Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie audiobook

Thunder Boy Jr.

By Sherman Alexie
Illustrations by Yuyi Morales
Read by  David Alexie  and Sherman Alexie

Little, Brown Young Readers 9780316013727
0.10 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781478964131

From New York Times bestselling author Sherman Alexie and Caldecott Honor winning Yuyi Morales comes a striking and beautifully illustrated picture book celebrating the special relationship between father and son. Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name...one that's all his own. Dad is known as big Thunder, but little thunder doesn't want to share a name. 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 Little Thunder thinks all hope is lost, dad picks the best name...Lightning! Their love will be loud and bright, and together they will light up the sky.

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Summary

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A New York Times Editor’s Choice

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

From New York Times bestselling author Sherman Alexie and Caldecott Honor winning Yuyi Morales comes a striking and beautifully illustrated picture book celebrating the special relationship between father and son. Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name...one that's all his own. Dad is known as big Thunder, but little thunder doesn't want to share a name. 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 Little Thunder thinks all hope is lost, dad picks the best name...Lightning! Their love will be loud and bright, and together they will light up the sky.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

* "Alexie demonstrates his familiar gift for storytelling, using seemingly uncomplicated language to tell a layered and emotional story that retains tension despite being full of love. Even with this boy's complaint, this is a joyous portrait of a family. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
* "Despite the dad-pleasing message, the book is too funny and real to veer into parental self-congratulation, and Morales's illustrations give great life and specificity to Thunder Boy's Lightning's family. Horn Book, starred review
* "Echoes of Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian resonate in this vibrant first-person tale....Thunder Boy's energy is irresistible, as is this expansive portrait of a Native American family. Publishers Weekly, starred review
Together [Sherman and Morales] deliver a story that feels both modern and timeless, a joyous portrait of one boy's struggle to (literally) make a name for himself in the world. The New York Times Book Review
A New York Times Notable Children's Book of the YearA NYPL Best Book of the YearA Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearA Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Honor Book of the YearTime Top 10 Children's Book of the YearA Washington Post Best Children's Book of the YearAn Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year
“A story that feels both modern and timeless, a joyous portrait of one boy’s struggle to (literally) make a name for himself in the world.” New York Times Book Review
* "An expertly crafted, soulful, and humorous work that tenderly explores identity, culture, and the bond between father and son. Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Even if little one don't pick up on the cultural significance, they'll be entranced by the brilliant illustrations and Thunder Boy's rollicking determination to branch out on his own. Booklist, starred review
* "An enchanting and humorous picture book....This has all of the qualities of a classic story like Goodnight Moon and is destined to be a modern classic, with youngsters wanting repeated readings. School Library Journal, starred review
“Author Sherman Alexie’s son, David, energetically portrays the dynamic Thunder Boy Jr….[His] playful reading adds emphasis to Yuyi Morales’s animated illustrations (included in a PDF). His rhythms emphasize the poetic writing. Sherman Alexie joins forces with his son at the audio’s end. His deep, sonorous voice reflects the powerful caring of a father who seeks happiness for his son. The two voices harmonize in a perfect climax, mirroring the shared love of two protagonists who together make ‘amazing weather’ that ‘lights up the sky.’ Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Thunder Boy’s energy is irresistible, as is this expansive portrait of a Native American family.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This has all of the qualities of a classic story…destined to be a modern classic, with youngsters wanting repeated readings. Highly recommended.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“An expertly crafted, soulful, and humorous work that tenderly explores identity, culture, and the bond between father and son.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Little ones…will be entranced by the brilliant illustrations and Thunder Boy’s rollicking determination to branch out on his own.” Booklist (starred review)
“Despite the dad-pleasing message, the book is too funny and real to veer into parental self-congratulation, and Morales’s illustrations give great life and specificity to Thunder Boy’s Lightning’s family.” Horn Book (starred review)
“Alexie demonstrates his familiar gift for storytelling, using seemingly uncomplicated language to tell a layered and emotional story that retains tension despite being full of love. Even with this boy’s complaint, this is a joyous portrait of a family.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Sherman Alexie

Author Bio: Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is a poet, short-story writer, novelist, and performer. He is a winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, he grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation, and has been an urban Indian since 1994.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 0.10
Audience: Children (4–7)
Language: English