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Kitten's First Full Moon

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  22,997 ratings  ·  2,210 reviews
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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 2nd 2004 by Greenwillow Books
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Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this delightful story of one precious kitten’s capers as she homes in on what she believes to be a tasty bowl of milk, only to be met with disappointment. Her determination doesn’t wane and eventually she finds what she desires in the best place of all. The story really captures the spirit of a kitten, playful, inquisitive, and cute!
I love the utter simplicity of this story. There was so much joy reading it and finding so much humor at a kitten who thinks the moon is a bowl of milk. Each page can kill you with cuteness. The art work continues the theme of simple. It looks like he outlined everything with a sharpie or just black ink and then shaded with charcoal. It is interesting. We all get to share in the innocence of the kitten for a short time. The story is written for 2-5 year olds and the book really works on that lev ...more

I have been reading Kevin Henkes’ works ever since I was a child and every one of his children’s books always featured mice as the main characters. Well, imagine my surprise when I finally found a book by Kevin Henkes that was about a cat! “Kitten’s First Full Moon” is a Caldecott Medal award winning book by Kevin Henkes and it is about a small kitten who tries to grab a bowl of milk in the sky (the moon!) “Kitten’s First Full Moon” is a truly cute book that every child would definitely love for
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Simple, sweet story with Caldecott-winning cuddly charcoal style artwork about a kitten who, in her wide-eyed innocence, mistaken a full moon for a bowl of milk. The ensuing adventure is full of mistakes and disappointment but a welcome treat is waiting for her at the end of it all!
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like many other Caldecott books, this could also succeed without the words, but in this case they're so lovely to read (and hear) aloud that they enhance the story, imo. Of course I'm already a fan of Henkes and so am predisposed to enjoy this, but I do believe I'd love it even if I hadn't known the author already.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
What a lot of adventures an unsupervised kitten can have!
Sarah Sammis
Apr 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2009, pc
Kittens First Full Moon is written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes and is a Caldecott Medal Winner (2005). In black and white line drawings it tells the story of a young kitten out to explore during a full moon. Unfortunately for the young cat the moon looks like a big bowl of cream.

The illustrations are done in the style of a graphic novel or manga. They are bold, expressive and could easily carry the story without the text. Sometimes my daughter just likes to leaf through the book to admire th
Scott Rhee
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
My daughter loves "Kitten's First Full Moon", and what's not to love? Kevin Henkes's adorable picture book is about a kitten who sees a bowl of milk in the sky and tries to drink from it. In actuality, it's a full moon, and the kitten's attempts to capture it result in ever-increasing troubles and misadventures. Thankfully, it ends on a high note.

Henkes, who also writes young adult fiction, is apparently an award-winning writer and illustrator of children's picture books as well. This particular
Robert Davis
Caldecott Medal (2005)

I really wonder about the selection process of the Caldecott award. Is there a specific set of criteria in choosing a winner? This book, much like the 2012 Caldecott winner, "A Ball for Daisy," is a nice enough picture book with a pleasant story that young children will appreciate. But, it isn't especially remarkable.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so very much. The story is about a cute, innocent-minded kitten who mistakes the moon for a bowl of milk. This naive kitten captured my heart through the authors illustrations of imagination and curiosity that reminds me of my kitten at home. This story is one that I will definitely read to my children in the future.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very cute story. The kids loved it!
Casey Brock
Nov 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Grade Level: (K-1) Beginning K would be able to listen and then eventually read and 1 would be able to read independently.

Henkes uses interesting artistic angles in the story. His lack of color provides a nice night time atmosphere. It allows the reader to focus mainly on the kitten and the moon, the two basic things in the story. Also, the moon seems to grow and get larger each page as the kitten appears to try to get closer to the moon. The thick blank lines give the story a child-like, fun a
Veronica Baldwin
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes was such an adorable book! I love reading Caldecott awarded books because I always know I am going to be reading a great book. Kitten's First Full Moon was about a kitten who thought the full moon was a bowl of milk and was doing everything in its power to get to the moon. The kitten tried so hard to get to the moon, but every attempt failed. You started to feel bad for the poor hungry kitten, but in the end all of the kittens efforts were awarded when sh ...more
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, fiction, american
Things I liked:
-kittens (duh)
-expressive, thick, black and white illustrations
-very cute-funny
-the kitten's experiences figuring out what something new is (thinking the full moon is a bowl of milk) is also an experience kids have
-the repetition of "poor kitten" which is really fun to say and then the change to "lucky kitten"
-the repetition of the quest to get it, then "still, there was the little bowl of milk, just waiting"
Kaethe Douglas
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So pretty, so simple. It's a lovely book. (I really loved it. The kids liked it)
Mel Ann
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My baby absolutely loved this book. He swore to help Kitten out of the tree. And he laughed at all the trouble that she went through imagining the bowl of milk. A great bed time story.
Kinley Kaelin
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was amazing! I think this would be an awesome way to show that what you’re looking for is usually right there by you. Patience is key. The illustrations in this book are remarkable.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect book for fun and giggles.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.8 stars

I first read this picture book as an

The illustrations are nice and attractive
and appropriate. Actually, they are
quite beautiful in a way.

