Friday, April 17, 2015

New Book Alert: Won Ton and Chopstick

Won Ton and Chopstick: a cat and dog tale told in haiku (2015) by Lee Wardlaw and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin.

I was so excited a few months back when I found out that there was a sequel coming out to Won Ton: a cat tale in haiku. (It is one of several books featured in my post Books Told in Haiku.)

Won Ton is back, in this sequel, also told in haiku (specifically, in senryu), but now he faces a new challenge ... a puppy! Betrayed and aghast, Won Ton's feelings become clear through his various acts and protests related via the poems.

I love the use of haiku to tell these stories, as these brief poems can give such a complete glimpse into each different moments. Kids and adults will relate to feelings of "sibling rivalry" and the interactions between pets and families.

Haikus are a great poem type for kids to try, as their small, compact size makes them manageable, although they can also lead to a lot of stilted, laborious syllable-counting. Sharing books like this one helps kids recognize the potential of haiku!

Interest in haiku? Read more in Do You Haiku? , Picture Books about Haiku, Books Told in Haiku (featuring Won Ton), and Indigenous Food Haiku.

Robyn has this week's Poetry Friday roundup over at Life on the Deckle Edge.


  1. Won Ton fans will be thrilled with this new addition, even if Won Ton wasn't... ;0)
    Thanks for sharing, Katie!

  2. I can't wait to read this book!!


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