Thunder Boy Jr.

Thunder Boy Jr.

Author Sherman Alexie

Illustrated by Yuyi Morales


Age range: 4-8

Meet Thunder Boy Jr. who was named after his father with a big secret to tell. His father goes by Big Thunder and the boy is nicknamed Little Thunder. The rest of his family has normal names but Thunder Boy Jr. as the reader finds out does not like his name – he wants his own name – to reflect on something “cool” that he has accomplished with his life. He comes up with “Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth,” or “Touch the Clouds,” or “Can’t Run Fast While Laughing.”

His father, however, gives him a new name…

A Bookish Decree:

The illustrations are dynamic and rich in family life,

portraying an exceptional bond between a father and son.

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