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My Name Is Not Alexander

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  224 ratings  ·  58 reviews
"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 is sleeping in my son's bed?" asked the father. "I am Theodore, one of the greatest, grandest presidents who ever was!" "Well Theodore, park yourself here and save your energy for today's game."

So begins the day for Alex
ebook, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Lisa Vegan
I read this book at the same time/immediately after I read My Name is Not Isabella.

One thing that bugs me about this one, in the Isabella book, the subtitle is “Just how big can a little girl dream?” So, are boys not allowed to dream?! Here the subtitle is “Just how big can a little kid dream?” This book is the boy counterpart to the Isabella girl book, so why the change of terminology?

So, the premise is fun. Alexander claims he’s not Alexander but a whole different set of people, a different pe
Things I like: The way the dad plays along (ALL DAY) with the boy's game, remembering who he was each time; the way the dad responds in kind to each persona ("Let me see that BRILLIANT smile LIGHT up the room," when the boy is brushing his teeth and being Edison). I like the notes in the back, the long paragraph with biographical details, and the short definition of "President," "Dancer," "Inventor," etc. I liked the things the two did together (have breakfast, go to a ball game, visit Grandma, ...more
Cheryl Rainfield
In My Name Is Not Alexander, a young boy goes throughout his day, refusing to be called by his own name, Alexander, but rather choosing, each time, a new (historical) hero to be called after. Each time his father calls him the name he last used, he chooses a new name–that of a specific hero. The story has a playful feel to it, and a good rhythm, with the reader quickly expecting that the boy will try on a new hero and name. In the first few pages the text felt a bit stilted, but it quickly becam ...more
Lindsay Weideman
Synopsis: This is such a great book!! I chose this book for my text set because is a wonderful, fun story about pursuing dreams. The little boy named Alexander in the story wakes up one day and pretends to be many different people who are great heroes. There are so many things that you can do with this story and I love that it can also be used as a history lesson because of the references to famous Americans. There is also a very similar book (which I bought as well!) by the same author that can ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I liked this but think I liked My Name is Not Isabellajust a little better.
A really fun book to read to a young child with some excellent history lessons subtely thrown in for good measure!
Jessica Wenninger
This book was completely different from what I thought it would be about because I thought it would be about a confused boy. The story is about a boy named Alexander who had a huge imagination and was really smart because he knew characteristics of each famous person he pretended to become. I really enjoyed reading about this boy who took on six different roles throughout the day. I am so happy the father was understanding about his son's imagination because many parents would become annoyed. I ...more
Cindy Hudson
As a follow up to her delightful picture book, My Name Is Not Isabella, where a little girl dreamed about being like famous women in history, author Jennifer Fosberry has turned her attention to famous men and a little boy who dreams of being like them.

In My Name Is Not Alexander, a dad wakes his young son, saying, “Good morning, Alexander. It’s time for breakfast, and then let’s play ball.”

Alexander says, “My name is not Alexander!”

”Then who has been sleeping in my son’s bed?” asked the father.
I loved this book! It showed a normal boy going about his normal day. But it threw in little pieces of real life hero's and their journeys that made them famous. I really liked that because then our children are looking up to great men and women in history that made themselves great. Instead of looking up to pop stars and actors. Who mainly fake who they are for our entertainment. So I thought this book was cute well thought out and a GREAT theme.
Joe Padon
Fosberry, J. (2011). My Name Is Not Alexander.

Alexander has a huge imagination. Through the day with his dad, he changes from person to person.

