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My Name is Elizabeth!

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  630 ratings  ·  117 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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Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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"
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Claire Holloway
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely book about a little girl called Elizabeth, who loves her name, but nobody calls her by it. This is a great book to use with children in Foundation or year one to show that everyone is different and people have different preferences that people should take into account and understand. At the end of the book, people listen to Elizabeth when she tells that that her name is Elizabeth and this is how she wants to be addressed. This book may help other children to understand what peop ...more
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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 Forrester
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.”

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Green Bean
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
Nov 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 by nicknames.

I used to do a names story time, but most of those were longer stories...
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Super. Great ending! Love the retro art.
Edward Sullivan
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Don't call her Liz, Lizzie, or Betsy but Wizabef is okay if you're younger brother.
Adrienne Pettinelli
I particularly love the illustrations in this one, retro cool.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a story of a little girl who is very much proud of her own name (thank you very much) and couldn’t care less for that nickname nonsense (no, no, no). Her name is Elizabeth and that is the one to be used. With much spirit and spunk, Dunklee gives her main character a fabulous personality.

The illustrations by Matthew Forsythe are extremely amusing, being the perfect complement to Elizabeth’s persona with all those amazing (YES, amazing!) facial expressions and the hilarious pet duck wearin
Zoraida Rivera Morales
This is a funny book that says plenty with a few words like kids do! Elizabeth is a powerful character that insists in getting her point across. Kids will identify with her,even if their name isn't Elizabeth.
Tonya Shaw
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Such a fun book with interesting blue and orange illustrations! I love that it celebrates names and introduces the idea that names can have nicknames. I read this to a spirited group of 1st graders and they loved talking about their names!
Rachel Trisch
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is in the genre of children's lit/humor. One unique feature of this book is the beautiful, minimalist illustrations! I think this book could be used in a K-2nd grade classroom.
Chels Patterson
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Very short
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Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
LOVE THIS!! It's really sweet and definitely realistic if you have a thing about people giving you nicknames you don't like! Love the illustrations too.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: preschool-lit
Cute story about a girl with a longer name who doesn't care for nicknames. The ending with her little brother trying to say her name is adorable. I wish she had chosen another method of telling people what she'd prefer to be called rather than just nastily screaming it at everyone though.
Katie Fitzgerald
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have one of those names that lends itself to several possible nicknames. I've always been called Katie, but my real first name is Kathleen, which means I've been mistakenly called Kathy, Kat, Kate, and Katherine all my life. I have gotten better as an adult about correcting people and explaining my preferred nickname, but I wish I had the gumption and confidence of Elizabeth, the main character in this 2011 picture book. Elizabeth loves her nine-letter name, and doesn't want it shortened to Li ...more
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
“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
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-books
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
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, names
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
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
Skye Kilaen
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth is no one's Lizzy, Liz, Beth, or Betsy - and she's not shy about letting you know! But there is one special someone who can get away with calling her something else. I love Elizabeth's mix of regal pronouncements and friendliness, and the reactions of all the townspeople to her declarations. There are lots of fun little details going on in the rooms of her house too. One of our favorite books about strong, interesting girls.
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