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.

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