Thunder Boy Jr

Thunder Boy Jr

Picture Book - 2016 | 1st ed
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Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316013727
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Morales, Yuyi
Alternative Title: Thunder Boy Junior


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Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal that's all his own. Dad is known as big Thunder, but little thunder doesn't want to share a name.

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JCLAnneG Mar 10, 2021

This is a fun picture book. The tone is amusing while bringing up important points in a child's life. This is a great family book by Sherman Alexie.

Dec 05, 2018

Very fun book. I really appreciate that it is authentic.

Dec 15, 2017

Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales are a match made in heaven! Love this story and the illustrations!

Dec 08, 2017

Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales - what a wonderful and obvious pairing of great storytelling and vibrant artwork! This story is steeped in culture and personal identify. Great for any age but find a K-3 kiddo or class to read to for ultimate fun.

Oct 07, 2017

Good book but nothing like the reviews built it up to be. Good read.

ArapahoeStaff19 Jul 23, 2017

Definitely cute and clever, with a lighthearted narrative on identity. Admittedly I was expecting to be blown away by Alexi who typically produces nothing less than fantastic. What I got was a good solid happy addition to the world of picture books.

mvkramer Jan 07, 2017

A little boy wants a name of his own. A great story about family, and a good multicultural title.

Nov 17, 2016

I love how this is full of important themes (identity, family, etc.) but is also super fun and dynamic. The relationship between the boy and his father is so sweet :)

Aug 11, 2016

A humourous and touching children's book about identity and family. But I would encourage everyone (and particularly librarians and educators) to visit American Indians in Children's Literature, and read Debbie Reese's thoughts on the potential for misuse of this book in story time activities through the appropriation of naming traditions. My full review, including links to all her articles:

Aug 01, 2016

Endearing book addressing identity and father/son relationships. Children will relate. Must read for any parent. Native American as main character? Double yay!

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Aug 11, 2016

Thunder Boy Smith Jr. loves his dad, Thunder Boy Smith Sr., aka Big Thunder. But he doesn’t like sharing a name with his dad, and he really doesn’t like the nickname that comes with it, Little Thunder. “That nickname makes me sound like a burp or fart,” he complains. So Thunder Boy Jr. starts brainstorming ideas for his new name, and tries to figure out how to talk to his dad about his feelings.


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Aug 11, 2016

Don’t get me wrong. My dad is awesome. But I don’t want to have the same name as him. I WANT MY OWN NAME.

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