Yaks Yak Animal Word Pairs

Written by Newbery medalist, Linda Sue Park, 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. (copy from publisher, Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


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

– School Library Journal, starred review (Read the full review)

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

— Publishers Weekly, starred review (Read the full review)

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

— Booklist

“An excellent and entertaining vocabulary builder.”

— Kirkus Reviews (Read the full review)

Awards and Lists

  • 2017 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts Award Books
  • NYPublic Library “Best Books for Kids”
  • Shelf Awareness “Best Children’s Books of 2016
  • Amazon Best Children’s Books of 2016
  • ALA “Notable Children’s Book”
  • CCBC “Best of the Year List”
  • New Mexico State Book Award List
  • CCBC Wisconsin Children’s Choice List
  • Bank Street Edu “Best Books 2017” “Outstanding Merit”