Igor

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Pub Date 01 Jan 2021 | Archive Date 01 Mar 2022

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Picture Book

The only thing Igor knows about himself is his name. When he's not busy playing, he likes to watch what the animals do, but why has he never seen anyone else like himself? Maybe it is time to leave home and go on a journey of self-discovery.

Picture Book

The only thing Igor knows about himself is his name. When he's not busy playing, he likes to watch what the animals do, but why has he never seen anyone else like himself? Maybe it is...


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Very beautiful illustrations and a simple story. The appeal of this book is the story said through illustrations. The ending is a little flat and confusing but sufficient for small kids. The drawings will make them laugh.

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Aww, I love Igor! This is a beautifully illustrated book with lots of cute creatures and I love the art style. There isn't much of a story here due to the minimal text but I found it to be a soothing and relaxing read. Just unwind and enjoy the pictures 😉

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Igor is generally a happy and content little fella, but, aside from his name and birthday, he really doesn't know a lot about himself and has never seen another creature of his kind. So, he embarks on a journey to see if he can find others like him. He meets many friends along the way and learns what's truly important to him.

The art in this book is gorgeous! The illustrations are soft and beautiful and I flipped through the book again just to admire them. Kids will enjoy naming all the various animals Igor meets. My one concern is that it was not immediately obvious to me that the last creature Igor meets is meant to be another of his species. I guess Igor is a baby version and this is an adult? I fear that if I didn't pick this up, young readers might not either, so be prepared for questions. This is still a lovely book, though, and would make a great wind-down story for pre-K and early elementary.

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!

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This is a very cute book. I would have liked a bit more details/descriptions of his adventures during the middle of the book, but overall, it is a cute book and a good story. I believe this book is best suited for kids under 6.

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Igor's world is a small one. I suppose you could say that he lives a sheltered existence in the "first branch to the right of the third ginkgo biloba tree from the left". He knows only his home and his name.
He experiences magic in small things: trees, flowers, seeds, leaves that whistle.
He's a scruffy, smiley creature, in search of more of his kind. When he goes on a journey to find out what he is, he discovers many creatures and a whole, wide beautiful world.
Much of the story is told through its gorgeous illustrations. There is beauty, humour and wonder along the way.
Finally, he meets another like him. Now that Igor has had a taste of adventure however, he decides to continue to broaden his horizons.
The images leave much to discuss and describe to little people. This book would be perfect for toddlers through to young readers.
Thank you very much to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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I was utterly charmed by Igor. The story is so adorable and the illustrations breathtaking. It’s a very simple story of a little creature setting off on an adventure to see if he can find someone like him. Kids will love all the pictures of him visiting animals and trying to blend in. Highly recommend buying this to add to your collection of children’s books.

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Quite the unusual kids' read, this – it features Igor, who looks to all intents and purposes like some kind of hairy troll, or yeti or something, except he lives on a gingko tree and is only four inches tall. Feeling lonely, he seeks company and adventure and someone else like him – but the whole bulk of the book with Igor on his travels is textless, just snapshots of him in unlikely company (posing in glasses with a pair of owls, as if he's their baby, swimming with the fishes, etc) and unlikely situations. It's a whole low-on-narrative montage that is of a kind seldom seen, and makes this a very quick read but a distinctive one. I'd also say the art qualities are seldom seen, for they're also highly distinctive, with a clarity and ease and warmth of character to die for. Even considering how peculiar it feels to drop the text for such a portion of the book, I'd definitely recommend accompanying Igor on his journeys. A strong four stars.

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Igor is an adorable book! The cover is what originally drew me to this book. The artwork is fantastic! My children and I loved following Igor on his journey to find others like him.
Overall Igor is a very cute story with wonderful artwork.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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Igor does not know much about himself, other than his own name. He decides to go on an adventure to find someone else like him.

This story is largely told through pictures, as the middle of the story does not include text. The art is beautifully done and was what drew me to request an ARC of this book in the first place. It lived up to my expectations. The expressions in the eyes of the creatures that Igor looks to see himself in tell a story.

