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Rachel Vail
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A is for Elizabeth

(Elizabeth Case #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Elizabeth is in second grade. Class 2B! It's great! Friends, recess, homework!
Even a big project: Make a poster of your name.


Hang on.

The name Elizabeth has a bajillion letters in it!

The name Anna has only four letters. Plus, Anna's first letter is A, which is also the first letter of Alphabetical Order. But Anna can't always be first! That's not fair!

In A is for Eli
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Feiwel & Friends
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Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I adored this book so much! Such a sweet and hilarious early chapter book. I’m thrilled there will be a series dedicated to the delightful Elizabeth Case!
Katie Fitzgerald
Second grader Elizabeth is the younger sister of Justin from Rachel Vail's Justin Case books: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters (2010), Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom (2012), and Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully (2014). This book, written at the higher end of the beginning chapter book spectrum doesn't deal with anxiety like the original series, but instead focuses on fairness. When Elizabeth is assigned a class project to design a poster bearing her name, she becomes ...more
Students with long or exotic names will certainly relate to this book, the start of a new series featuring Elizabeth Case, the younger sister of Justin, featured in the Justin Case series. Second grader Elizabeth enjoys going to school, but she has trouble dealing with Anna, a classmate who gets under her skin for many reasons. When their teacher, Ms. Patel asks her students to create posters of their names to be displayed in alphabetical order later, Elizabeth is determined to outshine Anna. Of ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“A Is for Elizabeth,” by Rachel Vail and illustrated by Paige Keiser (@paige.keiser) is a delightful book about fairness! Elizabeth is tired of her teacher using alphabetical order to determine who is first. When assigned to make a name poster, Elizabeth decides that her name starts with two As followed by a series of exclamation points. She must present her poster but isn’t sure what to say. In the spur of the moment she declares that her poster is a protest sign. This is a great book about fri ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved Elizabeth and I loved this book. Elizabeth is in the second grade and her class has an assignment to make a name poster. Elizabeth think it's unfair because some names are longer than others and her name has a "bajillion" letter in it. Anna's only has four. Not only that, Anna's name starts with "A" so she's always first. Elizabeth want to be first for once. Is there another way to line up in class other than alphabetical order? I thought this early chapter book was a really fun read wit ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth is super excited for her big homework assignment. She has to create a poster with her name on it. Until she realizes her name has over a million letters and she will be doing more work than her classmates. To make matters worse, Anna's name begins with an A. That means she always gets to go first for everything. While Elizabeth works on her school project, she learns a few new life lessons along the way.

I was surprised I found this book very funny and entertaining. I like how the autho
This story had lots of potential. Elizabeth is a realistic second-grader in her view of school, her stream-of-consciousness thinking and how she takes things literally. Her enthusiasm for having her first homework was sweet. That her dad went running out the night before a project to buy her supplies? Not so much. ...more
Obviously I am biased towards this book, and I appreciated Elizabeth's tips for spelling my name better. Of course it needs more !!!! explanation points, and some AA's at the beginning to push us up in alphabetical order.

It's aimed at a easier 2nd grade level, with short chapters and a lot of pictures, and a cosy tone.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For what this is, it's perfect. It is the perfect early chapter book to give to a kid who's ready for that next little step up. It's funny, it's got character (and wonderful characters), and it's got a plot everyone can get behind. Elizabeth feels like a real kid, wrapped up in her own mind, with strengths and weaknesses and kids will relate.

Utterly charming.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Approved by my almost seven-year-old. The chapters are very short, so it was kinda fun to read 25 of them before bedtime! I like that it was such a simple story, but Vail managed to make a relatively small thing in second grade feel meaningful. Because in second grade, the relatively small things are totally meaningful.
It's difficult for Elizabeth, the younger sister of Justin from the Justin Case series. This is a breezy story about trying extra hard to succeed, as the younger sister to Justin, who shockingly appears very self confident when dealing with his little sister and her obstacles. This will be perfect for little sisters who know just how Elizabeth feels, when her friends prove a challenge. ...more
Rachel Infinger
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a FUN read for kids and parents. Elizabeth has such strong voice and wit, it's entertaining to see her character development. Chapters are various lengths, illustrations are funny, it's a book that left my kids asking if there were more books by this author. Always a good sign! :) ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rachel Vail gets inside kids' heads and writes what is going on in there just perfectly! I loved this fun book with its super short chapters, funny story and absolutely authentic voice. I have a grandson that could be best friends with Elizabeth because they think exactly alike ;-) ...more
A humorous story from 2nd grader Elizabeth's point of view. The class needs to make name posters to alphabetize, but Elizabeth wants to be first in the order. Her funny voice reads just like an actual second grader. Fans of Junie B. Jones will line up for this one. ...more
Rick Stuckwisch
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the beginning of a companion series to the Justin Case series, which we loved so much last year, aimed at slightly younger listeners. Sweetly told, entertaining in a Ramona sort of way, but also thoughtful and sometimes thought-provoking. Enjoyable and worthwhile.
Miss Sarah
An early chapter book series about a second grader who is upset because her name doesn't start with an A so she sets out to change the spelling of her name and thus how everything in her class is done alphabetically. Loved the protest and the class spirit in the end. ...more
Maggie Mattmiller
Would be a great read aloud for a young classroom (first grade perhaps?) I think kids would relate to Elizabeth.
Melissa Mcavoy
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of fun. Like a slightly less fantastic Dory Fantasmagory. Set in second grade and centered around an alphabetized display of name
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-chapter, seba
Very cute 2nd grade chapter book. I got a little confused from speed reading, but find the quirky character to be charming.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
The first in the currently 4-volume series is a cute intro to the imaginative, outspoken, and creative Elizabeth, a 2nd grader who loves school.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not gonna lie, Elizabeth was a complete twerp for like 60% of the book. But it ended really really well.
Lorie Barber
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great start to a new series for younger readers. Elizabeth is the younger sister of Justin Case, and her spunky personality is sure to keep new readers reading!
Kathy Iwanicki
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adorable! Fun! This book will have its reader smiling from beginning to end.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Funny and entertaining, appealing characters, short chapters. Delightful!
Shauna Yusko
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I was born on July 25, 1966, in NEW YORK CITY, and grew up in New Rochelle, NY, with my mother, my father, and my younger brother Jon. (And down the street from my future husband, though of course I didn't know that until much later.)

Some details, I do know-I was very into reading and theater, so I read every book I could get my hands on (especially realistic fiction, either contempo

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