Thunder Pug

Thunder Pug


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“Navigating friendships and popularity can be difficult for youngsters; Percy is a shining example of empowerment.” —Kirkus
“This sweet and giggle-inducing story carries a great message about how acceptance of a friend’s new role and a little independence can strengthen a friendship.” —Booklist

What’s a superhero without a sidekick? This delightful follow-up to the popular Puddle Pug brings back that perfectly THUNDER-ful pug-and-pig pair: Percy and Petunia. 
Percy the Pug and Petunia the pig are the very best of pals . . . until Petunia wins a blue ribbon at the county fair. Suddenly, she has no time for hide-and-seek or lapping puddles, cheek-to-cheek. But when Percy finds a faded comic book in a puddle, the lonely pug dons a cape and takes on a new persona: THUNDER PUG! Even though being a superhero is exciting, Percy knows he’s missing something. Only when “Pink Lightning” (aka Petunia) joins him, and the two are “side by sidekick” again, are they truly living the heroic life!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454923589
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 268,108
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 - 18 Years

About the Author

Kim Norman is the author of several children’s books, including The Bot that Scott Built; This Old Van; Ten on the Sled; If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws!; and Crocodaddy (all Sterling). Learn more at In addition to her personal website, Kim runs a popular site, a portal connecting schools and authors. The site logs more than 40,000 unique visitors annually! She and her husband live in Smithfield, VA.

Keika Yamaguchi has illustrated several children's books including Puddle Pug by Kim Norman and Teeny Tiny Toady by Jill Esbaum (both Sterling). She works as an artist at DreamWorksTV, and has previously worked for Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Publishing Worldwide. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and three furry children. Visit to see more of her work. Follow her @KeikaYamaguchi.

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Thunder Pug 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
With a cute pug and a sweet pig, this is a tale which promises laughs, understand and tons of friendship. Percy the pug is best friends with Petunia the pig, and they do everything together. One day, Petunia takes off and returns with a blue ribbon! Percy wants to congratulate her, but nothing works out. Soon, he sad and wants to find something wonderful on his own. When he runs across a comic book with a superhero, Thunder Pug is born! He's off to save...well, whatever he can. But something isn't right. As a fan of pugs and cute, little pigs, this was a hit with my family from the very first page. Percy is an adorable, energetic ball of playfulness and adventure, which draws in and makes listeners want to have him as a friend of their own. Pig makes the perfect side-kick. The friendship between the two is golden and inspiring as every moment they spend together radiates happiness. The author is sure, however, to include that they do enjoy time by themselves two. When this perfect friendship is marred, it's hard not to feel sorry for Percy. Little listeners will easily relate to this feeling, and be excited when he discovers his new calling as Thunder Pug. The illustrations and text go hand-in-hand. The wording is simple enough for younger listeners to easily understand, and keeps the pace high. The illustrations glide right along, adding the needed emotion and little details to make the tale come to life. The illustrations are not overly bright and hold a gentle tone. It's nicely put together for a great read-aloud. The message is clear and inspiring, keeping friendship at the center point, and the adventure never runs to extreme, making it great for the age group. I received a complimentary copy, and the entire family found this book super cute so I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.