A Kitten Called Moonlight

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Martin Waddell and Christian Birmingham?s nostalgic picture book about an adored pet is also a tender celebration of family storytelling.

"I'd like my story again,
Charlotte said.
The one I like best,
about Moonlight and me."

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Overview

Martin Waddell and Christian Birmingham’s nostalgic picture book about an adored pet is also a tender celebration of family storytelling.

"I'd like my story again,
Charlotte said.
The one I like best,
about Moonlight and me."

Once, Charlotte’s mother tells
her, a very small white kitten was alone and lost. But then a little girl, driving along the coast with her mother, saw two eyes shining brightly in the darkness. "I know who saw them!" says Charlotte, and together she and her mother describe a cold winter night by the sea, a lost kitten, and a brave rescue by moonlight.

Martin Waddell’s magical story and Christian Birmingham’s luminous paintings tell a warm and evocative tale—one sure to inspire young children to chronicle some of their own family adventures.

A little girl and her mother recall how a special kitten came into their lives one dark and stormy night.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Airy, light-infused chalk pastels illuminate this tender tale-within-a-tale of a girl, her mother and a stray rescued one cold, wintry night. Curled up in her house by the sea, Charlotte asks her mother to tell her again about that eventful night when, coming home in their car, the child was convinced she spied two bright eyes reflected in the headlights. At Charlotte's prodding, they searched for the creature and discovered a small white kitten that Charlotte named Moonlight (because "we'd never have found him without the moonlight"). Related entirely in dialogue, the story exudes all the warmth of a mother obliging her child's frequent interruptions and embellishments and showcases Waddell's (Owl Babies) keen ear for the natural ebb and flow of conversation. Birmingham's (A Baby for Grace) artistry evokes the loving bond between mother and daughter; the misty, softly shaded portraits are shot through with light, from the faint glow of a streetlight and silvery stream of moonlight on the sea to the cozy golden warmth of their home. Ages 3-6. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
What makes this picture book special, besides the artwork, is that the story is Charlotte's own, about a lost white kitten. "I'd like my story again," Charlotte said. "Which story?" asked Mommy. "The one I like best, about Moonlight and me," Charlotte said. "I thought that's the one it might be," Mommy said." Through an intimate conversation, Charlotte and Mommy tell the story of a lost kitten, Moonlight, and how they rescue him on a moonlit night on the rocks at the edge of the sea. With chalk pastel illustrations and lots of blue sky and sea, the intensity of the moonlight search is brought to life. The pictures create expressive reactions of both mother and child, as well as the vastness of the night near the sea. An endearing picture of Charlotte with her own drawing of Moonlight adorns the title page and will draw young listeners right into this perfect bedtime story about "Moonlight and Mommy and Me." 2001, Candlewick Press, $15.99. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Elaine Wick
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this warm reminiscence, a mother and her young daughter recall how a stray kitten came into their lives. As they sit together outside on a sunny day, both of them share in the telling of their favorite story. After returning home with her mother on a cold winter night, Charlotte caught a glimpse of something near the shore. She was unable to sleep and so the two of them went outside to search the beach, where they discovered a frightened white kitten crouching on a rock, illuminated only by the moonlight. They rescued him, cared for him, and named him Moonlight. Although the plot revolves around the lost animal, the book is really about the relationship between the mother and daughter. Charlotte loves telling the story because "it's about us-Moonlight and Mommy and me." The impressionist illustrations are rendered in chalk pastels. Subdued tones of blue and violet depict the night scenes, underscoring the cat's frightening predicament, while cheerful yellows and greens light the outdoor scenes and echo the mother and daughter's joy at their success. A lovely book for one-on-one sharing.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763611767
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1901
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Waddell says of A Kitten Called Moonlight, "This story was written because a little girl called Charlotte came to stay with us. She had a story
all about herself, which she had to be told again and again. Moonlight was the kitten I found one cold night on a rock by the edge of the sea, and I put Moonlight’s story and Charlotte together to make this book."

Christian Birmingham is considered one of Britain’s finest young illustrators. He received a degree in illustration from the Exeter College of Art. His most recent book with Candlewick Press, Wombat Goes Walkabout, was short-listed for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal (the British equivalent of the Caldecott Medal).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2005

    It's the best book

    This book is about a little girl and her mom. They were coming home from a party and the little girl saw something by the boats. Then later on in the story they checked and they saw a kitten. They named the kitten Moonlight because they couldn't have found it without the moonlight. I liked this book because it's very exciting and there's really great art. It's got really beautiful pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2001

    A HEARTWARMING STORY OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

    This is a story of unconditional love - a tiny lost kitten who needs it and a mother and daughter eager to give it. Charlotte loves to hear her mother tell the story of how they found their kitten, named 'Moonlight.' As the mother recounts the tale of going to the sea's edge on a blustery winter night, children will relate to the trust they place in their parents. Moreover, it is the tale of a mother and daughter, the love implicit in their relationship as the mother goes forward when the daughter insists that 'There's something down there by the sea. I know that there is.' Luminous moonswept illustrations by Christian Birmingham, a talented young British artist, heighten the impact of this warmly reassuring tale. It's a feel-good story for all.

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