to buy it. What a fun story. It makes me laugh as much as my son when we read it together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our family LOVES I Wanna Iguana. Karen Kaufman Orloff's inventive story shows a wonderful, loving and humor-filled parent-child relationship in such a fun way. Our son wants to read it over and over again.