Submitted by Ms. Carol!
I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orlof is a story about a child named Alex who desperately wants to take Mikey Gulligan’s baby iguana when he moves. Of course, if he doesn’t take it, Stinky will, and Stinky’s dog, Lurch, will surely eat it. Alex tries to convince his mom to please let him take the iguana. He explains to his mother about how iguanas are really cute and quiet. Mom responds each time with her opinion. She says tarantulas are quiet too but she wouldn’t want one for a pet. Alex promises to take good care of it, and he says he is really small. Mom responds with a fact that iguanas can grow to over six feet long. Of course, Alex says that would take a long time, and he would be married and on his own by then. Mom says how would you get a girl to marry you when you own a six foot long reptile? Mom also reminds Alex of what happened when he took care of the class fish and how the fish ended up in the spaghetti sauce. This book is very amusing and Alex is determined to convince his mom to let him take Mikey’s iguana. In the end Mom finally breaks down and lets Alex take the iguana on a trial basis, which Alex doesn’t quite understand but he is very, very happy. See this book listed in our catalog