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My Name is Elizabeth!

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  425 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Meet Elizabeth. She's got an excellent pet duck, a loving granddad and a first name that's just awesome. After all, she's got a queen named after her! So she's really not amused when people insist on using nicknames like "Lizzy" and "Beth." She bears her frustration in silence until an otherwise ordinary autumn day, when she discovers her power to change things once and fo ...more
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Kids Can Press (first published January 2011)
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Some children are very particular about what they are called and don’t like to be called by nicknames that are not their own. Such is the case with Elizabeth (that’s Elizabeth—not Lizzie or Beth or Liz!). Not that there is anything *wrong* with the other names, but they are just not *her* name. While I can certainly understand Elizabeth’s frustration (you may call me Katie or Kate, but please don’t call me Kathy!) I’m not sure I was a super fan of her way of expressing her displeasure. Still, th ...more
Oh now this is a good one. A great one. Not only because of the story - a little girl with a mouthful of a name who nonetheless would prefer it if people did not shorten it - but the art: fat lovely swipes of gouache or black ink, little scritchy lines, and a vast color palette encompassing exactly two colors - sun orange and pale blue - plus black and white.

I especially like the wordless page where we see six little drawings of Elizabeth getting ready for school while intoning the syllables of
I, of course, loved this book (even though they spelled Elisabeth incorrectly). I am considering writing a book called "My name is Elisabeth with an S and if you keep spelling my name wrong or if you call me Liz, I will kick you in the dingding"
The human capacity to garble a first name, even a simple or common one, is without limit. I should know. My name is Elizabeth. My preferred nickname is “Betsy”, which is not intuitive. Generally speaking, one should never assume what another person’s nickname is. In my day I have shouldered countless calls of “Liz”, more than one “Betty”, and the occasional (and unforgivable) "Eliza". Still, my heart goes out to kids with fresh and original names that get mangled in the garbled mouths of well-me ...more
Elizabeth really likes her name, her full name. She likes its length, the way it feels when she says it, and also that there is a queen named after her! But she doesn’t like it when people shorten it to things like Liz, Lizzy, or Beth. So she announces that her name is ELIZABETH Alfreda Roxanne Carmelita Bluebell Jones. But you can just call her Elizabeth. Now everyone has it right, except for one little person, her younger brother. It’s close enough when he calls her “Wizabef.”

Dunklee captures
Amy Musser
Elizabeth loves her name. It has nine letters, it sounds neat when she says it, and there’s even a queen named after her! Unfortunately, other people don’t seem to understand how Elizabeth feels about her name. Friends and family call her, “Lizzy,” “Liz,” Beth,” and the dreaded, “Betsy.” Finally, Elizabeth can’t take it anymore! “My name is ELIZABETH Alfreda Roxanne Carmelita Bluebell Jones!! But you may call me Elizabeth.”

The text of this child-empowering story is brief and presented completely
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Green Bean
Elizabeth--despite it's whole 9 letters including an electric Z--is a name warranting NO abbreviation. Not one item on the interminable list of Elizabeth nicknames is going to cut it. Not Libby, not Lizzie, not Ibby, not Lisa, not Betsy. Betsy is "Not. Even. Close." Elizabeth traipses around this wacky and retro robin's egg blue book with her pet duck, learning to earn respect she deserves! The supremely silly saga of one little girl with two Queens named after her!
I see a market for this book with girls named Elizabeth--a niche audience, perhaps. Otherwise, because my storytimes are mixed boys/girls, I'm not thinking that I would share this one as a readaloud. Illustrations are cute.
Edward Sullivan
Don't call her Liz, Lizzie, or Betsy but Wizabef is okay if you're younger brother.
Adrienne Furness
I particularly love the illustrations in this one, retro cool.
Super. Great ending! Love the retro art.
This spunky little girl's name is Elizabeth and that's what she wants to be called. Not Beth, Betsy, or Eliza. She wants her full name because she loves it so much. The illustrations were especially fun. I loved the orange and blue striations of color that animated the people and places throughout the pages. I was also quite fond of the little duck that followed Elizabeth around. I usually try to read the author bios in the back and I'm always amused by the way the author/illustrator tie in the ...more
Homewood Public Library
“My name is Elizabeth! Not Beth, Liz, Lizzie, or even Betsy!” Elizabeth loves her name, it is just perfect for her with its nine letters. She cannot understand why people want to change it though. In My name is Elizabeth, a young girl named Elizabeth deals with the daily frustration of people trying to shorten her name! I understand this frustration, because ever since the first day of kindergarten people have been trying to change my name. I wonder if Elizabeth’s mother sent her to school with ...more
William Dickerson
As someone who has always had a problem with people not calling me by the name I like, I can appreciate Elizabeth's quandary. This is a great book to address issues of names and nicknames.
Oct 09, 2014 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: names and strong females requests
Recommended to June by: Katie Fitzgerald
A simple story about a girl who loves her name and is frustrated by people who call her be nicknames.

