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My Name Is Elizabeth!

by Annika Dunklee, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

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list price: $9.99
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
published: May 2012
ISBN:9781554539543
publisher: Kids Can Press
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Meet Elizabeth. She's got an excellent pet duck, a loving granddad and a first name that's just awesome. After all, she's got a queen named after her! So she's really not amused when people insist on using nicknames like "Lizzy" and "Beth." She bears her frustration in silence until an otherwise ordinary autumn day, when she discovers her power to change things once and for all. In the process, Elizabeth learns about communication and respect -- and their roles in building better relationships with family and friends. The two-toned illustrations reflect the story's energy and sass, and the comic-book-like format makes it easy to follow. The cheeky, retro drawings also keep it real -- depicting the sometimes-feisty Elizabeth as a resolutely normal kid -- whether she's flossing her teeth or feeding her pet duck.

About the Authors
Annika Dunklee was born in Sweden and now lives in Toronto. She bases her stories on her childhood memories. The New York Times called her picture book, My Name Is Elizabeth “close to perfect.” She is also the author of Eee-Moo.
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Matthew Forsythe is an award-winning comic book artist and illustrator. His first children’s book, My Name Is Elizabeth! by Annika Dunklee, was a named a 2011 New York Times Notable Children’s Book. His first comic, Ojingogo, was nominated for an Eisner Award and won a Doug Wight Award for Best Experimental Comic. His illustrations have appeared in many publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Formerly the lead designer on the animated series Adventure Time on the Cartoon Network, he now lives in Canada and is working on his next book. Visit him at ComingUpforAir.net.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Reading age:
3 to 7
Awards
  • Commended, Marion Vannett Ridgway Award
  • Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, Canadian Library Association
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Winner, Best Books of the Year, Quill & Quire
  • Winner, New York Times Notable Children’s Books 2011, The New York Times

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My Name is Elizabeth!

Elizabeth loves her name. She loves that it’s nine letters long. She loves the neat things her mouth does when she says it. She loves that there is a queen named after her. But, most of all, she loves that it’s her name to use however she chooses. And she does NOT choose to be called Lizzy, Liz, Beth or Betsy.

In 130 simple words, My Name Is Elizabeth! shows Elizabeth standing up and telling the world politely, but straightforwardly, exactly what her name means to her and what we may call her. As she’s explaining, she is independently dressing for school, flossing, leashing up her pet duck and growing increasingly frustrated as well-meaning people greet her with various nicknames. Elizabeth eventually plants herself atop a hill and announces “My NAME is ELIZABETH Alfreda Roxanne Carmelita Bluebell Jones!! But you may call me Elizabeth.” She speaks and is heard. Her wishes are respected so that, by the time she returns home, Elizabeth is happy to make an exception for the little brother who approaches her, questioning “Wizabef?”

Forsythe’s illustrations are wonderfully distilled down to integral elements and pair beautifully with Dunklee’s text. They convey action, message and a full range of emotion in deceptively simple two-toned drawings. The entire book takes a perfect approach to issues of negotiating one’s own identity and self-esteem. It is highly recommended as an addition to any library or classroom bookshelf — as long as an extra copy is also kept at home.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2012. Volume 35 No. 1.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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My Name Is Elizabeth!

Elizabeth really likes her name. She likes that it’s nine letters long and that a queen was named after her! She does not like it when people call her by nicknames. In this story you’ll discover how this larger-than-life little girl puts her foot down and insists on being called by her proper name — by most people anyway.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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