Karen Kaufman Orloff is the author of many books for children including I Wanna Iguana, I Wanna New Room, and I Wanna Go Home, all inspired by her son's pet iguana who quickly grew to be over four feet long and take over his room.
Alex just has to convince his mom to let him have an iguana, so he puts his arguments in writing. The boy pulls out all the stops in his arguments: iguanas are quiet and cute, they are not ugly. He promises that she won't have to feed it or clean its cage or even see it if she doesn't want to. But his mom imagines that they will live with a six-foot-long iguana in they house. Alex's reassurances: It takes fifteen years for an iguana to get that big. I'll be married by then and probably living in my own house. And his mom's replies: How are you going to get a girl to marry you when you own a giant reptile?
At the end, his dear mom puts a baby iguana in his room, of cause!