By Mira Reisberg
I am super excited about today's book peek and because I love this book and former student Yuyi Morales so much I'm doing a giveaway with it. Please read on and watch the video then comment on what was most helpful to you from this post and I'll ask Yuyi, if she can, to pick a winner. I'll be announcing it here on August 8th! So here goes...
Thunder Boy Smith Jr, named after his father, Thunder Boy Smith Sr., loves his father dearly. People call his father Big Thunder, which “is a storm filling up the sky,” while he is called Little Thunder, which he believes sounds “like a burp or a fart.” Thunder Boy Jr loves his dad, but he has a secret. He hates his name and wants his own name.
So, he begins to brainstorm new names that might represent him better. He has once touched a wild orca and wonders if “Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth” might be a better fit. He loves going to garage sales with his mom, so possibly, “Old Toys Are Awesome” would work. The dog likes to chase Thunder Boy Jr.’s tail, so perhaps, “Can’t Run Fast While Laughing” is the way to go. Little Thunder is tired of being small, but he doesn’t know how to tell his dad. He loves his dad. His feelings seem to contradict themselves; how can he explain them to his dad?
In Thunder Boy Jr, Sherman Alexie shows the importance of both remembering one’s heritage while also embracing one’s unique identity. It is an empowering tale that celebrates aspects of certain Native American cultures while hilariously exploring one boy’s journey to find himself and the love between a father and a son. Alexie’s writing weaves this poignant message through prose that is simultaneously thoughtful and very clever, while Yuyi Morales's art takes the story to a whole other level. The two are like a match made in heaven.
In the video below, I show and tell how the illustrations were made and also comment on the wonderful text. I hope you enjoy it.
Dr. Mira Reisberg is: the founder of the Children's Book Academy, an award-winning illustrator & published author, a former kidlit professor, & a former literary agent among other things. Mira was lucky enough to be Yuyi and many other extraordinary people's teacher, many of whom now contribute to her courses including the upcoming annual Illustration course starting Sept 5th. Co-taught with Random House editor Julia Maguire with contributions from editors, agents, & top illustrators, Mira and Julia will also be doing a fab free teaching webinar on Wed August 24th 5.30 Pacific/8.30PM Eastern. So save the date & get first notice right here http://bit.ly/CBAtribe And do leave a comment below. Yuyi & I would love for you to win a copy of this book!
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the fabulous debut author/illustrator Maggie Brown.
And 5th Mondays will feature a surprise reprise from over nine years of archives.