I'd Rather Have an Iguana

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When a new baby joins the family, it's hard for his big sister to be excited. She's grossed out by smelly diapers. She misses riding bikes and hunting for frogs in the swamp with Mom. And, no matter how hard he tries, Dad just can't seem to get her braids right. Somehow, a pet iguana seems much more appealing than a baby brother! At least that's how it seems at first. . .

The first-person narrative perfectly captures the voice of this irascible, yet loveable, heroine, while the comedic artwork further explores the nuances of a familiar family predicament.

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Heidi Stetson Mario began her career as a cartoonist and illustrator, working in advertising, editorial, and greeting cards. She wrote and drew an internationally syndicated cartoon called Ophelia & Jake. Heidi lives in Guilford, Vermont.

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PreSchool-K-When Mom and Dad bring home a new baby, big sister is not amused. Amid the commotion and disrupted routines, the unnamed little girl sulks, and in response to the adult assumption that she's glad to have a new brother, wishes she'd been given an iguana instead. The protagonist's mother is too busy to do things with her and her father, no matter how hard he tries, just can't braid her hair or make her lunch the way she likes it. Life is just too different. But finally, after many tribulations and much buildup, the baby smiles at her, and predictably, all is resolved happily. The lively, colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations are full of comic energy. They show a little girl who is pouty, angry, mischievous, and mugging for attention; her parents, who are simultaneously harassed, exhausted, and delighted; assorted visitors of different ages, depicted with a caricatural edge; and best friend Jason Rivera, who is perfectly happy with a tree fort and a dog and "NO BABY." Although the sister's attitude change may seem too sudden to be quite real, and some references will fly over the heads of young listeners ("Dad says he looks like Winston Churchill"), preschoolers with new siblings will enjoy this reflection of their own mixed feelings.
Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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