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I Wanna New Room

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A hilarious companion to I Wanna Iguana.

Ever since their baby sister came along, Alex has been forced to share a room with his little brother, Ethan, and it's a nightmare. Ethan always breaks stuff, snores like a walrus, and sticks crayons up his nose. No hardworking, well-behaved, practically grown-up boy like Alex should have to put up with that!Writing letters to his mo
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 2nd 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Maggie Burgess
Jan 30, 2016 Maggie Burgess rated it really liked it
Another great "I Wanna" book, with equally great illustrations by David Catrow! Again, I love that the parents are responsive, and not just dismissive of the child's wishes. They also give good reasons and explanations, not just "Because I said so". Still, it's a good story, with a good lesson for kids AND adults, and really nice ending :) Definitely one I would share/use with my students for a few different teaching points.
Sheri
Jan 15, 2013 Sheri rated it really liked it
Alex the main character has found letter writing to his parents the way to get a new pet from the previous book I Wanna an Iguana. So he campaigns with letters to his parents and their responses to give him a new room so he doesn't have to share with a younger brother. His baby sister gets his old room and he finally gets a space of his own. He finally decides it is lonely with your own space and he wants someone to interact with. A cute story for kids with new brothers or sisters or sharing a r ...more
Matthew
Sep 24, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it
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'I Wanna Iguana' was much more enjoyable than this book. It seems to me Alex's mom has better communication skills than his dad. The rebutle was not half as good as his mother's letters, the book seemed to get lost only to be brought back by themes from the iguana book and the letters took up more space leaving the wonderful illustrations to be placed in the background.
Joan
Apr 29, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it
An endearing story that goes through the argument between a sone and his mom on the reasons he wants a new room. Good mentor text for opinion/argument pieces as this writing models speaking to an audience, giving reasons for your thinking, and interesting closing statements.

Lexile: AD540
Paul
Oct 09, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it
I like this book! Alex gets a new baby sister, and it forces his parents to move his little brother in with Alex, and he's not happy about it! The book consists of a series of notes between Alex and his folks, and it is humorous and, in the end, pretty cool.
Diane
Apr 18, 2015 Diane rated it liked it
The art of persuasion through letter writing is highlighted as this time, Alex tries to persuade his father that he needs his own room. His little brother is just too difficult to live with.
Donna (Jaevenstar)
Jan 17, 2015 Donna (Jaevenstar) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
This is the sequel to I Wanna Iguana. It's another adorable book! The little boy is trying to convince his parents that he and his little brother shouldn't have to share a bedroom!
Carlee
Mar 31, 2013 Carlee rated it really liked it
Loved this book. The letters back & forth, first between Alex and his Mom, then Alex and his Dad, had me laughing out loud. So adorably realistic, in the way Alex constantly over-exaggerates his stance, his view on things, and how the parental letter comes back with a common sense, though often witty, response. Would very much recommend this book as a read-aloud for a 3rd or 4th grader, perhaps a story-time or such for a small class?? Children that age should be able to find the humor in the ...more
Kati
Sep 06, 2012 Kati rated it really liked it
Loved this book. The letters back & forth, first between Alex and his Mom, then Alex and his Dad, had me laughing out loud. So adorably realistic, in the way Alex constantly over-exaggerates his stance, his view on things, and how the parental letter comes back with a common sense, though often witty, response. Would very much recommend this book as a read-aloud for a 3rd or 4th grader, perhaps a story-time or such for a small class?? Children that age should be able to find the humor in the ...more
Michele Knott
Feb. 2012 Book Fair selection
What do you do when you want your room back? You write notes back and forth with your parents pleading your case, of course! Kids will enjoy the banter between parent and son, maybe too well (definitely brings me back to some note writing I did as a child...). A baby sister was just born into this family and now the oldest brother, Alex, must share a room with his younger brother, Ethan, so he begins a note writing campaign to get his room back. My favorite was the o
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Melissa
Jan 27, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-class
Great book to read during our Opinion Writing unit because of the use of letter writing, persuasion, reasons, and examples.
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E ORLOFF, K. Alex wants his own room so Dad builds him a tree house. But he is lonesome so he invites his brother up to play.
babyhippoface
Feb 22, 2012 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
Too cute! Alex (from I Wanna Iguana is back, and this time his letter-writing campaign is to convince his parents he needs his own room back. New baby sister Annie's arrival has forced 4-year-old Ethan into Alex's room, and the situation is desperate. (Apparently, Ethan sticks crayons up his nose and barks like a walrus. Can't say as I blame Alex for wanting his own room.)

