It’s a twofer! The kids and I are loving these two for a few months now. They are not sequential or part of a series, but the author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts cleverly create a few correlations that are fun to pick out in the stories. So first our man Iggy Peck, Architect...
I mean come on with these drawings, they’re terrific! I love how the dark lines look almost etched, and there are so many details to discover in each illustration. Plus the rhymes are top notch, each page has an easily discovered cadence that has a bit more pizzazz and is a little more advanced than you average children’s book. Brilliant.
Young Ignacious we learn has a gift for designs and building from the earliest and loves to replicate and learn about the great constructions throughout history. His teacher in 2nd grade refuses to allow him to talk about his passion at school. We find she had bad experience in a skyscraper at a tender age and since has no love for architecture. However disaster strikes on a class picnic and its Iggy and a suspension bridge to the rescue and she is convinced that buildings have their merits after all.
Rosie Revere, Engineer moving on to our gal Rosie, an imaginative thinker who loves to build and invent machines and gadgets. The drawings like in Iggy Peck are so vibrant and colorful and detailed, it’s so much fun to discover what’s on every page. The rhyming text reads differently to Iggy and takes a phase or two to get it right but then flys off the page like one of Rosie’s machines.
Rosie is a world class tinkerer and can’t help but to collect odds and ends for use in all sorts of imaginative inventions. She has a bad experience with an uncle whose laughter at an invention hurts Rosie so she hides her creations. But a relative comes to visit who inspires Rosie to overcome her fear and invent a machine to make her great great aunts dream of flying come true. Rosie discovers her aunt was a builder herself and encouraged by the “We can do it!” attitude, they work together. In the end Rosie shares her passion with her classmates and is motivated to follow her own dreams.
The message given by these two stories (I assume the new one we haven’t read yet follows suit, Ada Twist, Scientist) is the best. Be true to yourself, follow your dreams, don’t give up, and you can BE whatever you want. And I know it was refreshing to see a girl showing her creativity in a fresh medium. Just saying.