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Iggy Is Better Than Ever: Iggy, Book 2

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Reckless boy doesn't learn lesson in funny, disastrous tale.

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This funny story about a fourth-grader who has an easy time thinking up fun things to do but a harder time considering what might happen if he does them is playful and relatable. Part of the fun in Iggy Is Better Than Ever is the unseen narrator's mocking of kids' books where the main character learns a lesson that makes him a better person. "Iggy ... stays pretty much the same all the way through," the narrator says on Page 3. "He learns a few things, but they aren't things that make him better. They are things about gardening supplies." The narrator does want to make sure readers get the lessons, though, so they appear in big type. The narrator suggests "you can show them to your grown-up and say, 'Look! Reading this book is making me a better person!'" One such note instructs:

"You mustn't throw a ball, because you might hit someone!

"And that would be dangerous.

"You should never do anything dangerous.

"Safety first!

"Safety is the most important thing in the word!

"So don't throw balls. Don't run. Don't talk with your mouth full.

Promise me you'll never , ever do any of theses things!

"Never, never, never!

"Great! You are so safe now!"

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