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Saturday 21 April 2012

Review: My Name is Elizabeth!

Elizabeth likes her name. She likes that it's nine letters long. She also likes that a queen is named after her. Of course.

But what she doesn't like - is when people shorten her name.

Hey Liz!


What's up, Beth?

Good morning, Betsy.

Ugh. My name is ELIZA-beth! ELIZABETH Alfreda Roxanne Carmelita Bluebell Jones!

As our self-assured little poppet walks the pages of this divine book, she makes it awfully clear that calling her anything other than Elizabeth is just not on. She is proud of her royal moniker and there's nothing more to be said about it.

And very soon, everyone respects Elizabeth's wishes.

Not only does this book make it clear to children how vital it is to stand up for what they believe in, it reminds adults, too, that there's nothing to be feared in honouring our personal beliefs.

The book's illustrations take this quirky and charming tale to even greater heights with its stunning bi-colour illustrations, making for an absolutely dreamy visual treat. A giggle-worthy ending make this one of my favourite picture books of the last twelve months. Adorable.

Title: My Name is Elizabeth!
Author: Annika Dunklee
Illustrator: Matthew Forsyth
Publisher: Kids Can Press, $20.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 September 2011
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781554535606
For ages: 2 - 8
Type: Picture Book