Published by Little, Brown, and Co.
Summary: Thunder Boy, Jr. has a secret. He hates his name. He’s named after his father, and he wants his own name, preferably one that celebrates something cool he’s done like Touch the Clouds for the time he climbed a mountain or Gravity’s Best Friend for his bike-riding skills. While he’s trying to figure out how to tell his father that he wants a new name, Dad comes along and suggests that from now on he be called Lightning. Delighted, Lightning goes off with Thunder Boy, Senior to light up the sky. 40 pages; ages 3-7.
Pros: Plenty of humor and Yuyi Morales’ lively illustrations recount a problem other kids may relate to, not liking your name. The names and the illustrations suggest a Native American family, a welcome addition to the multicultural bookshelf..
Cons: The ending was a bit of an anticlimax. Also, be aware the story contains the f-word. (Fart, that is.)