Review! Iggy Loomis: A Hagfish called Shirley By Jennifer Allison

hagfishIggy Loomis: A Hagfish called Shirley
By Jennifer Allison
Illustrated by  Michael Moran
Hardcover: 202 pages – ages 7+
Published by Dial on October 9, 2014

Synopsis: My favorite preschooler-superhero, Iggy Loomis, is back! Along with his older, more responsible brother Daniel, and Daniel’s alien friend Alistair. Daniel is often looking after Iggy and his twin sister Dottie. When Iggy accidently flushes Alistair’s pet hagfish down the toilet, they need to get it back, or else Alistair will be sent back to Planet Blaron. But after the fiasco that happened in Book 1, Alistair’s parents took away his super-cool watch that can do almost anything. Will Daniel (and Iggy) be able to help Alistair before it’s too late? And now Dottie knows about Iggy’s bug superpowers! Can she keep it a secret?

What I Liked: This is a fun series. And who doesn’t love that title -“A Hagfish Called Shirley”?? Iggy was turned into a buggy “superhero” after eating some science experiments. Now he turns into some bug-mutant (random bug parts pop out of his body (wings from his back, antennae from his head, stinger from his bottom)) whenever he gets angry or excited – kind of like the Hulk, but only in preschool form 😉 . The bad news is that, for a preschooler, those are the majority of his emotions. Daniel and Alistair really have their hands full with Iggy. The plot, while seemingly simple, really takes a twist for the worst in the book, in a funny way, of course. There are comic-like illustrations that pop around the story, with speech bubbles, and descriptive boxes. Those are pretty cool. Ms. Allison has written a wonderful book! I love this series!

I give “A Hagfish Called Shirley” five out of five bookworms !fivebooks

Categories: Age 6-9

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21 replies

  1. Haha, preschooler superheroes are always the best!

  2. I’m with you on that title, Erik! lol I’ve never heard of a hagfish before, I can tell you. This sounds like quite the mischievous bunch and “Mork & Mindy” flashed in my mind for a sec, too! 🙂 Fun stuff 🙂

  3. I like reading your reviews and finding out about more middle grade novels. You would also enjoy more titles from Cornelia Funke and don’t forget Nancy Farmer and Avi who write for accomplished readers such as you. My elementary students in MD loved those adventure writers.

  4. Okay. I NEED this book. Thank you, thank you for such an awesome review. And what a great cover not to mention that title. You rock even more than donuts. 😉

  5. That sounds like fun. Thanks for the review.

  6. I just arrived from Catherine Johnson’s place where I fell in love with a book about toilet poetry.

    And now another toilet-centric story!

    Best. Groundhog’s Day. Ever.

  7. This looks like a very odd book! Hagfish? What’s a hagfish?! I guess i need to find the book!

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