The Book That Made Me: James Mayhew 17/07/19
Iguana Boy Saves the World with a Triple Cheese Pizza
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Dylan Spencer is desperate to be a superhero, just like his big brother and sister – Arctic Thunder and Millie Monday. One day, he hopes, he will wake up with superpowers, just as lots of other children have. He finally does get a superpower, but it turns out to be the most rubbish one ever: he can talk to iguanas. Iguana Boy is born!
But then Platypus Girl takes away all the other superheroes’ superpowers. Only Iguana Boy (with a little help from four iguanas) can save the world…
This hilarious book is perfect for any reader who has ever wondered who would win in a battle between platypuses and iguanas. Behind the laughter, however, there is a surprisingly painful story about being the underdog in the family: Dylan’s brother and sister may be superheroes, but they bully and tease him. Dylan’s constant resilience and optimism, in spite of his siblings’ bullying, is heartwarming.
Packed full of brilliant, comic-strip illustrations by Rikin Parekh, this energetic, funny story with heart has a similar appeal to Despicable Me, or My Brother is a Superhero.