Jennifer Black Reinhardt

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March 2016, Clarion/HMH, 40 pp

At once funny and informative, Yaks Yak presents animals acting out the verbs made from their names. Illustrations rich in comic details show hogs hogging, slugs slugging, and other spirited creatures demonstrating homographs, words with different meanings that are spelled and pronounced the same. A chart listing the words, their meanings, and their history is included. Ideal for sharing, this book offers a sprightly and fanciful introduction to a fun form of wordplay.


PUBLISHERS WEEKLY – “Perfectly pitched to its audience, this clever introduction to animal-themed homographs also works as a vocabulary lesson and a catchy read-aloud.”

SHELF AWARENESS – “Yaks yak and flounders flounder in Newbery Medal author Linda Sue Park’s giddy and gloriously illustrated exploration of animal homographs.”

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL – “An original and fun way to build vocabulary.”