The Night Iguana Left Home

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9780789425812: The Night Iguana Left Home

Although her friend Alison Frogley treats her very well, Iguana feels that something is missing in her life, so she boards a Greyhound bus headed south and her adventures begin. By the author of The Bone Keeper.

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Megan McDonald's earlier book for DK Ink is the powerful and very different The Bone Keeper, with paintings by G. Brian Karas. She is the author of many books for children, among them a beginning reader series about Beezy, and the IRA Award-winning Is This a House for Hermit Crab?, illustrated by S.D. Schindler. She lives in Sebastopol, California. Ponder Goembel illustrated "Hi, Pizza Man!" by Virginia Walter, one of School Library Journal's recent 100 "sleepers too good to miss," and Brian Swann's collection of riddle-poems, A Basket Full of White Eggs. Her fanciful art appears regularly in Ladybug magazine. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

From Kirkus Reviews:

It's not that Iguana is angry or anything. After all, she has her own e-mail address and all the anchovy pizza she wants; she loves her human pal, Alison, who treats her as a best friend should. Iguana pines for the sun and surf and as many miles as she can get between herself and Schenectady, New York, where the winters know no mercy. So she grabs a bus to Key West, where she lives the good life until her allowance runs out. Then she has to wash dishes in a restaurant, and on the night the restaurant serves a special iguana, Iguana lights out for a stamp-licking job at the post office, then tucks herself into a parcel addressed to Schenectady. The warm south is in her blood (this comes as no surprise, given Goembel's wry, alluring scenes of the place) and she heads back to Big Pine Key, commuting back to Alison for anchovy pizza when it beckons. McDonald's story is wonderfully alive, with the iguana a bit of a cool cat, and the Keys exotic but available. It is full of love, independence, and natural law, and the slice of biogeography can't hurt. (Picture book. 5-9) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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