Nine-year-old Iggy Frangi isn’t afraid to be himself. He has a lot of great ideas, even if they don’t always go according to plan. The Best of Iggy is about the misadventures of this mischievous boy. Author Annie Barrows calls him a “kid who is living in the moment.”
Barrows also wrote the popular series Ivy + Bean. It’s about two girls who are best friends, even though their personalities are very different. Barrows told TFK that Iggy’s character was inspired by the young readers she met while traveling to schools to talk about the books. Some kids seemed to be troublemakers, like Iggy. But Barrows knew there was more to them. “Just because somebody calls you a troublemaker doesn’t mean you’re bad at all,” she says.