Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs

by Linda Sue Park and Jennifer Black Reinhardt
In a funny and informative picture book, Newbery medalist Linda Sue Park and artist Jennifer Black Reinhardt roll out an entertaining survey of animals whose names are also verbs—in scenes where yaks yak, slugs slug slugs, rams ram, and kids kid.


  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544391017
  • ISBN-10: 0544391012
  • Pages: 40
  • Publication Date: 03/08/2016
  • Carton Quantity: 20

About the book

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.

About the author
Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning A Single Shard, the best-seller A Long Walk to Water, and the highly-praised novel Prairie Lotus. She has also written several acclaimed picture books and serves on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. She lives in western New York with her family. www.lindasuepark.com, Twitter: @LindaSuePark

Jennifer Black Reinhardt

Jennifer Black Reinhardt has illustrated many acclaimed picture books and chapter books—including Yaks Yak and Gondra's Treasure by Linda Sue Park and Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate. She has also written and illustrated several, including Playing Possum. Jennifer lives with her family in Iowa City, Iowa. Visit her online at jbreinhardt.com, on Twitter @jblackreinhardt, and on Instagram @JenniferBlackReinhardt. 


Amazon Best Children’s Books of the Year: NonFiction 

Shelf Awareness Best of 2016 


"Details such as hats and teacups carry through from picture to picture, and on each spread the animal’s behavior and interaction with other animals of its kind are spot-on...Children will recognize the behaviors from their fellow humans while learning new vocabulary in a memorable way." 

Horn Book 


* "Gleeful linguistic fun that kids will wolf down." 

Publishers Weekly, STARRED review 


* "Animal and word lovers alike will enjoy this clever take on homographs..." 

School Library Journal, STARRED review 


"Young readers will love this hilarious, informative book."