Though the ending is not a 'loose ending', it feels like one. Igor sees someone he believes he is alike to him, but he does not look alike on paper. This might be hard for the reader to understand, as the creature does not look all too similar and is much larger. However, they share a bonding moment that was sweet, and Igor is happy to return home and live his life knowing he is not the only one out there.

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This adorable picture book features the cuuuutest little critter for a main character, and gentle, sweet illustrations that really make the simple bit of story come to life. I didn't think it was particularly clear that the larger animal at the end is the same kind of being as Igor, but other than that little quibble, I loved this cute book!

Thanks to NetGalley and Windmill Books for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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LOVED LOVED LOVED! And I'm definitely getting this for me nephew.

Igor is just so adorable and the illustrations are so detailed and gorgeous. In this little book, Francesca Dafne Vignaga writes about Igor who lives his life without having someone like him to experience it with so he decides to embark on a journey and discover more about himself.

Touching and more often hilarious, Igor is a children's book that contains wonderful illustrations and minimal text. It's almost impossible not to laugh when Igor tries to blend it with other animals (I laughed out loud with the illustrations of when he meets the raccoon and the owls).

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC!

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Incredibly cute. Illustrations are sweet. A cute story about belonging and finding your way. Loved the tones in this book and will be buying this for our library.

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When Igor realizes he's the only Igor around, he goes searching for another creature like himself. Much enchanting adorableness follows.

There's not much more to the story than that, and most of the book is wordless. However, I couldn't stop squealing over how adorable Igor is, and I'm a nearly grown old lady. Children might just pass out over all the cuteness . . . which, I suppose, might make this a great bedtime book.

More Igor, please.

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Igor is a beautifully illustrated book of a special little creature’s journey by Francesca Dafne Vignaga. I must say the facial expressions of Igor was our favorite part when reading this quick book. He could say so much with a look.

My granddaughter, a first grader, read this book with me. For the most part she could read it on her own. Many pages were illustrations only which we enjoyed discussing while looking at closely. There was only one part of his journey that we didn’t understand. Looking at the copyright, this book was first written in Italian so perhaps something was lost in the translation since the text did not exactly fit the illustrations. A clearer explanation would have been helpful but of course this gave us something to try to solve.

All in all we like Igor’s way of being accepting, curious, and adventurous. It is also a great thing to know when to return home to regroup.

The publisher through Net Galley provided a digital ARC. I have voluntarily decided to read and review, giving my personal opinions and thoughts.

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I really liked this! Very sweet message that a lot of kids will need to hear at one time or another. Even if you look different, you still have a place in this world!! Igor only know his name. He does not know where he comes from or where he belongs, so he goes on a journey to find these answers. It's very heartwarming and beautifully illustrated.

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The illustrations in this book were gorgeous. Igor sets off to find creatures like himself. I didn’t feel like the story was developed, the only part that really drew me in was that Igor was cute. I think if the storyline was better, it would have definitely been a 4-5 star book.

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Igor only knows his name. While he is content in life, he does wonder if there are others out there that look like him. He sets off on an epic adventure to find where he belongs.

Full of beautiful illustrations and an adorable protagonist, this is a pleasant read. Much of Igor's adventure is portrayed through images only. While beautifully rendered, it might be difficult to keep a little one's attention during these scenes. We also don't see much emotion from Igor during his journey. I wanted more!

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I loved Igor and his story. This is a beautifully illustrated book that I imagine will capture reader's attentions (like it did mine) with its' simple but thoughtful prose. I did become a bit confused at the ending as I didn't immediately recognize the last creature to be of the same species, but the illustrations did assist in making the point clearer.

Overall, I definitely recommend and will be purchasing for my children in the future!

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Igor is an adorable little creature who decides to go on a journey to find someone like him. On the way, he meets many different animals and enjoys his time.

I did not really think that the creature at the end is like him, and I do not think little children will understand that either. The illustrations are beautiful, almost magical. Overall, it is a good bedtime story for children.

