Like Isabella, Alexander enjoys pretending to be different famous people as he goes about his day, lovingly tolerated by his father. The playful exchanges between father and son about which character Alexander is pretending to be on each page make up the text of the book.
"I am Thomas, the greatest, brightest inventor who ever was! Well, Thomas, let me see that BRILLIANT smile LIGHT up the room."The last few pages of the book contain more detailed information about each of the famous men in the book -- Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Chief Joseph, Fred Astaire, Jackie Robinson, and "Daddy." One thing that I really like about these two books (Isobella and Alexander) is that the writing level appeals to young children, but the information at the back of the book educates them at a fairly high level. Often I have to choose between simple picture books that appeal to the Bibliophile or trying to "dumb down" nonfiction books that are way over his head if I want him to learn anything. A book that is fun AND educational is of course a win-win.
My Name is Not Alexander, the dedication reads "This book belongs to _______________ the sweetest, kindest, smartest, bravest, fastest, toughest, greatest kid that ever was.
The Bibliophile loved the book. At one point later in the day, I caught him thumbing through it again, and when I said something, he said "hold on. I'm busy right now." I nearly cried (with joy). The Bibliophile doesn't do independent play. This was high praise, indeed.
Extension Activity ideas
The next day, we also took turns writing a name down on a piece of paper and pretending to be that person while others guessed who it was. I was a little worried about what he'd say while pretending to be mama. He said, "you need to eat more!"
I just realized that the author, Jennifer Fosberry, will be traveling to our favorite local bookstore this month! I will try to take the Bibliophile, so he can tell her in person how much he enjoys her books. If you'd like to see if she will be in your area, feel free to leave a comment. I have a tour schedule which includes stops in California, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Florida, and Pennsylvania. (I'll update this post with a link if I find one that has a full schedule).
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