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Thunder Boy Jr. (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) Hardcover – Picture Book, May 10, 2016

4.7 out of 5 stars 179 ratings

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K-Gr 4—An enchanting and humorous picture book about a little boy frustrated with his name. Readers are drawn into the story narrated by Little Thunder, who is named after his father, Big Thunder. He works through his angst at the indignity of the name, presenting his case like a seasoned lawyer as he goes in search of a better, cooler moniker like Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth or Touch the Clouds. The dialogue is humorous yet profound in the simple truths it imparts. His dad eventually helps him find the perfect name. Morales uses vibrant colors and textures to bring this joyful American Indian father and son to life. Collage elements and mixed media lend the artwork an almost three-dimensional effect. This has all of the qualities of a classic story like Goodnight Moon and is destined to be a modern classic, with youngsters wanting repeated readings. VERDICT Highly recommended for all picture book collections.—Naomi Caldwell, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL

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A New York Times Notable Children's Book of the Year
A NYPL Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Honor Book of the Year
Time Top 10 Children's Book of the Year
A Washington Post Best Children's Book of the Year
An Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year



"Together [Sherman and Morales] deliver a story that feels both modern and timeless, a joyous portrait of one boy's struggle to (literally) make a name for himself in the world."―The New York Times Book Review

* "An enchanting and humorous picture book....This has all of the qualities of a classic story like Goodnight Moon and is destined to be a modern classic, with youngsters wanting repeated readings."―School Library Journal, starred review

* "Even if little one don't pick up on the cultural significance, they'll be entranced by the brilliant illustrations and Thunder Boy's rollicking determination to branch out on his own."―Booklist, starred review

* "Echoes of Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian resonate in this vibrant first-person tale....Thunder Boy's energy is irresistible, as is this expansive portrait of a Native American family."―Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Despite the dad-pleasing message, the book is too funny and real to veer into parental self-congratulation, and Morales's illustrations give great life and specificity to Thunder Boy's Lightning's family."―Horn Book, starred review

* "An expertly crafted, soulful, and humorous work that tenderly explores identity, culture, and the bond between father and son."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Alexie demonstrates his familiar gift for storytelling, using seemingly uncomplicated language to tell a layered and emotional story that retains tension despite being full of love. Even with this boy's complaint, this is a joyous portrait of a family."―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

Product details

  • Lexile Measure : AD420L
  • Grade Level : Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
  • Hardcover : 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0316013722
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0316013727
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Illustrated Edition (May 10, 2016)
  • Product Dimensions : 10.13 x 0.5 x 10.25 inches
  • Reading level : 4 - 8 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 179 ratings