WELCOME

WELCOME! Once a month, usually on a Thursday evening, a group of writers, illustrators, teachers and librarians meets in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles to discuss children's books. Usually we talk about one picture book and one middle grade or YA novel. After the meeting, Sandy Schuckett, a retired LAUSD librarian, summarizes our discussion. Here are her reports of our thoughts about the books we have read. We'd love to have your comments too!
Thanks to Nancy Hayashi for our wonderful title art! Our group has been meeting since 2007. It was organized under the auspices of the Children's Literature Council of Southern California (CLCSC).

Thursday, December 15, 2016

THUNDER BOY JR. by Sherman Alexie

We had a wonderful holiday pot luck feast at our last meeting, and although we were all very full, a great discussion of Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie; illus. by Yuyi Morales. Several people loved it, a few did not. A couple of readers felt the story was very disjointed, and didn't really say much. Others loved the fact that Thunder Boy Jr. wanted his own name, and although he loved his strong, powerful dad, he needed his own identity. As he went through various possibilities of names based upon things he was really good at, he was finally happy when his dad actually gave him his new name, Lightning, because then they could be strong and powerful together. Several readers thought that there were just too many possible name choices, and got tired of reading about them. Others felt it was fine, because it provided a good picture of who the little boy really 'was'. Most of us really liked the illustrations, but a couple of folks weren't thrilled with them. We weren't sure how young readers would respond to the book, but one of our members, a school librarian, informed us that when she read it to kids in her school, they liked it, and they responded in different ways according to their ages. So....mixed feelings all around, and contented, full, tired people heading home later than usual from a book group meeting.

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