Sam and I were sent the book My Name Is Not Alexander. And you know, I wasn't really expecting too much because I hadn't read the first book, which was apparently a best seller, and didn't really know what it was all about. I actually enjoy not having expectations, like when we go to a movie, sometimes I think it's fun not to see the previews first. But after reading this book, I get what the big deal is; Sam totally loves it. And I really liked it too. It's a great book; fun illustrations, exciting language (I do exciting voices; it's hard not to), great message. I liked that it introduced interesting historical figures in a completely fun and exciting way and Sam and I were able to have conversations about all sorts of things from what a president is to what it means to invent something and how lightbulbs work. We've read it quite a few times, so there have been ample opportunities for such discussions:)
The idea of the book is that there's this little boy that pretends to be great men throughout history. It's quite charming and fun and has a sweet ending. I'm thrilled to add it to our shelves and it's settled comfortably into this week's Most Requested Bedtime Stories list.
Here's a fun video about the making of the book: