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A Big Mooncake for Little Star

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  2,885 ratings  ·  636 reviews
A gorgeous picture book that tells a whimsical origin story of the phases of the moon, from award-winning, bestselling author-illustrator Grace Lin

Pat, pat, pat...

Little Star's soft feet tiptoed to the Big Mooncake.

Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she's not supposed to eat any yet! What happens when she can't resist a nibble?

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Hardcover, 34 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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A Cute beginning book about the moon. Why does the moon change shape each night? Is it because a mischievous little star is eating it night after night until they need to bake another one? Maybe.

I love Grace Lin’s artwork here. It’s almost all in black so the yellow of the moon pops off the page. The story is like having a dream. Grace said her idea for the story grew out of their families love of mooncakes.

The nephew liked this story and he thought it would be great to have a sugary treat that
Tina Haigler
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, kids
I loved this one! It was really sweet, and I thought it was a really creative take on the phases of the moon. My favorite thing about this book was the art. It was simply gorgeous! Each page was saturated with color, mostly black and yellow, giving it a very rich feel. I wish there were more books illustrated and colored this way. Needless to say, I highly recommend this to people of all ages.
Yes indeed, if I approach Grace Lin's Little Star not so much as an annoying little human child who obviously does not listen to her mother's admonishments about not consuming, about not touching that huge and obviously delicious big mooncake until her mother tells her to, and therefore keeps on nibbling at the mooncake on the sly night after night until there is nothing left, until the mooncake has disappeared, but rather do regard Little Star more as a mythological, trickster like entity, then ...more
La Coccinelle
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This is really cute and really different. It's a short, sweet (pun intended) take on an origin story about the phases of the moon. Little Star and her mother bake a Big Mooncake and the mother hangs it up in the sky and tells her daughter not to touch it. But, of course, Little Star can't sleep and thinks of nothing but going back for another nibble. Surely her mother won't notice if she just has a little bit of the Big Mooncake. But, eventually, the Big Mooncake is whittled away until it's noth ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Charming and child-centered, strikingly illustrated on an aptly black background (the starry yellow-on-black pajamas are brilliant, and I just love how the mooncake crumbs turn into stars). Grace Lin has a knack for inventing stories that feel like re-tellings of tales that have been handed down over generations. Classic.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This could be a fable about how the moon wanes. However, it does not explain the moon waxing. It's sweet to imagine a little girl disobeying her mother just a little bit each night but the mother seems to expect the disobedience, which feels unaddressed. I appreciate the negative space of the night sky illustrations. ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This has got to have been the cutest and most creative way that the lunar phases have been explained to me maybe … ever! I didn’t really read the synopsis before diving into this book, so it was a very pleasant surprise for me to discover what it was that this book was trying to teach! And this is definitely a way that I’d want to explain the moon phases to my children when (I have them and) they’re very small! I would perhaps tell them that they should listen to their mother a little better tha ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Jillian Heise
Lovely. Lin has created an original myth/origin story that enchants in both text and illustrations.
Dec 05, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2018, picture-books
The art is sublime--the black on black, the stars, the dust that becomes the it. Going on the shortlist for gifts for babies and kids. Better get a Caldecott too.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute book about the moon stages in which Little Star's mom bakes a big mooncake which Little Star gradually nibbles away. Illustrations show up well against the dark background. ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fairy-Tale Lovers / Grace Lin Fans
Little Star and her mama bake a delicious-looking mooncake in this original pourquoi story explaining how the phases of the moon came to be. Warned not to snack, Little Star goes obediently to bed, only to wake in the darkness of the night hungry. Slowly, over time, she nibbles away at the mooncake, until it is all gone. Then she and Mama must bake a new one...

Inspired by her love of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, which she explored more explicitly in her picture-book, Thanking the Moon: Celeb
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely story depicting the phases of the moon. Little Star's mom makes a delicious mooncake and asks Little Star not to eat it yet. Little Star agrees...but then at night, she gets hungry and the moon cake looks so good, so she takes a little nibble. The next night she takes another nibble. Each night, she eats a little more and as she does, the moon(cake) shrinks, until finally it is all gone. A fun way to introduce the phases of the moon. Really lovely illustrations! ...more
Chance Lee
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-it
Cute story and mooncakes are yummy.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: asian, concepts, stem
This is wonderful. One of the best new books I've read in a long time. ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5

Grace Lin's picturebook is a modern day origin myth of a waning moon. Talking about her book in the author’s note, Grace Lin explains that she “tried to imbue it with all the traits [she] associate[s] with the Moon Festival, [her favorite Asian holiday] - quiet joy, love, and beauty.” And that’s exactly what A Big Mooncake for Little Star turned out to be:

a) It's quiet and dreamy yet playfully joyful, imaginative, clever, and magical:

b) You can feel the love between Little Star and h
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-and-g
Loved this book!!! It's just beautiful and the yellow and black motif throughout is really different and pretty. I like the depiction of the moon changing shape and the monthly baking of the cake. The kid is delightful and the relationship with the mom is so sweet. It would already be five stars, but bonus points awarded for the two decorative bears at the beginning! ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Little Star and her mother bake a big mooncake together. When her mother palces the cake in the sky to cool, she reminds Little Star not to touch it until she is told to. Little Star agrees. Little Star gets ready for bed and falls right to sleep, but she wakes up in the middle of the night thinking about the mooncake. She only takes a tiny nibble and then runs back to bed. Night after night, Little Star eats a little bit more of the mooncake until finally all that was left was a tiny pile of tw ...more
This charming picture book has the flavor of a folk tale, but was created by the author to evoke the joy and love of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, her favorite Asian holiday. Using sweet, calming text and gorgeous illustrations with the yellow moon and the yellow stars on black clothing to tell the story of the cycles of the moon, this book is definitely a good one to share with young children as a bedtime story or with young readers as a read aloud. This could also be a nice mentor text to help ...more
Ms. B
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, mythology, honor, picture
Cute story about a little girl who snacks on a mooncake each night thus creating the phases of the moon.
I read this as a Mock Caldecott contender. Even though I I did not like this as much as many, it could win the Caldecott. The illustrations fit well with the text and author/illustrator Grace Lin has created a unique story that could become a bedtime classic to future generations.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love her use of black space. I love how nothing is tied down. Little Star and her mom are floating in an expanse of blackness and wonder. They are here and everywhere! Love their relationship. Love the mischief. Really nice one from Grace Lin.
It seems so unfair that Grace Lin is such an excellent writer and a talented artist as well. I love this story that feels so warm and timeless. I love that it's a sweet little myth of her own design that is based on her own kiddo and their shared love of mooncakes. ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A lovely and sweet picture book from Grace Lin! Bold and brilliant color palette, and comforting repetition. Like listening to a lullaby.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
a moon origin story?! Beautiful book
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful story to share with kids.
I want a mooncake!
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so impressed by this book. Definitely a must-read!
Villain E
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
A modern folktale about why the moon disappears bit by bit each night. (Does not explain why it comes back gradually also.) Cute and relatable. Not exactly encouraging good behavior, though.
Picture book2- Big Mooncake for Little Star was named a 2019 Caldecott Honor book. Grace Lin, assumingely writing about/for her own little star, beautifully captures a bond between a mother and daughter. Grace uses the moon, stars, and space as a general motif. This motif is highlighted in the illustration’s colors as the pages are black, the font is small and white, the mooncake is a bright yellow to represent the moon, and the crumbs that the “little star”/daughter leaves after stealing pieces ...more
Beautiful story about the phases of the moon. I loved the illustrations.
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