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Honors and Exhibitions

2014 Recommended Reading List - Nevada Reading Association
2014 Young Hoosier (Indiana) Book Award Nominee
2014 Grand Canyon (Arizona) Young Reader Award Nominee
2013 North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee
2013 AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award Winner
2013 Mockingbird (Texas) Award Nominee
2013 Chuckwagon (Texas) Picture Book Reading List
2013 California Readers - California Collections List
2013 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee (Grades K-2)
2013 Armadillo (Texas) Readers' Choice Award Nominee
2013 Red Dot Children's Choice Award Nominee (Singapore)
2013 Beehive (Utah) Poetry Book Award Nominee
2012-13 Chickadee (Maine) Reader's Choice Award Nominee
2012-13 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Nominee

2012-13 Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee
2012 NCTE/CLA Notable Children's Book in the English Language Arts
2012 SCBWI Crystal Kite Members' Choice Award - California/Texas Region
2012 San Francisco Book Festival - Best Children's Book
2012 Myra Cohn Livingston Poetry Award
2012 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award
2012 CCBC Best Children's Books of the Year
2012 ALSC Notable Children's Books
2012 Los Angeles Book Festival - Best Children's Book
2012 Nominee: Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children
2012 Nominee: Sakura Award (Japanese Children's Choice Award)
2011-12 AISLE (Indiana) Read-Alouds Too Good to Miss List
2011 SLJ Best Books of the Year
2011 Washington Post Best Books of the Year
2011 Cat Writers' Association Muse Medallion (Best Children's Book)
2011 Fancy Feast Best Friends Award (Best Children's Book)
2011 Forward National Literature Award (Best Picture Book)
2011 NYPL Best Books of the Year - Poetry
2011 NYPL 100 Books for Reading and Sharing
2011 BSCE/CBC Monthly Pick (April)

Won Ton, A Cat Tale Told in Haiku was chosen to appear in the Society of Illustrators 2011 Original Art exhibit and catalog.


starred reviewSTARRED REVIEW “Yelchin’s superb illustrations, graphite and gouache on watercolor paper, depict an angular blue-black-haired Siamese, capturing all facets of his singular, feisty, and playful personality. The book’s overall design, with text laid carefully between and around eye-catching, brilliantly composed illustrations, complements the engaging tale.”

– School Library Journal

starred reviewSTARRED REVIEW “Yelchin’s graphite and gouache illustrations telegraph cat-itude with every stretch and sinuous slink.”

– Kirkus Reviews

starred reviewSTARRED REVIEW “Yelchin’s expressive graphite and gouache artwork nods to the poetic form’s roots with echoes of Japanese woodblock prints and creates a lovable, believable character in this wry, heartwarming title that’s sure to find wide acceptance in the classroom and beyond.”

– Booklist

“Children old enough to read will get the full force of the harmonious combination of Lee Wardlaw's wry verse and Eugene Yelchin's witty illustration.”

– The Wall Street Journal

"Eugene Yelchin’s sinuous draftsmanship, playful perspectives and sunny palette provide just the right counterpoint to this tale of a cat with attitude to spare."

– Washington Post

"From the front cover on, this nameless shelter cat steals the show, with wide eyes, a sinewy body and a blue-gray coat."

– Chicago Tribune

"Accompanied by Yelchin’s winning drawings, the willowy Won Ton tells us his story – in perfectly formed haiku."

– The Christian Science Monitor

“The Japanese haiku theme is carried through with elements and backgrounds lifted from old woodblock prints. The final page, a delicate painting of the boy nuzzling the cat, is a fitting reward for the boy's patience and Won Ton's resilience.”

– Publishers Weekly

"This is a touching tale, made even more dramatic by Eugene Yelchin’s sublime illustrations, which vary on every page, adding drama, emotion, fun and beauty."

– Bookpage

“Yelchin’s graphite and gouache pictures match the poems’ sensitivity as well as their humor. The appealing cover will help sell this funny and touching celebration of the joys of adopting a shelter cat.”

– Horn Book

"Yelchin's graphite and gouache artwork brings vigorous line and movement, lots of humor and expertly composed spreads."

– Kirkus Reviews Blog

"Yelchin's artwork offers a nod to classic Japanese silkscreen… unusual framing or perspectives attract attention. Here too, the author and artist circle back to certain themes adding a rich, layered quality to this 'cat tale.'"

– School Library Journal Online

"Won Ton’s feisty, playful personality is revealed, creating a sweet story that will resonate with readers young and old."

– Cat Fancy