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)
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 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.
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Jennifer Fosberry will also be touring through the following locations to promote the launch of the book in March:
Thursday, March 10th
Towne Center Books
555 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566Phone: 925-846-8826
Friday, March 11th
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA 94925Phone: 415-927-0960
Saturday, March 12th
43621 Pacific Commons Blvd
Fremont, CA 94538
Sunday, March 13th
Kepler’s1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tuesday, March 15th
Tattered Cover Book Store
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206Phone: 303-322-1965
Wednesday, March 16th
Barnes & Noble, Pima & Shea location
Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center
10500 N. 90th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Thursday, March 17th
Time – TBD
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr
Tempe, AZ 85283
Saturday, March 19th
The King’s English Bookshop
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Saturday, March 19th
Barnes & Noble
1780 North Woodland Park Drive
Layton, UT 84041
Sunday, March 20th
Books and Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Wednesday, March 23rd
The Book Mark
299 Atlantic Blvd
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Saturday, March 26th
16 S Main Street