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Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that’s all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn’t mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he’s done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder.

But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name … a name that is sure to light up the sky.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Honor 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
  • “Author Sherman Alexie’s son, David, energetically portrays the dynamic Thunder Boy Jr….[His] playful reading adds emphasis to Yuyi Morales’s animated illustrations (included in a PDF). His rhythms emphasize the poetic writing. Sherman Alexie joins forces with his son at the audio’s end. His deep, sonorous voice reflects the powerful caring of a father who seeks happiness for his son. The two voices harmonize in a perfect climax, mirroring the shared love of two protagonists who together make ‘amazing weather’ that ‘lights up the sky.’ Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Thunder Boy’s energy is irresistible, as is this expansive portrait of a Native American family.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This has all of the qualities of a classic story…destined to be a modern classic, with youngsters wanting repeated readings. Highly recommended.”

    School Library Journal (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)

  • “Little ones…will be entranced by the brilliant illustrations and Thunder Boy’s rollicking determination to branch out on his own.”

    Booklist (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)

  • “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.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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