Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales are a match made in heaven! Love this story and the illustrations!
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.
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.
A little boy wants a name of his own. A great story about family, and a good multicultural title.
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 :)
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: https://shayshortt.com/2016/08/11/thunder-boy-jr/
Endearing book addressing identity and father/son relationships. Children will relate. Must read for any parent. Native American as main character? Double yay!
In his picture book debut, celebrated author Sherman Alexie addresses the frustration of being a namesake. See, Thunder Boy Smith Jr. HATES his name. He looks up to his dad, but he wants a name that's unique. Brainstorming new names with his lively American Indian family yields some interesting suggestions -- maybe he should he be called "Mud in His Ears," or "Can't Run Fast While Laughing"? -- before dad finally picks the perfect name for his spirited son. Through mixed-media illustrations that crackle with color, award-winning illustrator Yuyi Morales skillfully underscores the connections between a child's dreams, his culture, and his loving family.
As an adult, I love to read children's books from time to time, for admiring the story and illustrations that if well done, can impact a child's worldview and/or how they view themselves. With that said, I LOVED this simple yet powerful story by one of our (award-winning) great writers; and I LOVED the beautifully effective illustrations by an amazing artist. The two of them together make a book every child should read. It will have them thinking about how they see and refer to themselves. And it's about how important and fun it can be to be true to oneself. I highly recommend. FYI...as an adult reader, it will take you just a short time to read but you'll want to page through it again...more than once...to enjoy the sweet story and revel in the fun, expressive artwork. Enjoy!
Touching depiction of a son's love for his father. Amazing artwork. This librarian is very glad we have this book in our collection at SFPL!