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The REAL Iggy the Iguana!



For the past couple of days, we have been visiting with Melissa M. Williams. While her book, Iggy the Iguana, is fiction, there was a real iguana in Melissa's life. She shares the story with her readers at the end of the book! To the left is a picture of this precious guy.





I found Iggy the Iguana a wondreous piece of work, reminding me of Charlotte's Web. Like the latter, I can imagine reading this book many times over the years and it promises to be the favorite of many children, both boys and girls. Ms. Williams writes in a fresh style that has you hearing her words as you read, forgetting that the characters are animals and not real-life girls and boys. They face the same fears and triumphs that can be found in any elementary class room.





Not only will reading this book, and the rest in the series, allow kids to feel Melissa Williams understands them, reading it will take adults back to those early years--and just maybe help them understand their young children a little more. Melissa has a gift that enables her to reach out and touch children with her words. She hugs them from a distance through her story and lets them know someone understands and cares. I would enthusiastically endorse this author for Mentor of the Year for anyone who truly wants to connect with young readers in their writing!

Iggy the Iguana includes an entire line of products. These are some of the Iggy the Iguana products that are available.

Iggy the Iguana in Hardback and Paperback and Audio CD
Summer League (Iggy's Sequel) in HB and PB
Iggy the Iguana Stuffed Animal
Snap Shell the Turtle Stuffed Animal
Additional Items: Iggy Baseball Collectors cards, Clothes for Iggy, Bookmarks, T-shirts

For full details on all Iggy the Iguana products - http://iggytheiguana.com/iggy_store.htm

Videos about Iggy -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81wHhsFS_So

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9M4aCKmKzE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8DJ3JWXiTQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFuLKW_vDp4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22GOY8GE3bc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QhmTdPFQi0


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 .

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11 comments:

Marvin D Wilson said...

Sounds like a neat book. Love the little Iggy cartoon character too, lol.

The Old Silly

Barbara Techel said...

What a beautiful and well deserved review. I esepcially liked this part of the review: "Melissa has a gift that enables her to reach out and touch children with her words. She hugs them from a distance through her story and lets them know someone understands and cares." So true!

Barbara Techel
Award winning author of the Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog Book Series
My passion is bringing a positive face and voice to animals with disabilities
Frankie is Official Mascot for National Disabled Pets Day and
Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame Companion Dog
http://www.joyfulpaws.com
http://www.frankiethewalknrolldog.blogspot.com

Melissa M. Williams said...

Wow! Thank you so much for such kind words, Joyce. It practically brought tears to my eyes to read that you expressed some of my biggest dreams and desires for not only my books in this wonderful world of children's literature, but you touched on the most important part ... the impact on the children. I just hope that the children readers will always take with them the fact that we are all uniquely perfect, just as God planned, so to be different is not a bad thing but a good thing. We have to encourage our kids to have balanced minds and accept others in this world. Thank you thank you thank you, Joyce ... it means so much to me.

Melissa M. Williams said...

Marvin,

Thanks so much for the comment! We all love the little Iggy stuffed animal too ... you will have to go check out the turtle stuffed animal on Iggy's website too. www.iggytheiguana.com. The kids are just eating that little dude up!

Melissa M. Williams said...

Barb,

That was by far one of my favorite parts of the review too. It made me feel just wonderful inside. I loved it!!!!!!!!!!

Joyce Anthony said...

Thanks for the great comments, Guys :-) Marvin, it's been a while since I got a comment from you, glad to see you! Barbara, I appreciate the comments the past couple of days! I'm very familiar with Frankie--maybe he can come by for a visit some time--I'd be glad to have you both!

Melissa, I'm glad you liked my review. Anyone familiar with me knows I only say what I truly feel. As a child, books were my only friends. I understand the importance of knowing someone, somewhere cares!

Of all the reviews I've done, your book was the first that took me back to that cozy library on a rainy day--when I felt safe and warm. Thank you for all you do!

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