Lots of humor and persuasive writing, not to mention funny illustrations and a tender moment between Alex and his dad, make t
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Karen
Oct 16, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
Great, funny read-aloud for younger kids and great for teaching persuasive writing with older kids - win/win
Kristen
Perfect for persuasive writing and letter writing.
Compare with "I Wanna Iguana"
RJ
Dec 20, 2015 RJ rated it really liked it
Great book to teach persuasion. I wish the title was I WANT instead of I WANNA.
Savannah Wilson
One word for this book...hysterical! I laughed and laughed when I read this! It is a great book about how an older brother is begging for privacy from his younger brother who had to move into his room because of his new baby sister. The letters he writes his parents complaining about the things his younger brother does can easily relate to children who have siblings older or younger. I chose this for my read aloud because of the humor and illustrations in it. It is a fun book for readers of all ...more
Zilha B.


This book is about a young boy who has to share a room with his little brother after his sister is born. The book consists of letters he writes to his parents to persuade them to give him his own room, and their responses. The book ends with the boy getting his own tree house, which he learns is no fun without having someone to play with. I would use this book to talk about persuasion. I would write a class letter with my students to try to persuade a change win our school. I would then have st
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Bill
Feb 07, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the Tennessee Williams reference.
Lindsey
Mar 05, 2015 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Persuasive writing mentor text.
Cyndy
Mar 17, 2014 Cyndy rated it liked it
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Great for teaching persuasive writing.
Stephanie Mixon
Dec 05, 2012 Stephanie Mixon rated it it was amazing
This is a very cute where Alex is trying to plead his case through humorous letters to his Mom and Dad to give him his own room. Alex's little brother is not who Alex wants to share a room with and everything he does aggravates Alex endlessly. The methods he using to fix the situation are hilarious.

This book would be great to use for 2nd -3rd graders because of the letter format. This could be used to show the importance of sharing. This also shows that sometimes what you wish for may not be wh
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Thu Nguyen
I enjoyed reading this book so much even though i dont have any sibling to relate it to. But i can see myself begging my mom for something and reasoning why i should or shouldn't. I love how the author used the letters to correspond between Alex and his parents and to this little brother Ethan.
It also reminds me that sometimes i wanted something badly, eventually i got it and it wasn't what i really want. Same idea with kids, i need to teach them to please with what they have and be friendly wi
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Yolanda
Great book!
Ashley Storms
students will love this hilarious book about a boy who wants his own room. I have seen this book used in practicum as a prompt for persuasive writing. Recommended for primary or intermediate students.
Robin
Feb 22, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it
A kid wants his own room. What kid doesn't? When he gets one (in a fashion), a sweet ending occurs.
Jamie
Aug 17, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it
This is on the 2014 Monarch list.

I'm not a huge fan of these illustrations, but the story was fun. My boys had never read an epistolary before, and I think it's cool that a children's book was written almost entirely in letter form. My boys, the oldest especially, connected with this story--the oldest is constantly lobbying for his own space but once he gets it he's lonely; these brothers drive each other crazy because they are together all the time but can't stand being apart. True that.
Kim Patton
Jul 07, 2011 Kim Patton rated it liked it
This is a series of letters from a young boy, Alex, to his family about his need to have a bedroom of his own after his parents have a baby. He must share with his younger brother & hates doing so. The letters tend to get a little long (as in after a while, it seemed like too many letters back and forth) but they told a good story. Also, would be a great spark to start a letter writing activity for kids. The illustrations by David Catrow are really good.
Rachel
The only thing the boy wants is a new room! This book is a great way to introduce persuasive writing to students. The book models how to write persuasively and can lead to a future writing prompt. I saw this book used in first grade but it could be used across all grades.
Marcie
This sequel to I Wanna Iguana, uses the same technique of Alex writing letters (this time to Dad) to convince him of why he should not have to share a room with his younger brother. The humor and illustrations are great and I love the dedication in which the Author thanks her editor for making her wait for this sequel until she "Got it Right". I really think they did get this one right.

Great for persuasive writing and humor!
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