Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Kitten's First Full Moon

Kitten's First Full Moon

Fall 2004 Picture Books
Ages: 3 & Up
Author: Kevin Henkes
Illustrator: Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0-06-058828-4
Hardcover Price: $15.99
The Story:

Kitten looks up and sees a small bowl of milk. She attempts to lick it and catches a lightning bug on her tongue instead. She tries every way she can think to get that bowl of milk, but she just can’t reach it not even from the top of a tree. While up there, she’s distracted by a huge bowl of milk on the ground below (read: the moon’s reflection in a pond). She jumps for it…and gets soaked. Disheartened, she makes her way home and finds a real bowl of milk waiting just for her.

The Art:

Cream ivory paper makes Kevin Henkes’ variations of black and white lines glow. Incredibly simple they are full of humor, surprise, courage and satisfaction.

Tim Capehart   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Tim Capehart, a Children's Librarian, has served on library staffs in Kentucky, Massachusetts and Ohio. TIm often reads books out loud to his two cats, who prefer picture books without dogs.

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