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PreSchool-Grade 3–This funny story is told through an amusing exchange of notes, as Alex tries to convince his seemingly unshakable mother that he should be allowed to adopt a friend's baby iguana ("If I don't take it, he goes to Stinky and Stinky's dog, Lurch, will eat it. You don't want that to happen, do you?"). The boy pulls out all the stops in his arguments: iguanas are quiet (so are tarantulas, Mom counters); the reptile could be kept on the dresser (they grow to over six feet, Mom replies); the iguana could be the brother he's always wanted (you already have a brother, Mom reminds him). Featuring his signature cartoon characters, Catrow's illustrations provide a hilarious extension of the text. Alex, with his unruly red cowlicks and kewpie-doll shape, is totally disarming, as is the iguana, which makes imaginative appearances strumming a guitar on a bike, sporting tiny swim trunks, and reading in bed. The tale is perfect for reader's-theater presentations and could also be used effectively as a writing prompt for older children. It will make even the most serious youngsters giggle.–Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (September 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399237178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399237171
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Kaufman Orloff has written nine books for children: "I Wanna Iguana," (G.P. Putnam, 2004), "If Mom Had Three Arms," (Sterling, 2006), "I Wanna New Room," (G.P. Putnam, Dec., 2010), "Talk Oscar, Please!" (Sterling, March 2011), and three "Nightlight Detective" books from Peter Pauper Press (June, 2013). A third "I Wanna..." book, titled "I Wanna Go Home" was published September, 2014. A ninth picture book, "Miles of Smiles" will be out next spring from Sterling. She also writes a humorous column on family life every other week for "The Poughkeepsie Journal." Visit her websites: www.karenkaufmanorloff.com and www.iwannabooks.com or contact her at orloff@bestweb.net.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Karen Orloff and David Catrow have teamed up in this one to give us a very funny story of a little boy, Alex, who wants very, very much to have his own pet Iguana. The problem is...obviously, Mom! The entire book is consists of notes, or mini-letters, written between Alex and his mom. The little boy of course is pointing out the obvious advantages of having his own lizard in his room (in his eyes), and his mom counters each note with her own note pointing out the obvious disadvantages of having a reptile in the home..a reptile that can possibly grow to several feet long!. The unique exchange of letters is absolutely hilarious.

Each letter, both from Alex and from mom, is highlighted with some wonderful illustrations and pictures by David Catrow. They fit the text perfectly which makes this book quite easy to read to an individual child or to a group. Each letter allows the reader to open up discussion as to the arguments presented by both mom and Alex. It is fun to have the kids think of other reasons for both sides of the argument.

All in all, this is a fine little book and I do recommend you add it to your library. You certainly cannot go wrong with this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LonestarReader on April 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Teachers can look to this story as a great example of persuasive writing. Young Alex is trying to pursuade his mother to let him adopt an iguana. In a series of hilarious notes between Alex and his mother, the terms and conditions of pet ownership are hammered out. There is a "money" page (the point where the whole class bursts out in raucous laughter.) David Catrow illustrations are wonderfully comic. One young listener observed, "That kid is really weird looking." The last page evoked a class wide, arm pumping "Yesssss..." along with Alex. Great fun!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Wetterholt on February 17, 2005
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This is a marvellously ingenious book! Alex is just the right kind of precocious vocabulary-heavy kid to pull off the story, and his mom is a perfect foil for his scheme. My daughter loves this book, so naturally we read it a lot!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Debbie on September 21, 2004
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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. We read it over and over again, which makes us very happy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Conley on August 11, 2005
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I was at the book store shopping for a friend and instead ended up buying this book for myself. It is great. The engaging letters between the boy (alex) and his mother are so believable. Alex's pleading is all too true, and his quick-witted mothers responses are wonderful. I've read this book to my two nieces and several children at the library (where I work) and they've all loved it. And Catrow's illustrations are the perfect fit for Orloff's hilarious text.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy on September 14, 2004
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I Wanna Iguana, by Karen Kaufman Orloff, is a charmer. As you peek at the notes the mother and son exchange, you feel like you become a member of this fond and humorous family. The illustrations by David Catrow are wonderful and fully capture the warmth and charm of the text. I loved it and can't wait to share it with children I know.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SAM on February 25, 2006
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I read this book aloud to my third graders. They loved it, and I would recommend this book. The text is a great model for mini lessons on persuasive writing, voice, and/or point of view. My students wrote wonderful persuasive letters to their parents following the use of this book. This book would work well in first and second grade too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Lynn on March 28, 2008
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Are you trying to teach persuasive text? Then this is the book for you! I have used this to teach persuasive text to 6th graders as well as 10th and 11th graders. The illustrations are priceless and the book is very entertaining. It does an excellent job of showing argument/counterargument. I highly recommend this book!!!
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