Illustrator: Yuyi Morales
on May 10th 2016
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.
Thunder Boy Jr. was a book I randomly found in the library while looking for books to check out for the littles. The one thing that caught my attention was the cover; there was something so beautiful about it. I was also excited to see that Yuyi Morales had illustrated Thunder Boy Jr. the kids and I had read a couple of Yuyi Morales books last year and really loved her books so we were excited to see her illustrations.
Thunder Boy JR. was a story that the Littles absolutely loved. The first time we “read’ it was Poochies reading his own version of the story and then Princess reading her own version of the story and then finally we read the story.
About Thunder Boy Jr
Thunder Boy Jr is a story about a little boy who’s named after his father. His sister and mother have what he calls “normal” names and he is named Thunder Boy after his father. Thunder Boy doesn’t like his name because he feels like he has to live up to his father or that people are always comparing him to his father. He feels like his identity belongs to his father and he can’t really be himself and the story tells us about his journey of finding the “right” name for him.
I found the story to be absolutely beautiful and engaging for the littles. They were also trying to find names for Thunder Boy Jr. I really liked the idea of trying to find yourself even though you are named after a relative.
The illustrations were absolutely beautiful. They weren’t extremely colorful but they would capture the littles attention. The littles were able to make their own story based on the illustrations. This is a book I would highly recommend because I think kids will love it because of the story and because of the illustrations. Parents will also enjoy this because it is a very beautiful story.