Book Review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
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Written and Illustrated by Amy Nielander
Ages 4+ | 32 Pages
Publisher: West Margin Press | ISBN-13: 9781513134871
What to Expect: Friendship, problem-solving, names, identity
Edimorwhitimormiligimmus Tug loves his name. After all, he’s named after his Grandpa Edimor, who invents terrific toys; his Great Uncle Whitimor, who plays lovely music with him; and his Aunt Mili, who lets him help on her butterfly farm; and his Grandma Gimmus, who cooks the most delicious family recipes. However, not everyone thinks his name is so great—his classmates have trouble spelling it, and his teacher finds it too hard to remember. But when she suggests he go by the name “Ed” instead, Edimorwhitimormiligimmus has a better plan. Instead of changing his name, he will change how his classmates feel about it!
Being the one kid in class with a name everyone finds difficult can be challenging and embarrassing. However, My Name Is Not Ed Tug is a reminder to both those children and the ones who find difficult names challenging to pronounce that names are not about convenience but identity, love, and history. Through playful, accessible language and colorful, expressive illustrations, this picture book encourages readers to expand their horizons to include and celebrate the wonderful variety of identities around them.
My Name Is Not Ed Tug is an enjoyable, gently humorous way to introduce young readers to ideas about identity and diversity.
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About the Author-Illustrator
Amy Nielander is a designer and award-winning children’s book author and illustrator who loves to create playful stories for kids. Growing up, she had her name frequently misspelled by others. My Name Is Not Ed Tug is inspired by this experience and by her time volunteering in her children’s classrooms. Amy lives near Detroit, Michigan.
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