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"Thunder Boy Jr." is a picture book that

"Thunder Boy Jr." is a picture book that dads will like reading with their children. It was written by Sherman Alexie. Credit: Little, Brown and Company

Sherman Alexie, who wrote the popular young reader book “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” which has sold more than 1.5 million copies, is out with his picture book debut, called “Thunder Boy Jr.” (Little, Brown and Company, $17.99). Dads may enjoy reading the book with their children ages 3 to 6; it’s the story of a boy who is named after his dad, but also wants a name that’s all his own.

On the pages of “Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting” (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99), cartoonist Brian Gordon, who is also the father of two young kids, takes a comical, graphic look at life with small children. “My hopes is that this little collection of cartoons will give a little comfort to any parent out there who feels a little frazzled at times,” Gordon writes. “Hang in there, guys. You’re not alone.”

In “Raising Men: Lessons Navy Seals Learned From Their Training and Taught to Their Sons” (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99), former U.S. Navy Seal Eric Davis of California, who has four children, writes, “We’ve all become jaded when it comes to self-help books and those pink-and-blue-covered parenting books littering bookstores. This book is not that. I’ve spent a lifetime searching for answers about manhood and fathering, and nothing I’ve seen has proven to be as sound an reliable as the principles that the men of the SEAL Teams ... have been leveraging and exploiting for years.”

Chis Kornelis was the music editor at “Seattle Weekly” when he found out he was going to be a dad. By now he’s got two kids, and he’s written a week-by-week guide to pregnancy called “Rocking Fatherhood: The Dad-to-Be’s Guide to Staying Cool”(Lifelong Books, $13.99). The forward is written by Duff McKagan, bassist of the rock band Guns N’ Roses.

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