Elizabeth Alfreda Roxanne Carmelita Bluebell Jones loves her first name. She loves that it’s nine letters long and she loves the shapes her mouth makes when she says it. But she doesn’t love when people get her name wrong. Her name is not Liz or Betsy or Beth, and she wants to make sure everyone gets it right.
My Name is Elizabeth! by Annika Dunklee and Matthew Forsythe is a charming story about a precocious pre-schooler. While it’s fairly brief, clocking in at just around 150 words, this would make a fun read-aloud for pre-school age children just learning about their own names and the names of their friends. Forsythe’s bold illustrations are presented solely in black, white, orange, and baby blue giving the book a timeless, vintage feel reminiscent of artists like Ed Emberley. Though it physically looks like a picture book — with a large, square shape and glossy dustjacket — this could be considered a hybrid of a picture book and a comic book. All of the text is presented in speech bubbles, making this delightful book somewhat comic-esque. With beautiful artwork and a fun, child-friendly story, this book would be a welcome addition to any collection.
My Name is Elizabeth!
by Annika Dunklee
Art by Matthew Forsythe
Kids Can Press, 2011