My Name Is Not Alexander

My Name Is Not Alexander

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by Jennifer Fosberry, Mike Litwin
     
 

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Just How Big Can a Little kid Dream?

Jennifer Fosberry is a science geek turned children's book writer. After working in the high tech industry in Silicon Valley and running away to Costa Rica for a few years, she returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to read, write, raise kids and not do too much housework. She lives with her husband and three children and

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Just How Big Can a Little kid Dream?

Jennifer Fosberry is a science geek turned children's book writer. After working in the high tech industry in Silicon Valley and running away to Costa Rica for a few years, she returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to read, write, raise kids and not do too much housework. She lives with her husband and three children and wishes for a puppy.

MIKE LITWIN is an award-winning illustrator who combines oil glazing, colored pencil, collage, and other mixed media to create scenes that serve the imagination and education of children.

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"The young narrator's big personality comes through clearly in Litwin's grainy-surfaced cartoon scenes."

"What an imagination! Alexander takes on the roles of Theodore Roosevelt, Fred Astaire, and others by day, but at bedtime, he's ready to be himself again."

"This cleverly crafted picture book pays homage not only to diverse heroes, but also to the children who engage in imaginary adventures with them."

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This cleverly crafted picture book pays homage not only to diverse heroes, but also to the children who engage in imaginary adventures with them. The story follows Alexander from the moment he wakes with a smirk, hair standing on end, declaring: "My name is not Alexander!" A present, patient, and refreshingly domestic father asks him, "then who has been sleeping in my son's bed?" This formula allows Alexander to introduce Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Chief Joseph, Fred Astaire, Jackie Robinson, and, finally, his own daddy. The story ends with the child dreaming about "who he would be tomorrow." Each spread shows not-Alexander and his trusty teddy-bear sidekick in a charade complete with costumes and a typeface that is uniquely suited to each role. Edison's descriptive words, "brilliant" and "light" are that indeed, seemingly lit by an unseen bulb. Alexander's familiar daily routine and energetic pretend play give this story wide appeal and make it equally perfect for sharing in storytime or kicking off a school unit about heroes. Biographical information on each man is included at the end in both a simple-sentence format and a more detailed paragraph. Litwin's pencil illustrations on sueded matboard add humor and depth to Alexander's flights of fancy. Fans of this team's work will also love the girl-power version, My Name Is Not Isabella (Monkey Barrel, 2008).—Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402254338
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Isabella Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
191,084
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
AD570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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"Good morning, Alexander," the father said. "It's time for breakfast, and then let's play ball."

"My name is not Alexander!" said the little boy.

"Then who has been sleeping in my son's bed?" asked the father.

"I am THEODORE, the greatest, grandest president who ever was!"

"Well, Theodore, PARK yourself here and SAVE your ENERGY for today's game."

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