Booklist 05/15/11
School Library Journal 06/01/11

This book works well on multiple levels. I would introduce this to a class that was studying famous people. Alexander pretends to be that of many famous and influential people throughout the day and at the end of the book it describes each person and their contributions.
I love this book and the way it tells about a few different famous people. You could use it to talk about those people. I also love how he says he is dad. That is a precious message of the way kids feel about their dads, the are true heros. My favorite part is that at the end of the day he wants to be himself and he sees that talents and qualities that he has. At the end of the day we want our children to see how wonderful they are.
As time goes by, Alexander imagines himself as various famous men, including Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Chief Joseph, Fred Astaire, Jackie Robinson, and even his own father. Each time his father calls him by the name he's requested, he changes who he is. The story pays tribute to men who dreamed big dreams and add different definitions to heroism. The illustrations will make readers smile because of their detail; for instance, Roosevelt is shown riding with--you guessed it--a teddy bear. Th ...more
Mar 01, 2011 Margaret rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Sourcebooks
In September last year I introduced you to an awesome book of inspiration (New York Times Bestseller) My Name is Not Isabella, and now there is one of the male influence with Alexander! I absolutely love the Isabella book and I really do like this Alexander book. Same artist but geared toward a different audience I have to admit I prefer the Isabella book, but then I am a girl and mother of a girl. Yet in the same manner through out the day the inspiration that this little boy thrives on is amaz ...more
I thought this was such a creative and clever book. It doesn't go into much depth about the influential and famous people that are included in the book, but it uses words in a very creative way that could lead to some interesting discussion about the famous people if you used the book in a classroom. It could also be used as a supporting teaching resource for language arts. Very clever and cute.
I thought this book was very well done. The art was adorable and it was well written and had a clever story. I love the people that the author had the little boy portray, I could never guess who he was going to be next, it was so fun and it had me laughing. I want to ready the other book like this (I think its call my name is not Isabella) I hope it is as cute.
This was a really cute book showcasing a bunch of different historical famous figures. I really enjoyed the fact that the father went along with his son changing his name all day and stuck with it until Alexander decided he was someone else. This was a cute way to introduce young readers to historical figures. I thought the artwork was also really fun and well done.
Meh, as with My Name is Not Isabella, I love the concept of teaching kids about important historical figures through a child's day of make-believe. I just feel like the execution in these books lacks...something. The illustrations are ever so slightly creepy with the Coraline-esque button-eyed teddy bears, and the historical figures aren't always those I would consider "important" (I'm a fairly educated gal, so if I have to stop reading and flip to the back of the book to see who the person is, ...more
Stephanie Baker
Again just like the Isabella book this is a great imagination book. I love that their is one for each gender. This book however would be great to show to the whole class because it introduces students to great figures in history. This book like the other one has great pictures and just opens students minds and gets them engaged.
Abbie Riddle
Wow! I loved this book as much as my children! My youngest son was fascinated by the pictures and the story of a little boy named Alexander. From waking in the morning till going to bed this little boy is constantly pretending to be someone else. After the second reading of this my little boy was reading it back. I really appreciated how the author included an biography page in the back describing each person that young Alexander was pretending to be. My son was asking who is Cheif Joseph, and T ...more
This book had some really cute pictures in it. I think that this is a great book to make children want to learn more about historical people who changed the world. I like how in the back of the book it has a quick little bio of the people mentioned in the book.
Samantha Meredith
This book was absolutely adorable. It is amazing the way that a child's imagination can work. It is so cute that such a small child wants to be such an influential person in history. It brought me back to my childhood. So cute!
Crysta Xue
I was not expecting the boy to say he is daddy. I almost cried at how sweet it was.
My 8 yr old son and I both loved, loved, loved this book! It is the perfect intertwining of educational and entertaining literature for young children. The bright and bold illustrations are captivating and are an excellent match with the text. It is a great way to show children, not just boys, that they can aspire to anything they want with creativity and nurturing. The author introduces historical characters in an imaginative way and leaves with excellent descriptions of those people. I also li ...more
Lenore Webb
Now it is time for our bedtime story. We are going to explore 'My name is not Alexander' tonight. We had read one before about Isabella before, where she tried on the roles of different famous ladies. Well Alexander is doing the same thing. He pretends to be Thomas Edison, Fred Astair and other great men. I know how much fun it is to pretend and so do the kiddos. I know that Jennifer Fosberry is happy working with Mike Litwin. Their first book, My Name is not Isabella has become a New York Times ...more
This book is delightful. The illustrations are very detailed, yet they sort of look as if they have been drawn with crayons. The story is educational, but also fun as it will encourage kids to use their imagination, whether about real people or not. There is a section in the back describing the feats of all the people Alexander pretends to be, including Daddy. This is done very well, straightforward and not "dumbed down". This book also ends with Alexander just being Alexander. I think this is g ...more
In this book the little boy "Alexander" decides that he isn't "Alexander". Instead throughout the day he is Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Chief Joseph, Fred Astaire, Jackie Robinson, and "Daddy". It is fun to see the boy change his mind about who he is and why he "is" that particular person. Even though many little kids wouldn't know who these heroes are without some sort of background, I love the fact that it celebrates the heroes and the imagination. Lots of fun for kids who have dreams a ...more
Fun look at identifying with outstanding men of the past.
Christine Turner
This will be appreciated most by children who have background knowledge of the historical characters which are introduced. It would also be a great book for elementary school teachers who would like to introduce these individuals.


Boys -- Juvenile fiction.

Men -- Juvenile fiction.

Women -- Juvenile fiction

Imagination -- Juvenile fiction

Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Juvenile fiction.

Scott Roark
Excellent book which uses a boy's imagination to travel through time and describe various historical figures. The father plays along and calls the boy by the new name. Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Chief Joseph, Fred Astaire, Jackie Robinson, and finally the boy's father. Very well written and opens a classroom to many possibilities.

Ask your students who they would pick and what they would write about for their historical figures.
Aug 28, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2011, childrens
This is a fun tale of a young boy who shares the men who inspire him with his dad, by pretending to be each one in turn throughout the day. I have been looking for the girl's version of this story, My Name is Not Isabella at our local library, but it is not available yet. I will just have to keep my eyes open for it...

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Jennifer Fosberry is a science geek turned children's book author. 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 get out of doing the housework. She lives with her husband and three children and her little dog, too.
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