Title: Thunder Boy Jr.
Author: Sherman Alexie
Illustrator: by Yuyi Morales
Target Age: 2-5 Years
Three words come to mind when describing Sherman Alexie’s first picture book, Thunder Boy Jr. I love it! Hands down, this is one of my favorite picture books of 2016.
From page one, Yuyi Morales’ illustrations draw you in to the scene and all that is going on in Thunder Boy’s world. He, his father, mother, and sister are all captured in vivid colors that make you eager to see what’s coming on the next page.
If you aren’t familiar with Native American culture or traditions, Sherman’s book creatively explains the reason why Thunder Boy is named after his father and why he longs for an identity of his own.
Although this is Mr. Alexie’s first picture book, I surely hope it is not his last.