I Wanna Iguana
by Karen Kaufman Orloff

by Karen Kaufman Orloff
illustrated by David Catrow

Alex desperately wants an iguana, but he can't seem to convince his mother. Told through an exchange of letters between the two, this hilarious book is complemented by comical and imaginative illustrations that perfectly capture the extreme position of their negotiations.

And, if you like this book, be sure to check out the companion book I Wanna New Room, written/illustrated by the same team and also written in the form of letters.

School Library Journal ended their review of this book by saying, "The tale is perfect for reader's-theater presentations and could also be used effectively as a writing prompt... It will make even the most serious youngsters giggle."

There are two additional books in the series -- I Wanna Go Home and I Wanna New Room! They are both equally great!

Reading Levels

Interest Level: Pres-Gr. 3           DRA Level: 16                   Lexile Measure: 460L
Grade Equivalent: 2.3               Guided Reading: J

See Inside This Book

Below are sample spreads from inside this book. Most spreads have a letter paired with a funny illustration. (Remember---mom is against getting an iguana, while Alex is the one who wants one.)  To see larger versions of these spreads, simply click on the images.

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