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Kitten's First Full Moon

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by Kevin Henkes
     
 

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The nationally bestselling picture book about a kitten, the moon, and a bowl of milk, written by the celebrated author and illustrator Kevin Henkes, was awarded a Caldecott Medal.

From one of the most celebrated and beloved picture book creators working in the field today comes a memorable new character and a suspenseful adventure just right for reading and

Overview

The nationally bestselling picture book about a kitten, the moon, and a bowl of milk, written by the celebrated author and illustrator Kevin Henkes, was awarded a Caldecott Medal.

From one of the most celebrated and beloved picture book creators working in the field today comes a memorable new character and a suspenseful adventure just right for reading and sharing at home and in the classroom. It is Kitten's first full moon, and when she sees it she thinks it is a bowl of milk in the sky. And she wants it. Does she get it? Well, no . . . and yes. What a night!

A brief text, large type, and luminescent pictures play second fiddle to the star of this classic picture book—brave, sweet and lucky Kitten! "Henkes's text, reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown's work in the elemental words, rhythms, and appealing sounds, tells a warm, humorous story that's beautifully extended in his shimmering, gray-toned artwork."—ALA Booklist

Winner of the Caldecott Medal, an ALA Notable Book, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
New York Times–bestselling author-illustrator Kevin Henkes delivers this lovable modern classic about a kitten who mistakes the full moon for milk.

Illustrated black-and-white (and in a remarkably different style from previous Henkes favorites like Wemberly Worried and Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse), this picture book follows Kitten as she attempts to get a sweet drink of that "little bowl of milk in the sky." As the moon glows overhead, Kitten first sticks out her tongue for a lick but gets a mouth full of firefly; tries leaping at the moon, only to take a tumble down the porch stairs; and then chases it, of course to no avail. But after climbing a tree gets her soaking wet, Kitten trots back home and finds a lucky surprise "just waiting for her."

Brilliant in its simplicity, Kitten's quiet little adventure is a perfect picture book that kids will eagerly lap up. The author's breathtaking gouache and shaded pencil artwork (with its thick black lines and masterful use of grays and white space) casts a nighttime coolness on the illustrations -- which, paired with easy text, results in a real warmhearted winner with a retro feel. Without a doubt, Kitten's debut is a must-have for every bookshelf. Matt Warner

The Washington Post
Henkes's black-and-white drawings (the colors of night, moon and milk) have an Asian subtlety and simplicity -- appropriately enough for a moon-obsessed cat. "What a night!" Kitten concludes. What a picture book! — Elizabeth Ward
The New York Times
In the classic children's-book convention, the story is succinctly told, pared down to a beginning, a middle and the end. The pictures fit the words perfectly, with equal amounts of simplicity and charm. As the title implies, there are two stars in this story: the moon, which doubles as a bowl of milk, and Kitten.—Karla Kuskin
Poor kitten! Thinking the full moon is a bowl of milk, she tries everything to reach it. But pursuing its reflection in a pond brings a soggy surprise. Children will giggle over the kitty's misguided efforts, rendered so expressively in shades of black, white, and gray. (Ages 2 to 4)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2004
Publishers Weekly
From their first glimpse of the title character, licking her front paw on the cover illustration, youngsters will find the star of Henkes's (Wemberly Worried) fetchingly simple story quite irresistible. When Kitten spies her first full moon, she thinks, "There's a little bowl of milk in the sky. And she wanted it." Yet when she closes her eyes and stretches her neck to lick the milk, Kitten instead ends up with a bug on her tongue. Next, she springs for the moon from the porch, and tumbles down the steps. Henkes's minimal narrative underscores the feline's drama with a refrain that encourages young listeners to chime in, "Poor Kitten!" After each such refrain, a white spread with a spot illustration of the kitten in the bottom left corner and the full moon in the upper right corner emphasize the feline's impossible dream: "Still, there was the little bowl of milk, just waiting." Horizontal scenes of Kitten's "chase" and vertical panels of the feline's climb up a tree to reach her prize make cinematic use of the spreads, rendered in variegated hues of black and white, in gouache and colored pencil. After all her trials, her own bowl of milk is waiting for her at home. The narrative and visual pacing will keep children entranced, and the determined young heroine and her comical quest will win them over. Ages 3-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-An irresistible offering from the multifaceted Henkes. The spare and suspense-filled story concerns a kitten that mistakes the moon for a bowl of milk. When she opens her mouth to lick the treat, she ends up with a bug on her tongue. Next, she launches herself into the air, paws reaching out for the object of her desire, only to tumble down the stairs, "bumping her nose and banging her ear and pinching her tail. Poor Kitten." Again and again, the feline's persistent attempts to reach her goal lead to pain, frustration, and exhaustion. Repetitive phrases introduce each sequence of desire, action, and consequence, until the animal's instincts lead her home to a satisfying resolution. Done in a charcoal and cream-colored palette, the understated illustrations feature thick black outlines, pleasing curves, and swiftly changing expressions that are full of nuance. The rhythmic text and delightful artwork ensure storytime success. Kids will surely applaud this cat's irrepressible spirit. Pair this tale with Frank Asch's classic Moongame (S & S, 1987) and Nancy Elizabeth Wallace's The Sun, the Moon and the Stars (Houghton, 2003) for nocturnal celebrations.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In a surprisingly new guise, Henkes turns his hand for his 34th book to a retro look, with rough-hewn, black-and-white illustrations that pair perfectly with this deceptively simply story. When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it. The coarse but masterfully controlled line with heavy black outlines contains vigor and exuberance, creating a spontaneous feeling. A keen sense of design uses double spreads and panels to depict the action and Kitten's puzzlement. Some spreads are almost all white space with dark shadows outlining Kitten and the moon. The style is reminiscent of Clare Newberry (Marshmallow, April's Kittens) without soft, fuzzy shapes, but artful in its gracelessness and naivete, just like a kitten. Simply charming. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060588281
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/02/2004
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
44,451
Product dimensions:
10.06(w) x 10.48(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
360L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Kevin Henkes has been praised both as a writer and as an illustrator. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Owen and Waiting; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Penny and Her Marble and for Waiting. His other books include Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

www.kevinhenkes.com

Kevin Henkes has been praised both as a writer and as an illustrator. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Owen and Waiting; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Penny and Her Marble and for Waiting. His other books include Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

www.kevinhenkes.com

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Madison, Wisconsin
Date of Birth:
November 27, 1960
Place of Birth:
Racine, Wisconsin
Education:
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Website:
http://www.kevinhenkes.com

