Title: Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
APA Citation: Alexie, S., & Morales, Y. (2016). Thunder Boy Jr. New York, NY: Hachette Book Group.
Short annotation: Thunder Boy Jr. does not like his name. His dad’s name is Thunder Boy Sr. and that makes him feel like his name is a burp or a fart. He expresses his hatred toward his names, and then start creating his own name. His dad soon tells him that they are going to change his name to Lightning and he loves it. Together, he and his dad were powerful and happy.
Grade Level: K-2
Intended Audience: This book is good for children grades K-2. It is an easy read.
Personal Rating: 5/10, the ending to this book was a warm and nice one, but I did not like how he kept nagging about hating his name. When his dad finally changes it for him and he becomes happy, I feel like that sends a message to children that the more you hate and nag, the more things will change.
Text-Dependent Questions: “What were some name ideas that Thunder Boy Jr. came up with for himself?”