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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439800153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439800150
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Karen Kaufman Orloff has written eight 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! 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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Fun book for pleasure reading, too!
Marshall Campbell
I've read this book to my two nieces and several children at the library (where I work) and they've all loved it.
S. Conley
This book is great for teaching persuasive writing.
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10 of 10 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LonestarReader VINE VOICE 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Wetterholt on February 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Debbie on September 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Conley on August 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy on September 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Michels on February 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 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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