I used to do a names story time, but most of those were longer stories...
Steven Matview
The artwork here is really cool! The story is short, but relatable (it used to irritate me like crazy when people dropped the "n" from my name, so I can relate to Elizabeth's plight here).
Dylan McHenry
Funny story! This will be great to help teach children about their own uniqueness and how their name makes them unique just like Elizabeth!
art is pretty, not sure my daughter liked it as much as I did
little girl doesn't like nicknames so she yells at everyone
As an Elizabeth in a long line of Elizabeths, I really appreciated this book even though I've never gone by the name Elizabeth. In fact, I was very excited to see my nickname used in the text. Since there are so many of us who use the Queen's name and variations thereof, I know that this will be a popular book with many. It would also be a good one to use at the beginning of a school year, just before calling roll for the first time since that inevitably causes some discomfort for kids who go by ...more
A must read for anyone named Elizabeth no matter what their age. There was a time when I felt the same way as the main character (I'm an Elizabeth, too) and wanted to be known by my full first name (there are so many nicknames for Elizabeth, and some of them are quite terrible). Eventually though, I grew to like the nickname my parents chose for me (Elizabeth was too big a name for such a small girl), and refer to myself by that nickname which is Libby (it's even the name on my name tag for work ...more
Susan B
A very cute story about the importance of names! (On that note, please call me Susan. It's not Sue, Susie, Susie-Q, Sue-poo, etc.)
This is a great picture book! I originally picked it up for the illustrations (love Matthew Forsythe), which are so retro and lovely, done all in orange, baby blue, black and white. Anyway, turns out the story is just as good. It looks at Elizabeth and the nicknames people call her and how she deals with it. Elizabeth is such a good name to use because it has so many variations and I think it could be a book to use with kids to open the subject of how one person can go by many names...and, also, ...more
Elizabeth wants everyone to know that her name ELIZABETH, not Lizzy, not Liz, and not Beth or Betsy. She silently endures all the names people give her until, finally, she finds her big voice (and becomes literally bigger on the page) and informs everyone that her name is, in fact, "Elizabeth Alfreda Roxanne Carmelita Bluebell Jones!!" But we can call her Elizabeth.

The illustrations have a retro feel and are done in shades of orange, black and light blue. Elizabeth is a spunky heroine with plent
Love the illustrations and the concept.
A young girl is getting ready for school and is celebrating the special things about her name. BUT everyone she meets calls her a different nickname for "Elizabeth." Finally when the school crossing guard calls her Betsy, she has had enough. She yells that her name is Elizabeth and everyone hears her. Orange, blue, black, and white prints compliment the text, but little character development hurts the story. Readers aren't made to care for Elizabeth, who only seems to care about herself (at leas ...more
I liked the story but the illustrations didn't thrill me...I am Kathryn Elizabeth and will always be Kathryn never Kathy, Katy, Kat or any other version!!
I was looking for more books that had to do with names. This is cute. I figured my friend and co-worker would like it, too. (She has read it before--and she does.) I thought this would be good to have on hand in case I need a filler.

9/25/13 I did need a filler. Sort of. 5 minutes left and I had such a good crowd, so I gave it a try. Really short and they got the ending. Not the best compared to the other books I had already read, but it worked and it was nice to have on hand.
Katie Fitzgerald
My Name is Elizabeth is the only picture book I know that discusses this very basic and universal problem of adults getting kids' names wrong. I can remember feeling so awkward in elementary school when I had to tell the teacher that I prefer to be called Katie. I still feel myself cringe when, even after being corrected, people call me Kathy.

Read my full review on my story time blog:
Rebecca Ann
This story is about a girl named Elizabeth who struggles with everyone she knows calling her whatever nickname they like. A lot of kids can probably relate to this. I know I, for one, hate to be called Becca, yet everyone feels free to shorten my name to that instead of the obviously superior Becky option (sorry Becca). This book would be great for a younger story-time. I also enjoyed the simple color palette of blue, orange, black and white.
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