Have you ever mistaken an object for something other than what it truly is? That is exactly what happens to sweet, hungry and unlucky Kitten in Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes. She mistakes the first full moon she has ever seen for a big bowl of milk in the sky. She tries numerous methods to capture the bowl of milk, such as pouncing, chasing, and climbing a tree to reach it, but all attempts lead to dismal results. Then, Kitten becomes overwhelmed with excitement when she believes she has found an even bigger bowl of milk in the pond. Not realizing it is the full moon’s reflection in the water, Kitten leaps into the pond and gets soaked! Throughout the story Kitten is relentless. As the author says multiple times in the book “still, there was the little bowl of milk, just waiting” and Kitten is determined to get it. Readers will delight in Kitten’s unrestrained and enthusiastic spirit.
The pictures are simple black and white drawings that evoke excitement and emotion as the reader follows Kitten’s adventure. The kitten’s eyes are very expressive when she is unsuccessful in getting her bowl of milk such as when she is on top of the tree, too scared to come down, or when she gets soaked in the pond.
The book has simple text which is written in big, bold, black font. The repetitive phrases throughout the book will surely please and excite young readers. The combination of the minimal, animated pictures with the humorous, simple text is perfectly matched and sure to be a crowd pleaser. A charming story from start to finish this book will certainly win the hearts of its audience. The question remains though, will Kitten ever get her bowl of milk?