Monday, March 21, 2016

Don't Call Me Alexander Book Review + Vacation Giveaway


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one of the famous names Isabella pretends to be
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Just how big can YOUR kid dream? In My Name Is Not Alexander, your son becomes the star of an entertaining exploration through history while learning about the great men that helped shape America. This adventure will become a fast favorite! Kickstart your son’s imagination and celebrate his opportunities ahead. Personalize the story with your child’s name and create a special dedication page with a photo and message from you.

My Name is Not Alexander by Jennifer Fosberry

Review by Lauren

Source: copy sent for review; all opinions are my own

Review: First off, I want to remind you to scroll down and enter the fantastic giveaway hosted by Put Me in the Story, titled the Bring History to Life Sweepstakes. These two books - My Name is Not Isabella and My Name is Not Alexander - certainly bring history to life for children! What I love about Put Me in the Story is that they offer you a chance to personalize the book. I chose My Name is Not Alexander and changed the name to my nephew's, which means his name appears on the cover as well as the title page, and of course, it's used a couple times in the book. You can also include a photo of the recipient that appears in the beginning of the book. It's a very nice touch!

As for the actual story, the dad in the book directs his son throughout the day - from getting up, to brushing his teeth, to visiting grandma - but as he does, his son repeatedly announces his name is not what he had previously deemed it to be. Instead, he goes from one famous name to the next, like Thomas Edison and Jackie Robinson. The boy states a bit about each person, and the dad answers back in kind. However, I really loved that the author included photos as well as a paragraph of information on each person named in the back of the book. This is especially good because the boy in the story only ever says the first name, such as "I am Thomas" and not Thomas Edison. This information in the back will allow parents, grandparents, teachers, etc. to really teach  kids about these iconic men in history. 

While the personal aspect of it simply makes it more enjoyable and memorable, I would suggest giving this book a try even in its original form! As for My Name is Not Isabella, the story follows a similar format (though I was not given this one to review) except all of the historical names are women. I included an example above with Marie Curie (this is not how the inside of the book looks - with the facts laid out as such! It's a nice way to share the premise of the book though). 

one of the famous names Alexander pretends to be
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Erika Sorocco said...

My Name Is Not Alexander sounds adorable!


Tracy Terry said...

Oh, how lovely. To see your name on the cover must surely guarantee this will appeal to even the most reluctant of readers.

Brandi Kosiner said...

looks cute, haven't heard of it before

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I love the sound of My Name Is Not Isabella :)

The Bibliophile Babe said...

These look super cute!

Medeia Sharif said...

Books have certainly evolved. I remember the choose your own adventure books from my own youth. It's interesting seeing all the changes and new things readers are exposed to.

Jennifer Humphries said...

What a great selection of books! They sound cute even without the personalization! Any kid would love these :)

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

Love books from this company. These look great!

A Canadian Girl said...

This is a great idea to make reading fun, especially for reluctant readers, and I love that kids to learn history in a fun way too.

Lola R said...

This does sound like a great company with the personalized books, it must be fun for kids to see their own name in the book and hopefully makes reading more fun for them to. The information about historical people sounds like a great touch as well to help the kids learn something while reading the book. Great review!