Sunday, March 6, 2011

My Name Is Not Alexander by Jennifer Fosberry Review & Giveaway

My Name Is Not Alexander My Name Is Not Alexander
by Jennifer Fosberry
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
ISBN: 978-1-4022-5433-8
Release Date: March 11

About the Book:

Jennifer Fosberry’s new book follows a young boy on an imaginary trip through history as he pretends to be some of the innovative men who influenced and shaped our world.

Just how big can a little kid dream?

Ask Alexander, as he takes a wild ride and discovers the sky’s the limit!

Through Alexander’s imaginative journey, he discovers how great men become heroes:

  • The roughest rider can be surprisingly gentle (Theodore Roosevelt)
  • A strong leader is also the most peaceful (Chief Joseph)
  • Being brave about what makes you different will not only help you break records, but inspire others (Jackie Robinson)
  • A curious mind can lead to new discoveries (Thomas Edison)
  • Being creative and trying new things can motivate others (Fred Astaire)
  • And sometimes our biggest hero is closest to home (Daddy)

My Review:

There is so much to love about My Name Is Not Alexander I don’t know where to start so I’ll jump right in.

The front cover will give you an idea of who you might be learning about in the story: a baseball player, an Indian, and more.

Alexander wakes up in the morning and is no longer Alexander in his mind. He starts off his morning as Theodore Roosevelt. There are things in the book I don’t want to give away. Things such as Alexander’s bear. Pay attention to him on each page.

I love how each location is partly Alexander’s true location and the other half, well, it’s part of his imagination.

You have to spend time on each page, because breezing through it you will miss amazing and fun details. Such as the Thomas Edison page. Look it over. You’ll be surprised at all the things you see.

And with each new character Alexander becomes, the page has a fun font that highlights the “Men Who Changed The World”. When he’s Alexander, one side of the page gives you a picture about what he and his dad will be doing next.

Speaking of Alexander’s dad, I love, love, love how he goes along with Alexander’s imaginative play. He’s so encouraging and just responds to each new character as they pop up.

At the end of the book are two pages highlighting each of the Men who were imagined by Alexander with a photo and a description of their lives. I love the last one the most.

To say I highly recommend My Name Is Not Alexander being in your family’s library is an understatement. I will be holding on to my book to share with my future grandkids since my boys are a bit old for it. I enjoyed everything about it!

About 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.

About the Illustrator:

Mike Litwin combines a variety of media to create scenes that serve the imagination and education of children. A graduate of the East Carolina University School of Art, he plays both designer and illustrator with an often wacky, always delightful style that uniquely blends playful innocence with devilish mischief. Illustrating and telling stories for children is his passion, his entertainment, and his dream. He currently lives in Greenville, North Carolina, with his wife and three daughters.

Required: Tell me what person in history you’d love to see Alexander pretend to be.

Giveaway open to US residents only 18 yrs or older. Please leave your email in the required entry or have it available in your profile. No email/contact = No entry. Giveaway ends 3/19/11 at 11:59 PST. Winner has 48 hours to respond.

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*I’d like to thank Sourcebooks for my review book. The opinions expressed are my own and never influenced by the company.

Jennifer Fosberry will also be touring through the following locations to promote the launch of the book in March:

Thursday, March 10th
2:00 PM
Towne Center Books
555 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566Phone: 925-846-8826
http://www.townecenterbooks.com/events.htm

Friday, March 11th
10:00 AM
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA 94925Phone: 415-927-0960
http://www.bookpassage.com/event/jennifer-fosberry-my-name-not-alexander

Saturday, March 12th
1:00 PM
Costco
43621 Pacific Commons Blvd
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: 510-897-1092

Sunday, March 13th
11:30 AM
Kepler’s1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: 650-324-4321
http://www.keplers.com/event/children-make-terrible-pets-storytime

Tuesday, March 15th
10:30 AM
Tattered Cover Book Store
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206Phone: 303-322-1965
http://www.tatteredcover.com/event/meet-author-storytime-jennifer-fosberry-my-name-not-isabella

Wednesday, March 16th
6:30 PM
Barnes & Noble, Pima & Shea location
Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center
10500 N. 90th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Phone: 480-391-0048
http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/3086490

Thursday, March 17th
Time – TBD
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr
Tempe, AZ 85283
Phone: 480-730-0205
http://www.changinghands.com/event/2011/03/14/month/all/all/1

Saturday, March 19th
11:00 AM
The King’s English Bookshop
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Phone: 801-484-9100
http://www.kingsenglish.com/event/jennifer-fosberry-and-my-name-not-alexander

Saturday, March 19th
1:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
1780 North Woodland Park Drive
Layton, UT 84041
Phone: 801-773-9973http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/3053383-32

Sunday, March 20th
3:30 PM
Books and Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone: 305-444-9044
http://booksandbooks.com/jennifer-fosberry

Wednesday, March 23rd
4:00 PM
The Book Mark
299 Atlantic Blvd
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Phone: 904-241-9026

Saturday, March 26th
10:00 AM
Doylestown Bookshop
16 S Main Street
Doylestown, PA
Phone: 215-230-7610
http://www.doylestownbookshop.com/event/fosberry/032511

46 comments:

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for Grandparents and Caregivers said...

What an intriguing sounding book - delightful to share with my grandchildren! We love reading historical biographies and historical fiction together. I'm working through Trailblazers with my older grandson and would love something like this that would be more appropriate for my younger grandkids. Thanks for this fun blog giveaway. My email is SandwichINK@SandwichINK.com :)

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I'd like to see him be Martin Luther King Jr.

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Abraham Lincoln

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Elvis

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Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for Grandparents and Caregivers said...

P.S. I just realized I forgot to add the character I'd like to see - I'd love to see him be Mozart. My granddaughter is studying him in school and that would be quite fascinating. Thanks again.

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Benjamin Franklin.

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How about Thomas Jefferson.

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Nickolay said...

Napoleon Bonaparte or Abraham Lincoln!

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Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I'd love to see him pretend to be P.T. Barnum!

littlelatina said...

looks great

LoSchu said...

I think a young Charles Lindbergh would be an interesting one to look at.
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Thomas Jefferson!

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Lesli said...

I want to see him pretend to be Benjamin Franklin

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Tylerpants said...

I'd like to see him be Albert Einstein. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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susansmoaks said...

i would like alexander to pretend to be bob marley
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Hannah said...

hmm I'd like to see him be abraham lincoln!
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Raven In A Blue Room said...

maybe he could pretend to be Benjamin Franklin

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