Ever considered changing your name? Thunder Boy Jr. has. Lots. Named after his father, Thunder Boy Smith Sr.—known by many as “Big Thunder”—“Little Thunder” is determined to discover a name that not only suits him, but celebrates his many adventures (climbing a mountain, touching a wild orca, and powwow dancing, to name just a few).
The trailer, filled with Caldecott Honor-winning Yuyi Morales’s luminous, broad illustrations, and dancy guitar music, is, like Thunder Boy’s eventual new name (no spoilers, here), simply striking. Released in May, Booklist’s Sarah Hunter guarantees Sherman Alexie’s “rollicking” tale will entrance the little ones. Be sure to check out her starred review (and send any compelling last name suggestions my way . . . “Shemroske” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, you know).