My Name Is Not Alexander

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Alexander takes a rip-roaring historical adventure! Through his imaginative journey, Alexander discovers how great men become heroes: the roughest rider can be surprisingly gentle, a strong leader is also the most peaceful, and sometimes, being brave about what makes you different will not only ...

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New York Times Bestseller!

Just How Big Can a Little kid Dream?

Who is your hero?

Alexander takes a rip-roaring historical adventure! Through his imaginative journey, Alexander discovers how great men become heroes: the roughest rider can be surprisingly gentle, a strong leader is also the most peaceful, and sometimes, being brave about what makes you different will not only help you break records, but inspire others.

Join Alexander as he learns how these remarkable men changed the world and encouraged him to find the hero within himself.

"Clever text and exuberant illustrations makes this book a perfect way to introduce kids to historical figures."
-Deborah Underwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Quiet Book

Recognition for My Name Is Not Isabella:

  • National Parenting Publications Gold Award
  • Gold Moonbeam Children's Book Award
  • Silver ForeWord Book of the Year Award for Picture Books
  • Gold Independent Publisher Book Award
  • Amelia Bloomer List

Praise for the award-winning My Name Is Not Isabella

"Perfect for kids who are constantly imagining what they want to be when they grow up."

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Editorial Reviews

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Alexander is a little boy who thinks big. He wakes up one morning, insisting to his dad that he's not Alexander; he's Theodore Roosevelt. After his transformation as the presidential Rough Rider, he becomes, in turn, inventor Thomas Edison, Nez Perce peacemaker Chief Joseph, baseball trailblazer Jackie Robinson and graceful cinematic stepper Fred Astaire. A spirited stroll through historic portals.

From the Publisher
""A little boy has a playful identity crisis in My Name Is Not Alexander by Bay Area author Jennifer Fosberry and illustrated by Mike Litwin, the same team that created the female-centered "My Name Is Not Isabella," which came out in September."" - San Francisco Chronicle

""My Name Is Not Alexander is at once a sweet, gentle history lesson and a delightful bedtime read. Alexander's imagination and the amusing illustrations make this an entertaining and informative choice."" - New York Journal of Books

""Just like her previous book, My Name is Not Isabella, this book is an amazing book that encourages a child to dream and be more than they can be."" - Dad of Divas

""We couldn't wait to turn the page to see who Alexander was going to be next."" - Song Berries

""[Provides] quality time teaching a child [while] having fun. I will definitely recommend this book to my friends and family with children."" - Z's Space Reviews

""Going through so many important characters in history this little guy's imagination keeps him going places and going strong."" - Creative Madness

""Join Alexander as he takes a wild ride through an historical journey, discovering scientists, rough riders and heroes, all in a day's imaginings."" - Charlotte Parent

""One thing that I really like about these two books (Isabella and Alexander) is that the writing level appeals to young children, but the information at the back of the book educates them at a fairly high level."" - Infant Bibliophile

""Jennifer Fosberry's new book My Name Is Not Alexander is now out and it delivers the same vibrant illustrations and style as her other work, My Name Is Not Isabella."" - Mogul Baby

""This book empowers children to realize their true capabilities, while still letting their own personality radiate. "" - One Momma Saving Money

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402254338
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Isabella Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 176,689
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Fosberry

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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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."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2011

    Total Disappointment! Where are the big, pretty pictures?!

    This book is adorable, but it is not formatted like "My Name Is Not Isabella." It just not in landscape format, does not have a "Read To Me" option AND is not a nookbook with the beautiful pictures filling up the screen. It's more like a regular nookbook with the pictures small and at the bottom of the page. Total disappointment. Still a great book, but not what I expected AT ALL!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Laughed all the way through it

    What a cute book with many different people that ALexander pretends to be. Love it!

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