Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon

Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon

by Nina Laden, Chronicle Books

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ISBN-13: 9780811824637
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 07/01/1999
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.62(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Nina Laden grew up in the New York City area. The daughter of two artists, she studied illustration at Syracuse University. She is the author and illustrator of The Night I Followed the Dog, also published by Chronicle Books.

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Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
karenamorg on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Nina Laden¿s Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon is a very amusing take off of 1940s private eye film noir detective stories. She is an author/illustrator who delightfully infuses her stories with visual and literary puns, and her books work on several levels. It is a story about private eye I. Guana and a case brought to him by Liz, a lizard who is trying to find her missing chameleon partner, Leon. I. Guana asks her ¿By the way, what color was he when you last saw him?¿ Along the way to solving the case, there is a bullfrog chief of police ¿who had a habit of jumping to conclusions,¿ and a fun place known as The Lizard Lounge where the detective comes across a singing sensation, Camille and the Gila Girls. This book could be used with high school students to illustrate visual puns, literary puns, humor, parodies, and homages to different film genres. The fact that Camille turns out to be Leon lends a transgender dimension to the story that probably was not intended when it was published in 1995, but provides another amusing way the book can be used with high school students. I. Guana came before two of my favorite children¿s books, When Pigasso Met Mootisse and Roberto the Insect Architect. Reading it recently after spending years teaching with her other books renewed my appreciation for this author/illustrator. Target audience is K through adult.