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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Wardlaw Narrator: James Yaegashi Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781470322618
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Award-winning author Lee Wardlaw’s books have been honored by such prestigious groups as the American Library Association and the Children’s Book Council. Using a Japanese form of short poetry that concentrates on humanlike foibles, Won Ton follows a shelter cat as he gets a new home. When the cat, who considers himself a prince of his kind, is given the name Won Ton, he’s aghast. “How can I be soup?” he asks. But soup or not, Won Ton and his new owner soon find a way to live happily together. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The charm of the text is that we see everything anew, from the cat’s perspective.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “[A] wry, heartwarming title that’s sure to find wide acceptance in the classroom and beyond.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Wardlaw’s terse, traditional verse captures catness from every angle…Perfect pussycat poetry for anyone who has ever loved a shelter cat.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Wardlaw has a fine understanding of the feline mind, and each seventeen-syllable poem packs a big impact…A surprisingly powerful story in verse.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Written in clever and evocative haiku, this delightful story follows Won Ton as he settles into his new home and neighborhood. This cat clearly has personality, and James Yaegashi puts a subtle purr in voice as he brings the cat to life vocally.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Children will enjoy the adventures of a cat named Won Ton as he makes the journey from animal shelter to his new home and from aloofness to caring…James Yaegashi is outstanding in delivering the haiku and in making this audio flow from poem to poem as a story. Within each haiku, he brings auditory delight.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee
  • A 2011 Washington Post Best Book for Children
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About the Author

Lee Wardlaw has published more than two dozen award-winning books for young readers. Her books have been honored by the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, Children’s Book Council, the International School Librarians Association, and more. She has also won seven state reader’s choice awards and is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, the Author’s Guild, California Reading Association, and Children’s Literature Council of Southern California. She lives in Santa Barbara with her family.

About the Narrator

James Yaegashi has appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, film, and television roles. He was also a popular radio disc jockey in Japan. He is a four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audiobook narration, and his voice-over credits include a featured role in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.