Here’s my new favorite book: Thunder Boy Jr. a picturebook by Sherman Alexie.
This is no surprise as Sherman Alexie already has many acclaimed books to his credit. There’s his young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, there’s Reservation Road which was made into a movie, and several other adult novels and short story collections, like The Toughest Indian in the World and Blasphemy. (Yes, the Peterborough Town Library has these books by Sherman Alexie.)
Thunder Boy Jr. is about a small boy named after his father and that small boy wants his own name. Yuri Morales’s pictures hilariously and poignantly illustrate Thunder Boy’s ruminations about at least nine other names he could be named. And all those names, combined with the adventures they describe, paint a loving picture of Thunder Boy’s family life. Personally I like ‘Mud in His Ears’ and ‘Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth’ best.
When the end of the book reveals the new name his father gives him it sums up a totally perfect moment and a totally perfect picturebook. And it’s here at the library for your family to read.