This week saw the publication of Iggy Peck and the mysterious mansion, an early chapter book, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts.
To celebrate the publication publishers, Abrams have hosted a blog tour and they invited me along. Hooray. Andrea Beaty and David Roberts create fabulous books and you may be familiar with their first series of picture books. Such as Ada Twist Scientist . The characters in their picture books then expanded to chapter books in 2018 and in 2019 Ada Twist also starred in her first chapter book, Ada Twist and the Perilous Pantaloons.
Now it’s Iggy Peck’s turn, an enthusiastic, energetic young boy who has a passion for architecture.
Iggy and his precious cat, Bricks, are a loveable team. Whilst in a forest, Iggy designing a tree house no less, has papers are thrown around due to a gust of wind. On trying to retrieve them and the weather becoming increasingly worse, Iggy eventually finds himself at Sherbert House, also named the Mysterious Mansion, one that many believe to be haunted
Brave Iggy is relieved when he finds Ada and her great Aunt Bernice also at the mansion and it transpires that Aunt Bernice has bought the Mysterious Mansion.
As the story unfolds and amongst interesting conversations between Iggy and his friends, readers are informed about a great many things connected to the mansion. Iggy’s knowledge of architecture also shines through as he shares information about art nouveau. Andrea Beaty never fails to skilfully weave factual information amongst the Questioneers stories.
What also transpires is that the mansion would be very expensive to maintain and Aunt Bernice is counting on the antique furniture within the mansion to pay for the upkeep of this large building. However, it seems that all the furniture is missing, or is it?
The Questioneers do what they do best and work as a team to help Aunt Bernice. Whilst she contemplates on selling the mansion on, the young team of friends are completing research, even visiting the library and City Hall to understand more about the mansion.
What they find is rather remarkable and Aunt Bernice does get to keep her mansion however, I would be hugely spoiling it if I told you how, so do read the book, you won’t be disappointed.
Once the story has ended, readers are presented with factual information about art nouveau as well as how to make ice cream and information about Ida D. Wells.
Complete with its super illustrations by David Roberts, the book is an enjoyable one. The book is ideal for youngsters who are becoming more independent with their reading and the illustrated pages certainly assist in bringing the story to life.
Iggy Peck fans may also delight in completing Iggy Pecks Big Project Book. Filled with various activities and brilliant illustrations, a fabulous STEM themed workbook and I’ve kindly been given permission to share a wordsearch from the book which you can download and complete.
Do see what other fellow book bloggers thought about the book. Here is more information:
AND keep a look out on my socials as I will be hosting a giveaway for this super duper new release.
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