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Thunder Boy Jr.

by Sherman Alexie
Illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Published by Little, Brown, 2016
40 pages
ISBN: 978𢠥16013727

Ages 3-7

Thunder Boy Smith Jr. hates his name. Because his father is also Thunder Boy Smith, Thunder Boy Jr. is nicknamed Little Thunder, which sounds to him 搇ike a burp or a fart. He wants his own name, one based on his talents, like learning to ride a bike when he was three (Gravity抯 Best Friend); or his interests, such as garage sales (Old Toys Are Awesome), or powwow dancing (Drums, Drums, and More Drums!); or his future dreams of traveling the world (Full of Wonder). 揑 love my dad but I want to be mostly myself. It turns out his dad understands, announcing one day that it抯 time for Thunder Boy Jr. to get a new name: Lightning! 揗y dad and I will light up the sky. A story the author has stated is based on his own Spokane heritage is full of warmth and good-hearted humor. Lively, playful illustrations represent both Thunder Boy and the world of his imagination. Dialogue bubbles are used throughout, while Thunder Boy抯 little sister, Lillian, mentioned once in the text, has a key role in the visual narrative. Honor Book, 2017 Charlotte Zolotow Award 2017 Cooperative Children抯 Book Center

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