The storyline is good--not great.
The fact that the illustrations are
in black and white really works for this
particular book. Color illustrations
would really not work in this book.

I thought this storybook was good--
not great. If I had read it when I was
younger it probably would have appealed
to me more. I think that most young
children would
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Super cute story my niece is a nephews love this book
Amanda Toombs
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Picture book—Other

Summary: A kitten sees her first full moon one night and believes it is a bowl of milk. She tries extremely hard to get what she thought was the milk but only fails time after time. Upset, the little kitten goes back home, where there is a bowl of milk waiting for her.
a. As being a picture book and a 2005 Caldecott winner, of course the greatest strength of this book is the black and white illustrations. These illustrations are very different from any of the
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Have you ever wanted anything that is just a little out of your reach? If so, “Kitten’s First Full Moon” is the perfect book for you. This children’s picture book is about a little kitten that sees its first full moon. The kitten believes the moon is a bowl of milk and will go to great lengths to get the milk. As you can imagine, the kitten encounters some difficulties in this task. Henkes uses both humor and sensitivity to tell this story about a lovable kitten.

My understanding of the overall
Teneka Howland
Nov 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
(Pre-K - 1st grade)

I really enjoyed the simplicity of this book. The text was big and easy to read. The simple repetition of this book made some parts predictable. The author's use of dynamic balance was visible throughout the book as well. The pictures in this book were made using many simple, geometric shapes. I think that the author's choice of black and white pictures complimented this book well. There were also parts in the story where each step kitten made was detailed in the pictures. Thi
In the humorous book Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes we follow kittens journey through the night in the quest to reach a bowl of milk. This book is great for beginning readers, or anyone who loves cats!
Aly Gutierrez
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
• Book summary
-This story is about a kitten that saw a full moon for the first time. She believed the moon was a bowl of milk. She tried and tried to reach the bowl of milk, with no luck. After jumping into a reflection made in water, she gave up and walked home. She returned home and was thrilled to see a little bowl of milk waiting for her.

• Caldecott Medal

• Grade level, interest level, Lexile

• Appropriate classroom use (subject area)
-This story can be used to teach children to never gi
Jaclyn Giordano
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes was the 2005 Caldecott Medal winner. I gave this book five stars. This picture book is intended for readers from preschool to grade two but its themes are universal. The book follows kitten in her many attempts to find that big bowl of milk, which happens to be the moon. She runs, she jumps, she climbs, but to no avail. However, when finally returning home, she finds that dish of milk waiting for her, and she is happy. This book symbolizes our determinat ...more
Rachel Lizan
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
Description: Kitten witnesses her first full moon and beings a quest to catch what she thinks is a giant bowl of milk in the sky.

Genre: This picture book is fiction

Intended Audience: Preschool - 1st Grade

Curriculum Connection: Because of the obstacles and surprises that kitten faces, I would use this book to show children how to make predictions. As each new situation presents itself to kitten, I would stop and have students guess the outcome. After the first few, their predictions will become m
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I found this book through the ALSC Website. It was the winner of the Caldecott Medal and the Charlotte Zolotow Award. The story starts off with a kitten that sees a full moon for the first time and thinks it is a big bowl of milk. Determined to drink the milk, Kitten tries many different ways to get to it such as sticking out her tongue, jumping, or chasing it. In the end the exhausted kitten does not get the milk in the sky but comes back home to a nice big bowl of milk.

Kevin Henkes breaks awa
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kitten’s First Full Moon is about a kitten that mistakenly thinks the full moon is a big bowl of milk; after several tries that all end in disappointment; kitten finds a happy ending waiting for her after all. Readers will quickly become enamored by kitten in this charming and entertaining book about determination, disappointment, and finally reward. The illustrations are all black and white consisting of bold outlines paired with light to heavy shading. Some of the illustrations are done using ...more
Taylor Hart
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ed-204-books
Kitten's First Full Moon is a book written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. This book received a Caldecott Award. The book is about a kitten who experiences the first full moon of her life. While outside Kitten spots the moon in the sky and believes it to be a bowl of milk. She makes several attempts to get her tongue into it but fails (& falls!) Kitten sees the milk still sitting in the darkness so she makes a leap for it. She stumbles to the ground and hurts herself in multiple areas. Kitten v ...more
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Kevin Henkes became an author/illustrator when he was nineteen years old, working on a card table in his bedroom.
Today he's the author of many award-winning picture books and novels.

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