Saturday, February 05, 2011


Guest review by Mercury.

MROWRR! Pardon the language, but my person refuses to open the food can until I finish this recommendation. I freely admit that this is manifestly a peril of lacking opposeable thumbs, perhaps the only evolutionary deficiency in Felidae (It's all I can do to type -- the can opener is much more difficult [composure grooming]).

WON TON: A CAT TALE TOLD IN HAIKU, by Lee Wardlaw, ill. by Eugene Yelchin (Henry Holt 2011)(ages 4-8 [human years]).

WON TON is the story of the eponymous cat -- a Burmese, I believe -- who meets his boy in a shelter. He goes to his new home and, at first and understandably, investigates the underneath of the bed and is unwilling to partake of the victuals. Nevertheless, in the end, he decides that, perhaps, the boy is worth keeping, although he is not a fan of the name the boy insists on bestowing upon him.

I will confess that I, myself, discovered my people at a shelter in Chicago. WON TON elegantly captures the experience, with just the right amount of feline insouciance (and I congratulate Won Ton for his mastery of haiku -- human rhyming metrical schemes are somewhat difficult for both Felis and Panthera, although the latter would never admit it.). The drawings are handsome and expressive and nicely evoke Won Ton's stoic appraisals of, and reactions to, his circumstances.

Thank you. Now I must eat.


Lee Wardlaw said...

Very furry thanks for this fine review. If you lived closer, I would leave the entrails of a dead rat at your front door. Instead, as a token of my gratitude, I will take a nap.
Won Ton
Lee Wardlaw
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Greg Leitich Smith said...

Mercury says "Clearly, Won Ton is a gentleman and a scholar. (I would say 'gentlecat,' but that sounds perjorative.)"

Sylvia Vardell said...

So clever! I think Mercury has terrific reviewing skills! And WON TON is so very worthy.

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