Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes who is known both for childrens books and for books written for young adults (such as the Newberry Honor Book “Olive’s Ocean”),”Kitten’s First Full Moon” is the delightful story of Kitten, the aptly named feline who is perpetually on a quest to get to that ever elusive saucer of milk. Along the way, Kitten mistakes all sorts of things for his prize. When attempting to steal a lick from the moon for example, a bug ended up on the perplexed Kitten’s tongue.
Winner of the 2005 Caldecott Medal as well as the Bulletin Blue Ribbon and the Charlotte Zolotow Award, “Kitten’s First Full Moon” is well deserving of the accolades both for its beautiful illustration as well as the simplicity of the lessons it imparts. As far as picture books go this may be dismissed early on for a lack of color (it is done in simple charcoals and creams), but what it lacks in color it more than makes up for with lush and sweeping imagery and a lesson on the value of the unstoppable spirit. Children will enjoy the adventures in “Kitten’s First Full Moon” and will delight when Kitten ultimately gets what it was after all along.
Author illustrator Kevin Henkes has a unique and wonderful perspective as evidenced by his incredible and ever increasing body of work. With quality like this, here’s hoping he will be in the business of writing books for children for years to come!