Saturday, October 22, 2011

Weekend Review: Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku. Seriously, the title pretty much sums up the entire story. This book tells the tale of a cat who is adopted from a shelter, taken to a new home, and given a name, Won Ton. The entire book is written in haikus like this:
Won Ton? How can I
be soup? Someday, I'll tell you
my real name. Maybe. 
This is the first picture book I've read that was written in haiku. Well, actually it's written in senryu. According to the author's notes, the haiku form requires writing about nature. Senryu follows the same syllabication of haiku but focuses on human nature (or in this case the nature of a snarky cat). Besides being incredibly funny, one of the great things about the book was the voice that was given to the cat. Through the choice of words and the structure of the language, you can hear this cat's personality.  The story is also moving. It touches on the relationship between the boy and his cat.The illustrations are great and add to the character of the overall story.
I think this would be a great classroom read aloud, however, it's one book that you won't want to read cold. Because of the haiku form, some of the sentences are a little choppy. I stumbled a little the first time through. So read it to yourself first... I promise, it will entertain you as much as it entertains the kids!
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  1. Thanks for sharing. We just read a MG book that mentioned Haikus and the girls at our mother/daughter book club were trying to write some.

  2. What an interesting book. I marked it as "for later" - I think it might be a good way to introduce daughter to the idea of Haiku poems. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

  3. Me-Wow! Thanks so much for the purr-fectly lovely review of my book.
    BTW, I'm a former elementary and preschool teacher, and recently earned my AMI Montessori Primary diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego. Will be doing more books for young ones. Feel free to visit my website at Thanks again for giving Won Ton a good home...currently working on a sequel. Best fishes, Ms. Lee Wardlaw

  4. This sounds like a great book! I love sharing poetry with my son.

  5. It is always good when a book has poetry, and even better when it is a specific kind. This review is helpful in many ways. Thanks for finding this book.