Won Ton - A Cat Tale Told in  HaikuI first came across this book when it won the 2012-13 Chickadee Award (an award voted on each year by children in the state of Maine). Before reading it I thought, eh, just another cat book … but WOW! This tale of a cat going from shelter to new home and becoming part of a family is wonderfully executed by author Lee Wardlaw. Wardlaw gets into the emotional mind of a cat like few others, displaying powerful feelings that only a cat could know. Eugene Yelchin’s illustrations, as always, prove to understand the inner workings of animals as well as any other. Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku gets the rare ‘books that give me chills’ seal. All this and I have yet to mention that every phrase is written in a 17 syllable haiku!

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Like a puzzle, Wardlaw pieces together a story told only in haiku. Now that’s something you don’t see every day (ever? it’s the first time for me, but it can’t be unique. or can it?). If you’re a fan of cats or haiku, this book is for you. And if you’re not a fan of either, you very well might be after reading Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku.

Kudos (or should I say “Haikudos”?) to the children of Maine for honoring such a deeply moving and expressive picture book. (sorry, Mama Funk, for that terrible line…)


Borrow. Read. Return. Repeat.