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Kids amaze me with their memory about the details of a book. When I told Bean we were searching for a book about a bicycle she sprinted directly for Thunder Boy Jr.…which is not a book about a bicycle. But she flipped through, and there it was: an illustration of Thunder Boy standing atop his bicycle, being chased by his worried father.
Thunder Boy Smith has a unique name. His mom and his sister have “good, normal” names, but Thunder Boy is not a normal name. Thunder Boy doesn’t even get to have his not-so-normal name to himself—he has to share it with his dad, Thunder Boy Sr., otherwise known as Big Thunder. In the end, an unspoken understanding leads to a resolution in the form of a new name that honors the father’s legacy while allowing the son his own identity.
This unique picture book is all about how different kids and families do things around the world. (It’s also, as I noted on Instagram this week, a great way to get that old Montell Jordan song stuck in your head.)
Learn what these kids wear to school, how they play, how they unwind at the end of the day, and how they spend time with their families. The book is illustrated, but has photos of the families featured at the end, which helps kids understand that This is How We Do It is a nonfiction book. Read our review in our roundup of our favorite books from July 2017.
Full disclosure: I have not read this book. Bean read it at preschool and reports back that it’s hilarious. And since this is her Summer Book Hunt, she gets to choose the books! The description from Amazon:
A rooster who just wants to sleep in gets a little help from a friend in this laugh-out-loud picture book from New Yorker artist Mike Twohy. Rupert the rooster knows that every morning when the sun comes up he must cock-a-doodle-do—no matter what. But Rupert is terrible at waking up! And even worse, he can never, ever sleep in. Life just isn’t fair. When his friend Sherman the Sheep volunteers for the job, everything is perfect. Or is it?
Yum! This is our favorite Summer Book Hunt category. And Peter Sis made it easy for us by writing a book all about an Ice Cream Summer.
It starts out with a young boy writing a letter to his grandpa about how good he’s being this summer. He’s reading, doing his math, and studying history. Turns out, all of his summer learning is a guise for eating lots of ice cream. But surely, he’s earned a trip to the ice cream store with Grandpa after all that hard work?