Book: Kitten’s First Full Moon

Kitten’s First Full Moon
Kevin Henkes
2004

This was last year’s Caldecott Medal winner. It is a wonderful picture book about a kitten trying to get to the moon, which she thinks is a bowl of milk. She has no luck and everything she tries backfires, but eventually she finds some luck and gets her bowl of milk.

The story is simple, but cute. What really makes this book are the wonderful illustrations. They are black and white and incredibly simple. Even so, Kitten is amazingly expressive and one cannot help but sympathise with her throughout her adventure. The pictures have a simple, childlike elegance that really stands out. I can’t help but smile when I see this book (even the cover is wonderful).

I highly recommend this book. It is wonderful and has a special childlike magic that is rare in picture book. This one is something special and deserves all of the awards and attention it has recieved.

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