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Monday, February 22, 2010

Iggy the Iguana Is Back!

Iggy the Iguana Chapter Book Series
Title – Summer League
Author – Melissa M Williams
Publisher – Long Tale Publishing
Genre – Children’s Chapter Book
ISBN: 978-0-9818054-2-9
Paperback $9.99
ISBN: 978-0-9818054-3-6
Hardback $15.99
190 pages

Reviewed by Author Geri Ahearn

Summer League is the second book in the Iggy the Iguana Chapter Book Series for boys and girls ages 7 to 11. The characters you love in Iggy the Iguana are all back, gearing up to play ball, even Iggy’s silly little sister! After an exciting school year, Iggy and his friends kick off their summer vacation with some fun in the sun and ... baseball! The summer proves to be full of lessons, eye-openers, and ultimate excitement. Who would have thought you really do grow up over the summer time!

The hero in this delightful children's story is Iggy, who is a loveable nine year old, and the new kid on the block. It's hard enough that Iggy has to deal with his smart, sassy younger sister, but there are other issues that he must also challenge. As Iggy prepares to enter a public school for the first time in his life, not knowing anyone, he realizes that he needs to make lots of friends. Along with trying to prove himself
worthy, he is forced to deal with bullies, and his first childhood crush. Snap Shell, Kit Kat, and Molly all have unique personalities, and are extremely funny. Dragon D tries to act very cool, but does this type of personality fade away, after everyone really gets to know you? Does Iggy have a tough time trying to fit in, and who makes him feel comfortable?

How does Iggy feel about Lizbeth? Does Iggy survive the trials and tribulations of his age group on his journey through elementary school? I highly recommend this wonderful children's book that will touch the hearts of readers of all ages. Children will be able to relate to the story, and learn from those lessons through a fun, easy, and humorous read. Melissa M. Williams presents everyday issues, along with simple solutions in an interesting story, with adorable characters. This book will encourage children to be considerate and caring, with a positive attitude. The author includes the true value of family and friendship, which is an essential stepping-stone from childhood to adult.

There are serious moments, funny moments, and touching moments. This fun and easy read is recommended for any child who is preparing to enter elementary school, and for children in this age group who are changing schools, after moving to a new location. How does Iggy adapt from an All Lizard School to a public All Animal School? The characters come to life as Iggy and his friends experience their first school year together, issues get resolved, and emotions become heartfelt in this educational, children's adventure. "IGGY THE IGUANA" is as thrilling as Walt Disney's LADY AND THE TRAMP, and as funny as CHICKEN LITTLE.

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Melissa M. Williams said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful review, Carolyn! Thanks for all the Tweets everyone!!!!

Barbara Techel said...

I adore all that Melissa is doing with her books and her positive messages for children!

Barbara Techel
Author of Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog book series