Monday, March 07, 2011

Children’s Book Review: My Name Is Not Alexander, by Jennifer Fosberry

Last year, I had the pleasure of reviewing the children’s book, My Name Is Not Isabella, by Jennifer Fosberry, which became a New York Times bestseller, so I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to review a new addition to this series: My Name Is Not Alexander.

In this book, Alexander imagines that, instead of a little boy, he is a great man in history. First, he is Theodore (Roosevelt), “the greatest, grandest president who ever was!” Then he becomes Thomas (Edison), “the greatest, brightest inventor who ever was!” On subsequent pages, Alexander tells his father that he is Chief Joseph, Fred Astaire, Jackie Robinson and, finally, Daddy: “the greatest, coolest father who ever was!” Then, as Alexander and his dad settle down for a campout in the backyard, Alexander admits that he is Alexander, “the coolest, bravest, smoothest, proudest, brightest, grandest, greatest boy that ever was.” In other words, he embodies all of the wonderful qualities of the great men he aspires to be.

The end of the book contains brief biographies of all of the “men who changed the world” that are mentioned in the book and explains why they are heroes. I love how this book not only introduces kids to historical figures, but inspires them to learn from their heroes’ actions. Children will realize that they have a lot in common with the great people who have changed the world.

The words in My Name Is Not Alexander are also charmingly illustrated by Mike Litwin. The following video shows the very interesting process of bringing one of the illustrations “to life” in this book:

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If you’re looking for a book that encourages your child to chase big dreams, then I highly recommend My Name Is Not Alexander, by Jennifer Fosberry.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my candid review. No financial compensation was provided. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission on sales made through the affiliate links in this post.

1 comment:

  1. This book looks adorable. I love how it can also show children how they can be anything! Cute little artist video too.
    ~ Carol


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