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Thunder Boy Jr by Sherman Alexie
  

Synopsis

Thunder Boy Jr by Sherman Alexie

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.National Book Award-winner Sherman Alexie's lyrical text and Caldecott Honor-winner Yuyi Morales's striking and beautiful illustrations celebrate the special relationship between father and son.

Reviews

* 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.

* 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.

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Honor Book of the Year * 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 * An expertly crafted, soulful, and humorous work that tenderly explores identity, culture, and the bond between father and son. --Kirkus Reviews, 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 * 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 * 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 * 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 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 A New York Times Notable Children's Book of the YearA NYPL Best Book of the YearA Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearA Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Honor Book of the YearTime Top 10 Children's Book of the YearA Washington Post Best Children's Book of the YearAn Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year A Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Honor Book of the Year

About the Author

Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie combines his successful writing career with stand-up comedy. His siblings, with whom he grew up on the Spokane Indian reservation in the east of Washington state, are surprised people find him funny, he says. "I was always the depressed guy in the basement. But I've borrowed their sense of humour and made it darker and more deadly - a weapon of self-defence. Being funny you win hearts quicker; people laughing are more apt to listen."

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Format

Hardback
48 pages

Author

Sherman Alexie
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Author's Website

fallsapart.com/

Publisher

Little, Brown Young Readers an imprint of Little, Brown & Company

Publication date

10th May 2016

ISBN

9780316013727


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