From the Publisher
"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
Read an Excerpt
"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."