Yaks Yak

by Linda Sue Park
illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
Clarion Books, March 18, 2016
Language: English
paperback: 978-0544391017
40 pages, ages 5-9

Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs

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.


2016 Amazon Best Children’s Books of the Year
2016 Shelf Awareness Best Children’s & Teen Books of the Year
2018 Land of Enchantment Book Award Nominee (New Mexico)


“Animal and word lovers alike will enjoy this clever take on homographs…”

—School Library Journal, starred review

“Gleeful linguistic fun that young readers will wolf down.”

—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Young readers will love this hilarious, informative book.”


“An excellent and entertaining vocabulary builder.”


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