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Review: Won Ton and Chopstick

April 11, 2015

Won Ton and Chopstick

Won Ton is perfectly content with the life she leads with her boy.  She has a great routine:

It’s a fine life, Boy.
Nap, play, bathe, nap, eat, repeat.
Practice makes purrfect.

When the family brings in a new puppy she’s not too happy with this pest who wants to eat her food, lie on her blankie, and play with her boy.  Won Ton feels neglected and put out until she and the puppy are left alone together on a rainy day.  When thunder cracks, she discovers they have one thing in common – they’re both afraid and in the end

Your secret revealed.
What kind of name is Basho?
I shall call you . . . Friend?

Won Ton and Chopstick: A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw is an adorable picture book about an unlikely friendship between a cat and a dog.  Young animal lovers will get a kick out of Won Ton’s antics and learn a few things about friendship while they’re at it.  Eugene Yelchin‘s illustrations are gorgeous and expressive and greatly enhance the story.

Since it’s written completely in haiku, young readers might need a little help with some of the concepts in Won Ton and Chopstick.  Luckily, there’s a great teacher’s guide that can be used at home and in the classroom to make this wonderful book even more fun.

Lee Wardlaw photoLee Wardlaw swears that her first spoken word was “kitty.” Since then, she’s shared her life with 30 cats (not all at the same time!) and published 30 books for young readers, including Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku, recipient of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Children’s Poetry Award, the Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry, and the Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallion. She lives in Santa Barbara, California with her family.

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Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


15 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2015 8:54 am

    Sounds totally adorable!

  2. Debbie permalink
    April 11, 2015 9:21 am

    Haha. By the title of your post I thought you did a food post

  3. April 11, 2015 9:35 am

    I used to love writing in Haiku form for school assignments….a long time ago. I had kind of forgotten about it until you and Julie shared this book. I need to share Haiku writing with my daughter. I bet she would love it.

  4. April 11, 2015 10:41 am

    My granddaughter would love this!

  5. Patty permalink
    April 11, 2015 10:50 am

    I would love this book!

  6. April 11, 2015 12:30 pm

    This sounds super cute!

  7. April 11, 2015 2:25 pm

    This sounds like such a cute read! I love that it’s all in haiku.

  8. April 11, 2015 10:20 pm

    Looks like fun. Our Scout and Max tolerated but never really enjoyed each other, even after 8 years!

  9. April 12, 2015 6:11 pm

    I love the sound of this book! Haiku is challenging for me too, but I think it’s very fun as well.

  10. April 12, 2015 11:43 pm

    This sounds like such a good book and I love that it’s told in Haiku

  11. parrish lantern permalink
    April 13, 2015 12:31 am

    Sounds like a wonderful way to introduce Haiku to children, I like the line above that references one of Haiku’s greats.

  12. April 13, 2015 11:01 am

    This sounds adorable and what a great way to introduce not only the form of poetry, but the great Haiku poet Basho!

  13. Literary Feline permalink
    April 13, 2015 9:54 pm

    This sounds so adorable! I love that it’s written in Haiku. I will have to look for this one.

  14. April 13, 2015 11:12 pm

    I put this one on hold awhile back. I can’t wait to read it. So glad you enjoyed it.

  15. bookingmama permalink
    April 22, 2015 10:06 pm

    This was cute and a perfect way to celebrate National Poetry month!

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