I have a 4 year old son and we were both captivated by this book. I love, Love, LOVED My Name is NOT Alexander!!! This book is one of the best new books I’ve read in a long time. We read a lot of children’s books … daily … and the combination of excellent writing from Jennifer Fosberry and superior artistry from Mike Litwin will automatically draw readers into the book. I feel My Name is NOT Alexander embodies the creativity and fickle-minded characteristic of children.
My Name Is Not Alexander is all about a boy exploring great men in history. When he wakes up in the morning he isn’t himself, Alexander; he’s Teddy Roosevelt. Throughout his day Alexander also becomes Thomas Edison, Chief Joseph, Fred Astaire, Jackie Robinson, and his father before becoming himself again to fall asleep that night. Clever text and pictorial context clues give your child hints as to who each historical figure was and what part they played in America’s history.
My Name is NOT Alexander continues beyond the story with a brief biographical excerpt on each featured man. I had a fun time reading each piece and helping my son to relate to the featured men, such as Teddy Roosevelt on his horse outside the Natural History Museum in New York City (where we took a vacation this summer) and a mini guessing game of how something Thomas Edison invented is in his room RIGHT NOW.
This is a great book for young children. I’d HIGHLY recommend this as a present for birthdays, or end of year present for your teacher/classroom. Your child will love this book if they like A Mouse Told His Mother. Though I think this book is not just for boys, the original idea by author Jennifer Fosberry was presented in a girl version called My Name Is NOT Isabella. My sons love to read all sorts of books and I’d love to give My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream? a go with them too (especially the 4YO).
Summer received a copy of this book to facilitate this review.
Summer is the President of our Local MOMS Club chapter, she is the mother of two adorable active boys, and is always thinking of ways to help others. She is a friend, a wife, and always busy as all mommies are. She is very active on Facebook, addicted to Geocaching and very interested in organic and green living.