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KITTEN’S FIRST FULL MOON by Kevin Henkes Kirkus Star


by Kevin Henkes & illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: March 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-058828-4
Publisher: Greenwillow

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 naïveté, just like a kitten. Simply charming. (Picture book. 3-5)