Thank you, Windmill Books and Netgalley, for providing me with an advanced copy of the book to read and review.

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A cute little story about Igor, the creature that knows nothing but his name. The story itself is simple and about Igor, an unknown kind of creature, searching for others like him in the world. The illustrations are the best part of this book and will delight young and old readers. The fun illustrations make up the majority of the book as there is a large portion containing only illustrations and no text. Overall, it is a fun short story for little ones.

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The illustrations in this book are what set it apart. The cover is immediately attention grabbing, and all of the other illustrations in the book are detailed and done in the same beautiful muted pastel color pallet.

The story itself is told half in a traditional word format and then a large section of the middle is told only through pictures. Igor does not know much about himself other than his name. He goes in search of other creatures who look like him. He finds a friend, promises to visit, and returns to his home. 



This story was very simple but had a strong theme of belonging. This story relies more heavily on the reader inferring the plot rather than sharing a lot of actual conflict and plot points. I can see this book being a great teaching tool or even inspiring students to write a similar story about a character being unique. However, as an interesting story within itself I found it a bit lacking.

3.5 stars rounded up

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I love the illustrations. They are gorgeous and entertaining. I was honestly torn between 3 and 4 stars. But my 7 year old loved the images and kept giggling at Igor, so 4 it is. Somehow for not saying much, Igor has a lot of personality! I wish there was more text at times, but the pictures do a nice job of filling in the blanks and perhaps it could be a chance for the child potentially being read to or reading to fill in some of the blanks themselves.

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A big thank you to NetGalley and Windmill Books for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. This is a children's book. The graphics in this book are gorgeous!! Just beautiful and playful. Igor is a cute little fellow. Who doesn't see anyone like himself? Is he alone? So he goes on a look about. The last animal he meets is an adult version of him??? Who can tell? I certainly couldn't. But that's what the words implied. There isn't a lot of verbage so you can make up stories as well. Besides the adult version of Igor not looking like him at all-it is a lovely book. Very cute and I think most kids will love the graphics. 4 stars

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I was drawn to this book due to the beautiful illustrations and cute title. I enjoyed the journey of Igor searching for someone like him. There was minimal text throughout the book, which was okay because the illustrations told a beautiful story. I did think the ending was kind of flat as Igor moved on relatively quickly after finally finding the thing he had been searching for the whole book.

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Thank you so much to net galley for sending me a copy of this book! I absolutely loved this book it’s so cute and fun. I’m definitely buying aCopy for my baby cousin

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How much do I love Igor? Let me count the ways.

1.) Igor is adorable.

2.) Igor is adventurous.

3.) Igor is inquisitive.

He wonders why he hasn't seen any creatures around, who look like him. So he goes on exploring to see who he can find. And find he does! See how Igor interacts with moths, fish, bats, owls and more.

Gosh, I love Igor. He is adorable and Francesca Dafne Vignaga, as the author and illustrator, does a nice job. The character and artwork are the stars of the show for me!

Thank you Netgalley and Windmill Press, for the opportunity to read this book.

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I loved this whimsical story about being different and how you can always find someone out there with something in common with you. The illustrations are absolutely adorable. The sparse text lends itself to discussion and the use of imagination by young readers.

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Igor is a pictureboook written and illustrated by Francesca Dafne Vignaga. The only thing Igor knows about himself is his name. When he's not busy playing, he likes to watch what the animals do, but why has he never seen anyone else like himself? Maybe it is time to leave home and go on a journey of self-discovery.

Igor is a lovely picturebook. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful, and capture the reader's attention and imagination. The detail is wonderful and I liked the style. The story itself is simple. Igor wants to know if there are others like him out there so he goes on an adventure. It was fun seeing him try to blend in with a variety of creatures, which were clearly different from him., but being welcome to try with nothing but a little side eye from some around him. I liked the journey, and his success. However, I need to admit that I still have no idea what type of creature Igor might be.

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I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. Igor is so cute that I want my very own Igor. Cute book, not a ton of text.

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