Today The Children’s and Teen’s Book Connection has a special visitor–Iggy the Iguana from the Iggy the Iguana series of books by Melissa Williams.
We reviewed the first book in this series yesterday. You can check out that review here. We figured we would sit down with Iggy and get his point of view on a couple of things.
Hi Iggy, it’s great to have you with us today. It sure seems like you have a lot going on, so we’re happy to get a chance to sit down and talk with you.
I’m happy to be here! I love interviews!
Looks like you’re starting off the year in a new school. What’s that been like? Have you made some new friends?
I have started a new school, and I have to say the experience has been a pleasant surprise. I was so nervous to change schools because I moved from a private “All-Lizard” school to a public “All-Animal” school. It’s a complete eye opening experience to be around the different animals … but it didn’t take long to make friends at all!
What about your new teacher? Is she nice or is she a meanie?
Mrs. Buff? She is really nice and caring. If you talk too much in class, she will still make you sit out at recess, but she never yells or gets angry. It takes her a while to get around the classroom. My friend Snap thinks she has arthritis in her feet. I just think that is the way older terrier dogs walk.
Kit Kat is in his own world that’s for sure! He can be a trouble maker at times, but he has always been cool to hang out with. Wait, actually, I had to go to the principal’s office because of Kit Kat once. Sometimes you have to be careful when it comes to who you hang out with.
Is it fun being best friends with a turtle? I mean, it doesn’t sound like you and Snap would have a lot in common.
Snap is the coolest friend in the world. He is like a brother to me now! We both love baseball and the beach, but you’re right we have a lot of differences too. Our differences have actually made us become better friends. We teach each other a lot about life and our backgrounds. Snap’s an only child and his mom died a few years ago. I have a little sister and both of my parents are still married. Being around Snap has shown me that even if you go through difficult times, you can become a stronger animal because of it.
How about that younger sister of yours? She has some interesting outfits.
Ha! Molly … so you noticed. Yes, she basically won’t wear anything but pink and every outfit has to be some sort of a costume. Tutus, fairy wings, princess crowns, and cheerleading skirts are the usual. Oh, and Molly’s biggest nightmare is a pair of pants.
From browsing through the pages of the book it sure seems like faith plays an important part in your life. Is that true? Does anybody tease you about it?
It is a big part of my life. My parents have always taught me to believe in something greater than myself. My mom has always told me that God always has a plan and that is something I believe from the bottom of my heart. I haven’t gotten teased for my faith, but if I ever do, it won’t matter. I would actually be really disappointed in the animal that ever dared to make fun.
Can we talk about Liz for a minute? She sure seems nice. Do you like her?
Ummm … Well, yeah, you could say that. It took awhile, but she finally accepted my Valentine! Liz is another best friend to me … and I kinda had a secret crush on her all year. She was the first animal I met at Memorial Elementary. She was so nice to me and showed me to my classroom on our first day of 4th grade.
Hey Iggy, it seems like our time is up, man. It sure goes by quick when you’ve got a great friend to chat with. Where can our readers find you if they want to catch up with you again?
Take care, Iggy. I hope you come back and visit us again real soon.
Thanks! I had so much fun too!
Iggy the Iguana is the first book in the Iggy Chapter Book Series for ages 7 to 11. The story focuses on the major themes of acceptance, friendship, and diversity while Iggy starts a brand new school. The transition from a private “all-lizard” school to a public “all-animal” school is eye opening, as Iggy soon accepts that just because other animals are different doesn’t mean they can’t be your friends. By the end of Iggy’s 4th grade year, he realizes that changing schools was the best move he could have ever made!
Summer League (Sequel)
Summer League is the second book in the Iggy the Iguana Chapter Book Series for ages 7 to 11. After an exciting school year, Iggy and his friends kick off their summer vacation with some fun in the sun and … baseball! While playing on his All-Star little league team, Iggy faces a very difficult situation that could change his future in sports forever. Iggy learns many valuable lessons during the summer, most importantly, it is not wise to keep secrets from adults and we can’t judge others on the outside.
Melissa M. Williams is an advocate for literacy and creativity in children. Her children’s chapter books were inspired by real life experiences with childhood pets she owned while growing up in Houston, Texas. While finishing her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling, Melissa started substitute teaching for elementary schools in order to understand the daily life of her young audience. The students helped her create relatable and realistic stories while including lessons, values and acceptance within the story-line. In addition to writing, Melissa spends most of the school year speaking to students about her own journey as an author and the process of creative writing, while encouraging each student to think outside the box, follow their inner passion, and write their own stories.
Win the Iggy the Iguana Give Away!
Including the Newly Released Items in Iggy Collection, Snap Shell the Turtle (Plush Doll), Iggy Collector’s Baseball Cards, and The Read3Zero T-Shirt … supporting the fight against illiteracy 30 minutes at a time. Be our most active visitor during the tour for a chance to win this Iggy Collection — the tour schedule is posted at http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2010/01/iggy-iguana-and-melissa-m-williams-tour.html to make it easy for you to visit and comment. To learn more about Iggy and Melissa Williams – visit www.iggytheiguana.com.