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Kitten's First Full Moon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This a great little book for all cat lovers. The adorable kitten is having the night of her life. The black and white pictures add to the theme of the night. What a loveable, fun story.
victoria23VT More than 1 year ago
The adventure of the kitten is a great example of a child's curiosity. It's a reminder of how pure and innocent children are at this age and how wild their imaginations can be. By having the pictures in black and white the readers is given a more in deep look through the kitten's eyes. The illustrations also show how in a child mind everything is either black or white and there is no in between. I highly recommend this book.
LemaMichelle More than 1 year ago
Praise for Kitten! Super cute story about a curious and courageous kitten that is desperate to get her paws on that big bowl of milk in the sky that is actually a full moon. I love Henkes' repetition of "poor Kitty" to convey what a struggleKitten is going through to just get nourishment. And what a night! Kitten is hungry and persistent and very unlucky in trying to reach her ultimate goal. This is a great story about how one's persistence can truly get them what they want. Children of all ages will definitely relate to this as they know they'll eventually get what they want if they try hard enough. It's a great lesson and fabulous story. Kitten truly captured my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I initially bought this for my three year old daughter as a birthday gift and it is now one of her favorite books. The story is very simple but conveys lessons about disappointment and the rewards that can come (sometimes belatedly) from trying your hardest. The illustrations are beautifully done and very adorable. My six year old son (who loves Star Wars and super heroes and other "cool" stuff) will even sit through it when we read it together. I have since bought other copies as birthday gifts for girls in my daughter's preschool class. I would definitely recommend it, especially for preschool-age girls (or even boys).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a funny book that tells of a kitten that mistakes the moon for milk, much like many kids mistake the moon for cheese.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
Where to start -- What a book! The illustrations are simple, black and white, and oh-so-expressive. The story is simple, easy-to-follow, and oh-so-engaging. While &quot;Kitten&quot; is a completely different story, it reminded me of everything I loved about Sendak's &quot;Where The Wild Things Are&quot;. Best of all, &quot;Kitten&quot; is the perfect length book to read to my toddler at bedtime. What's not to love? -- What a book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for young cat lovers. The pictures (all black and white) are timeless.
CreativeKairu More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine sent me this and this story and my thoughts are is that; it's the most simplest yet has the most powerful meaning behind it. To me this book can be used to encourage not only a young child's perspective of how when you think you have done all you can do, you really have not, keep going for it, because what you seek is just around the corner. This is true for as adults too. I love this story and I will never forget.
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Stephanie_RSR More than 1 year ago
Kitten&rsquo;s First Full Moon was a unique yet highly delightful story. It isn&rsquo;t often that we see a book written and illustrated in only black and white, but I think it really stands out and from the traditional colored illustrations and really caught my attention. Kitten&rsquo;s First Full Moon is about a tiny, young kitten that is experiencing her first full moon, but has no clue what it is. Kitten graciously has mistaken the moon for a big bowl of milk, something she is familiar with. Kitten, with determination, tries everything possible to reach that big bowl of &lsquo;milk&rsquo; (the moon). After reading this story I can clearly see why it won the 2005 Caldecott Award for its illustrations, the pictures were captivating yet easy for children to reproduce. This story really represents that of a child&rsquo;s curiosity. With the easy reproducible pictures, children will enjoy trying to draw the pictures and creating their own story. Overall, this was a fun, cute and enjoyable read.
EmintheRain More than 1 year ago
This is a very cute story about a determined little kitty. My daughter loves cats and she loves this story about this little kitty's adventures.
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dadoftwo25 More than 1 year ago
Illustrated to draw your child's attention and written to appeal to their young senses, this book a destined to become a classic. Endearing and utterly readable, over and over again.
GiniPA More than 1 year ago
I love Kevin Henkes and the way he looks at the world! This book is simple yet full of life. A sweet story and comforting lesson in coming home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is quite entertaining - it was read at a children's story time. The children loved how the kitty was trying to reach for the 'milk' to find at the end the result may be disappointing but a surprise may happen for the hard work in trying to achieve the goal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
children will love the adventure this thirsty little kitten goes on to get to his bowl of milk
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This simple little story is perfect for holding the attention of an active 3 year old. It offers opportunities during reading for inflecting the mood of the Poor Kitten who just wants to drink her milk. It repeats certain short phrases so that the child can anticipate what's coming after the first read and then interject those phrases at just the right time, if given the opportunity. Each time I read this book to him, we remove the book cover and replace it when we are finished and my grandson treats this book as if it was very special ... and it is.
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virgo-gem67 More than 1 year ago
I got this for my 7 year old daughter. What a wonderful book! Not only does she love reading it herself but she loves to have me or her dad read it to her at bed time. A definite must for any child that loves kittens.
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momofthreeCA More than 1 year ago
The book is illustrated using only black and white. And is still interesting to look at. My 3 year old loves this book. The story is as cute as the pictures.
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