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Kitten's First Full Moon Hardcover – March 2, 2004
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Any child who has yearned for anything will understand how much Kitten wants that elusive bowl of milk. Readers will giggle as she tries to lick the faraway moon and gets a bug on her tongue, or leaps to catch it and falls down the stairs. In an effective refrain, the narrator repeats, "Still, there was the little bowl of milk, just waiting." The winning combination here is the simplicity and humor of the story, paired with gorgeous black-and-white illustrations with thick black lines (mirrored by the thick bold sans-serif font) and shades of grey that are as luminous as a moonlit night should be. Full-moon circles and ovals appear throughout the design: white circle full moons on the endpapers, elliptical flowers by the porch, white circles of firefly light, oval pads on Kitten's paws, and her big round eyes (especially when surprised and soaking wet). Children will love Kitten's quest and ensuing comedy of errors, but what they will love even more is that there's an actual bowl of milk waiting on the porch for Kitten. (Preschool) --Karin Snelson
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Kitten, we take it, is not very old. In fact, for the first time ever she's experiencing her first full moon. Apparently no one thought to explain to Kitten exactly what a moon is and since her only frame of reference for a large round white thing is a bowl of milk, that's exactly what she mistakes the moon to be. What follows is a series of mild calamities as Kitten tries time and again to reach that tempting bowl of milk in the sky. Simply sticking her tongue out doesn't work. She gets fireflies stuck there. Leaping at the moon from the house's steps doesn't work. She just bumps her bum. Chasing the moon over hill and dale doesn't work. Kitten can't help but notice that she never gets closer. After other mistakes Kitten, dejected and more than a little soggy, returns home to find an inviting bowl of milk sitting on her home's steps just for her. Says the last line in the book, "Lucky Kitten".
The illustrations in this book are, in a word, luminous. Somehow Henkes has taken somewhat bland black and grey gouache and colored pencils and used them to give the impression of a world bathed in shimmering moonlight.Read more ›
The book tells the story of a little kitten who sees a full moon for the first time in his life. She thinks it's a bowl full of milk and with humor and a lot of charm, proceeeds to try and get to that bowl by jumping, climbing a tree, etc. All very delightful. Just a great new kids book that I'm sure will be on bookshelfs for a long, long time!
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I will buy anything from this author. All of his books are thoughtful and insightful. My daughter just loves them, and I feel good about reading them to her.Published 16 days ago by VHReviews
This book is both an extremely sweet story and gorgeous. I picked it up off the Caldecot winners shelf at the library, having never heard of it, and we were so charmed that we had... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rachel
My 7 month old actually laughs out loud at this book. It's easily one of her favorites. The illustrations are adorable and I love that it's all in b&w, it's a nice visual change of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Drake
This is my daughter's favorite book. At 8 months old my daughter's three most favorite things were kitty, milky and the moon-- so this book was an instant hit. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joanna B
My daughter fell in love with this book the first time we read it to her. We were reading the hardcover copy. As she grew older she started to want to hold the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amanda Martinez
*SPOILER ALERT* At one point in this book, the kitten sees the moon reflected in a pond and mistakes the whole pond for a giant bowl of milk. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. May
I checked this out from the library, and my 5 year old loved it so much that I bought him his own copy for his birthday.Published 3 months ago by J Ward