Sterling Children's Books

Thunder Pug

By Kim Norman (Author), Keika Yamaguchi (Ilustrator)


Format Hardcover Picture Book


Thunder Pug

by Kim Norman, Keika Yamaguchi



Barnes and Noble Indiebound
“Navigating friendships and popularity can be difficult for youngsters; Percy is a shining example of empowerment.” —Kirkus

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!
“The friendship that bloomed in Puddle Pug (2014) between a pug and his porcine pal is now being tested. Percy the pug and Petunia the pig still love puddles. They also love playing hide-and-seek at night and giving great big puffs to dandelion seeds. But sometimes they do things separately, too. When Petunia goes to the Arlington County Fair and returns with a shiny blue ribbon, Percy is proud of his friend. But suddenly Petunia is very popular around the farm. Percy can't spend any time with her anymore because she is always surrounded by admirers. Dejected, Percy sits in a puddle, alone. But a Thunder Man comic book changes his mind. Thunder Man has something cooler than a blue ribbon—a cape! Tying a towel around his neck and taking a bold leap off packages of pig chow, Percy becomes…Thunder Pug! But even heroic deeds seem lonely without someone to share them with. Perhaps a special swine sidekick will help save the day. Navigating friendships and popularity can be difficult for youngsters; Percy is a shining example of empowerment. He climbs out of that murky puddle and decides to help others. Yamaguchi's pencil and digital illustrations leave plenty of room for expressive glee; her anthropomorphic animals are darling. Sometimes feeling overshadowed awakens superhero strengths—Thunder Pug shows the way.” —Kirkus

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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.

Pub Date: 1/8/2019

ISBN: 9781454923589

Price: $16.95 / $22.95 CAN

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Pages: 40 pages, all in color

Trim: 10 x 10 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Juvenile / Picture Books

Age Range: 3 and up

Publisher: Sterling Children's Books

Carton Quantity: 24