What's Everybuggy Reading: Miro
Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
by Lee Wardlaw
Illustrations by Eugene Yelchin
Henry Holt and Company, 2011
Bonjour, my friends! Did you read about Oscar, zee cat with zee enormous purr in zis month's issue of Spider (page 24)? Well, I am Miro, zee French cooking mushroom with zee enormous appetite. So when I saw zee title "Won Ton" on Ophelia's shelf, I whipped up a steamy bowl of wonton soup to sssssslurp while I devoured zee story! A wonton eez a type of dumpling found een Chinese food. Eet has a thin wrapper of dough on zee outside and a filling on zee inside . . . delicieux! But to my surprise, zis story eez about a quirky cat, not about food—silly moi!
Zee story eez told in haiku, a three-line form of poetry with five syllables in zee first line, seven syllables in zee second, and five syllables again in zee third. Won Ton eez a lonely cat in an animal shelter who wants to belong to a loving home, and . . . voila! In walks a small boy who falls in love with zee cat! What adventures do you think zee cat will get into now?
You don’t 'ave to be a cat lover to love zee book, because it eez fun for everyone! Ah, with all of zee wonton talk, I am 'ungry once again—another ssssslurp-y ssssserving of wonton soup for moi!
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