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Won Ton A Cat Tale Told in HaikuNice place they got here Bed Bowl Blankie Just like home Or so I've been told   Visiting hours Yawn I pre. My favourite lines LetmeoutLetmeOutLetmeoutLetmeoutWait LetmeinLetmeinWhich part of 'meow' don't you understand

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review Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB ë 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 homeSometimes funny sometimes tTend not to care Yet I sneak a peek  So begins this beguiling tale of a wary shelter cat and the boy who. A substitute teacher came up to my reference desk seeking “Fun haiku books” to turn into lesson plans with their kids That’s the sort of open ended uestion that can render your brain blank for a moment or two Suddenly every haiku book for kids you’ve ever encountered flees from your brain You’re left gaping like a fish desperately scanning your poetry shelves for one just ONE haiku book that will help Then if you’re really in trouble you start thinking of books that are so new to your library system that it’s no good to remember them anyway For instance the last time this happened I found myself thinking of Won Ton A Cat Tale Told in Haiku A spirited little story that couldn’t be simpler the first person narrative of a feline in a new home is told entirely in haikus With plenty of things to love for poetry and cat lovers alike Won Ton takes an old form and renders it furry Split into little unnumbered chapters “The Shelter” “The Choosing” etc we hear the tale of a cat named Won Ton though that’s not his “real” name mind A shelter kitty Won Ton is adopted by a nice boy and goes off to start a new life For a cat there are plenty of things to explore and figure out There’s the couch that makes for an excellent scratching post and the moths that make for “a dusty snack” In the end Won Ton makes it clear that he’s not his boy’s cat The boy is his boy And finally “ ‘Good night Won Ton’ you whisper Boy it’s time you knew My name is Haiku” It’s interesting that right off the bat the Author’s Note makes it clear that the book isn’t told in haiku at all but rather senryu Actually I’m being facetious Senryu which focuses on “the foibles of human nature – or in this case cat nature” appears to have been developed from haiku itself This would make it an ideal book for classroom study then We hear about kids that have to write their own haikus all the time How many have to write senryus eh I liked that in the Dedication we learn that the author has cats named Mai Tai Papaya and Koloa Won Ton isn’t all that kooky a name in comparison As for the haikus themselves they’re definitely less evocative and driven by a deep and abiding knowledge of cat personalities The repeated joke throughout the book are the haikus that go “Letmeoutletme outletmeoutletmeout Wait – let me back in” These occur periodically throughout the book Of course I wondered how well this kind of poetry would read aloud Often Wardlaw has to break apart a line mid sentence with varying degrees of success Some poems don’t reuire the continuous flow of a sentence from one line to another Others get a bit confusing when the lines aren’t next to one another In one long line “Naptime Begone oh fancy pad I prefer these socks They smell of you” looks fine Broken up it’s a little hard to read For the most part though everything is fairly smooth Eugene Yelchin is the illustrator paired with Ms Wardlaw for this book and he’s an artist I’ve not seen much of before Yelchin for this book has taken graphite and gouache to watercolor paper to create these images His style is an elongated series of stretched lines something akin to an artist like Jules Feiffer though Yelchin reigns himself in a bit I particularly enjoyed his backgrounds When Won Ton is in the shelter the background switches from plain white to gray or gray blue or gray pink Then when the family returns home with their new cat the artist takes a moment to render a landscape heavily influenced by older Japanese prints of mountainous backgrounds Inside the home the colors brighten Yellows and oranges and maybe a light blue Patterned carpets and backyard scenes allow for tips of the hat to Japanese prints but not so much you’re taken out of the reading Yelchin’s humans pretty much stay out of the picture seen only in body parts until the boy’s face appears at the end as a kind of reward As for Won Ton himself the artist has clearly studied cats and how much you take to it may depend on how much of a cat person you are Yelchin’s hero is almost all outline The shading is done well enough but when you think back on the art it’s the black outlines that remain in your mind That seems to be the style that’s primarily at work here When we think of famous poetical kitties the first thing that tends to come to mind is Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by TS Eliot Actually this book pairs pretty well with Old Possum particularly when it comes to the naming of cats Won Ton isn’t particularly fond of his human bestowed name and little wonder since he has a name of his own already Much like the Jellicle Cats of Eliot’s world this cat is the master of his moniker The book also brought to mind one of my favorite feline poetry titles A Curious Collection of Cats by Betsy Franco Some of Won Ton’s habits here are replicated perfectly in Ms Franco’s book The two would read well together I should think As it stands of course Won Ton has no difficulty standing on its own A cheery ode to a boy and his cat this is one of the books to grab the next time someone asks you for “fun haiku” Or really any poetry in generalFor ages 4 8

Lee Wardlaw Ì 3 read

Takes him homeSometimes funny sometimes touching this adoption story told entirely in haiku is unforgettab. This is the charming tale of a cat rescued by The Boy told entirely in haiku from said Cat's point of view For once the words in a picture book were what attracted my attention I loved the haiku They perfectly expressed the cat's feelings There is another book Won Ton and Chopstick A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku Which looks to further explore the adventure of life with The Boy The illustrations are whimsical and surprising but I really liked the haiku