The Best of Iggy (Iggy #1)

by Annie Barrows (Author) Sam Ricks (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Iggy

From the New York Times bestselling author of Ivy + Bean comes a hilarious new series featuring a high-energy, lovable troublemaker.

Meet 9-year-old Iggy Frangi. He's not a bad kid, he's really not. Okay, so he's done a few (a few is anything up to 100) bad things. And okay, he's not very sorry about most of them. People make a big deal about nothing. What's a little pancake here and there? Is that something to get mad about? Iggy doesn't think so. No one got hurt, so there's no problem. No one got hurt except for that one time, that one time when the Best Idea Ever turned into the Worst Idea of All Time.

Iggy is sorry he did it. He is really, really, really sorry.

"For what?" you might ask. "What did he do?"

Well, you'll have to read the book to find out.

Things Iggy will NOT do in this book:

  • Be the most polite kid ever.
  • Play the cello.
  • Think before acting.
  • Learn a lesson.
  • Regret his actions. (Most of them, anyway.)

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Publishers Weekly

"All of us do things we wish we hadn't done" begins this lively illustrated series opener about Iggy Frangi, a mischievous, good-hearted nine-year-old who frequently lands himself in trouble and only sometimes regrets it. The omniscient narrator describes Iggy's world with a dry tone ("He has to stay in his room until dinnertime. It's two thirty in the afternoon"), detailing the events--described as "extenuating circumstances"--that have contributed to Iggy's ill-advised actions. Short chapters tell the story of three occurrences: Iggy inadvertently goading Jeremy Greerson into jumping off the roof onto a trampoline, raiding the family medicine cabinet for an overzealous prank, and racing classroom desks toward an unsuspecting fourth-grade teacher. Of the three, the last inspires regret and thoughtful introspection. With Iggy, Barrows (the Ivy and Bean series) has created a realistic kid--passionate, funny, and sometimes misguided--whom readers will surely root for as he gains awareness of the relationship between choices and consequences. Black-and-white illustrations by Ricks highlight Iggy's antic nature. Ages 8-12. Author's agent: Liza Dawson, Liza Dawson Assoc. Illustrator's agent: Minju Chang, BookStop Literary. (Jan.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

School Library Journal

Gr 3-7—Iggy isn't a bad kid—he just lives by the motto "It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time." He blames his friends, his parents, his teacher, but will he ever take responsibility for his actions? Scene transitions feel choppy, but the plot is amusing and Iggy is relatable—though mischievous, he's a good kid deep down. While character development is thin, the cast is engaging and grows on the reader. Funny, detailed illustrations complement the text well, though the font may be difficult to read for some. VERDICT Fans of Barrows's "Ivy + Bean" series and books about kids who often find themselves landing in trouble will appreciate this laugh-out-loud tale. For libraries where humorous realistic fiction is popular.—Kira Moody, Salt Lake County Library Services

Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

An Indie Next Pick, Winter 2020
A Junior Library Guild Selection
An Apple.com Most Anticipated Book of Winter 2020

★ "The first of a series, this slender chapter book is inviting to pick up, hard to put down, and near-impossible to read without laughing out loud." -Booklist, starred review

"Barrows's omniscient narrative voice is brilliant. . . Fellow fourth graders will love Iggy for his honesty and humor. But everyone will probably love him most for his motto: 'It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time.'" —The New York Times Book Review

"Fabulously funny and perceptive . . . Let's just say that children with impish tendencies will finish this book feeling seen and understood. And the next time they get into trouble, you can expect to hear all about the extenuating circumstances." -The Wall Street Journal

"[A] lively illustrated series opener about Iggy Frangi, a mischievous, good-hearted nine-year-old who frequently lands himself in trouble and only sometimes regrets it. . . With Iggy, Barrows (the Ivy and Bean series) has created a realistic kid—passionate, funny, and sometimes misguided—whom readers will surely root for as he gains awareness of the relationship between choices and consequences." -Publishers Weekly

"The portrait of a boy as a young rascal. . . Funny, silly, and fairly empathetic—and perhaps even consoling to young, impulsive people who hope to be better (someday)." -Kirkus Reviews

"Young readers, especially those with a passion for mischief, will hope there are more chapters of Iggy's exploits to come." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Fans of Barrows's 'Ivy + Bean' series and books about kids who often find themselves landing in trouble will appreciate this laugh-out-loud tale." -School Library Journal

"Humorous and action filled . . . [students] will be reminded that reading can be fun." -School Library Connection

"This book is deeply ethical and totally hilarious. It's wise, generous, and delightfully unsanctimonious. Seriously: The Best of Iggy is one of the finest and funniest middle-grade books I've read in years." -Mac Barnett, author of the bestselling Kid Spy series

"Warning: Do not let 'extenuating circumstances' keep you from getting to know the inimitable Iggy. You'll be laughing so hard—pancake everywhere—that you won't even realize the young troublemaker just stole your heart." -Megan McDonald, author of the Judy Moody and STINK series

"Only Annie Barrows could have penned this outrageously clever, laugh-out-loud book, a magical feat that somehow combines hilarious hijinks with a thoughtful look at why we make mistakes — and how we make amends. I haven't adored a well-intentioned troublemaker this much since Henry Huggins and Junie B. Guaranteed fun, this is the perfect family read." -Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal Winner for The One and Only Ivan"

"You'd have to have a heart of stone not to love Iggy. It's not his fault he's always in trouble. Well, it's mostly his fault, but there are Very Compelling Extenuating Circumstances. Wise, sensible, smart children everywhere will hurl themselves (safely) at this hilarious new series from Annie Barrows." -Sophie Blackall, Caldecott Medal Winner and illustrator of the Ivy + Bean series

"If you've ever done anything you regretted, or never regretted anything you've done, IGGY is for you." -Jon Scieszka, inaugural National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
Annie Barrows
Annie Barrows is the bestselling author of books for both children and adults, including the Iggy series, the YA novel Nothing and the bestselling novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society which was made into a Netflix movie. She lives in Northern California.

Sophie Blackall has illustrated many books, including If You Come to Earth and Ruby's Wish, and has twice won the Caldecott Medal. Originally from Australia, Sophie now spends half her time in Brooklyn, New York, and half her time trying to see as much of our world as she can. Learn more about her at www.sophieblackall.com.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781984813305
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication date
January 20, 2020
Series
Iggy
Texas Bluebonnet Awards Master List
2021 - 2022
Junior Library Guild Selection
Indie Next Pick

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