Iggy Is the Hero of Everything: Iggy, Book 3
By Regan McMahon,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Iggy digs himself into a hole lot of trouble.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Some advanced vocabulary, incuding "chasm," "lorises," "funguses," "primate," "strongbox."
Different people can have different interpretations of the same incident. "Facts stay the same, while words and ideas and events are open to interpretation."
Positive Role Models
Iggy makes misguided attempts to protect his family, but his heart is in the right place. His parents evaluate the incident with the nieighbors rationally and try to come up with appropriate concequences for Iggy, whicle still being loving andn supportive and not losing tehir sense of humor. Iggy's family, their neighbors, and two of the robbers appear to be White. A third robber has his face covered by a ski mask and hands covered in gloves. Iggy's best friends Diego and Arch are Latino and African American. One of the two cops who come to Iggy's house is dark-skinned, teh other is a White woman.
Violence & Scariness
A boy accidentally gets his finger cut by a shovel, with blood memntioned but none shown. An adult falls on his tailbone. Both have to go to the emergency room. The illustration of the adult lying face down in the ER shows his naked bottom exposed.
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No swearing voiced, but some in dialogue is indicated in brackets like this: "'You [bad word]!' he said. '[Bad word]! You're gonna get in big trouble.'" Iggy calls his 7-year-old neighbor boy Rudy a "pig" and a "jerk."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Iggy Is the Hero of Everything is the third book in the series about fourth-grader Iggy Frangi, by Annie Barrows (Ivy + Bean). Here, Iggy thinks he's doing a good thing to protect his familiy from robbers by digging a big hole in his yard for them to fall into. But, as usual in Iggy stories, thing don't go exactly as planned. There are injuies to a kid and an adult, and some consequences for Iggy, who remains puzzled that he's not considered a hero for trying to keep his home and family safe. Lots of humor, especially in Iggy's thoughts and the unseen narrator's deadpan commentary.
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What's the Story?
In IGGY IS THE HERO OF EVERYTHING, Iggy's neighbors the Heckies get robbed -- with the robbers stealing computers, jewelry, and 7-year-old Rudy's Halloween candy. So Iggy decides to do what he can to protect his family from the robbers, should they come back to rob his house. His plan is simple: to dig a deep hole for the robbers to fall into, and camouflaging the hole with some path rocks so they won't see it. When he's digging, Rudy comes over and wants to help, grabbing the shovel and ending up getting his finger sliced. Rudy's dad later falls into the hole and gets hurt. How can Iggy make amends?
Is It Any Good?
This funny story of a boy who messes up while trying to do what he thinks is helpful is full of kid-centered reasoning about stepping up to save your home and family. A big theme is that events are open to interpretation. Like Rudy sees his injury as something serious, and Iggy thinks he should look on the bright side, because his finger wasn't chopped off. His parents think he should have thought more carefully about putting people at risk with his big hole, while he thinks they should hail him as a hero for protecting the house. Lots to chew on here (besides Iggy's Halloween candy), and lots of laughs along the way.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the mistakes Iggy makes in Iggy Is the Hero of Everything. How could he have done a better job thinking about what could go wrong with his plan?
What do you think about the consequences Iggy's parents come up with to punish Iggy after his plan causes trouble for others? Are they fair and appropriate? What do you think he learned?
What do you think of the funny narrator? How does the narrator help you understand why Iggy thinks of himself as a hero? What do think about events being a matter of interpretation?
- Author: Annie Barrows
- Illustrator: Sam Ricks
- Genre: Humor
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: May 4, 2021
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
- Number of pages: 111
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: May 11, 2021
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