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Won Ton

Won Ton

A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

Lee Wardlaw; illustrations by Eugene Yelchin

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Kindle, Fixed Layout


Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Holt Books for Young Readers


ISBN: 9781466813694

40 Pages, Ages 4-8

Nice place they got here.

Bed. Bowl. Blankie. Just like home!

Or so I've been told.

Visiting hours!

Yawn. I pretend not to care.

Yet -- I sneak a peek.

So begins this beguiling tale of a wary shelter cat and the boy who takes him home.

Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, this adoption story, told entirely in haiku, is unforgettable.

Rhode Island Children's Book Award ML, Indiana Read Alouds Too Good to Miss Master List, SD Prairie Pasque Children's Book Award ML, ME Chickadee Book Award - ML, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, Texas Armadillo Readers' Choice, ALA Notable Children's Books, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice A. ML, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Maste, Oklahoma Book Award Master List, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, NCTE Notable Child. Bks in Lang. A, MA Boston Authors Club Annual Award, CA Readers - California Collections


Praise for Won Ton

“Sometimes the full savor of a book only comes through silent absorption. That is manifestly the case with ‘Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku'…Children old enough to read will get the full force of the harmonious combination of Lee Wardlaw's wry verse and Eugene Yelchin's witty illustration.” —Wall Street Journal

“From the front cover on, this nameless shelter cat steals the show, with wide eyes, a sinewy body and a blue-gray coat....The charm of the text is that we see everything anew, from the cat's perspective.” —Chicago Tribune

“Gloriously illustrated by Eugene Yelchin, the story is a beguiling tale of a wary shelter cat and the boy who takes him home. It's an adoption story that's funny, touching, visually exciting and unforgettable.” —Santa Barbara Family Life

“The poignant story of a shelter cat finding a forever home unfolds in haiku verse in this funny, lovely and original picture book…offering a beguiling mix of humor…and emotion--along with a painless lesson in the creative possibilities of this form of poetry.” —Buffalo News

“Perfect pussycat poetry for anyone who has ever loved a shelter cat.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“[A]n unforgettable character in a shelter cat whose veneer of cynical toughness masks his vulnerability. Won Ton's sweetly humorous story will steal the hearts of readers young and old.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“Both the tightly constructed lines and elegant, playful illustrations unerringly imagine a cat's world, including the characteristic feline seesaw between aloof independence and purring, kneading adoration…[A] wry, heartwarming title that's sure to find wide acceptance in the classroom and beyond.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“A surprisingly powerful story in verse.” —Publishers Weekly

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About the author

Lee Wardlaw; illustrations by Eugene Yelchin

Lee Wardlaw has published more than two dozen award-winning books for young readers, including 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents and 101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher. She lives in Santa Barbara, CA, with her family.

Eugene Yelchin has illustrated Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont and The Cobbler's Holiday or Why Ants Don't Wear Shoes by Musharraf Ali Farooqi. With his wife, Mary Kuryla, he cowrote Heart of a Snowman and Ghost Files: The Haunting Truth which he also illustrated. He lives in Topanga, California.

Lee Wardlaw

© Thalia Chaltas

Eugene Yelchin

From the Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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