Kitten’s First Full Moon

Tenacious Kitten wants that bowl of milk.  The problem: what she thinks is milk is really the moon.  So like Harold, Kitten follows the moon through several mishaps until wet and disillusioned, she returns home to find someone has been watching out for her after all.  And they’ve left her a bowl of milk.  

Kevin Henkes’ illustrations shine with a limited palette that focus on light and dark. Pictures and words match beautifully, with sequential art on several pages.  Use these panels to talk about first, next, last or copy, cut and paste the pictures in order.



About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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3 Responses to Kitten’s First Full Moon

  1. Love this book! Have you read his last two in this style? My Garden and Old Bear, though he has just recently come out with another one about rabbits, we don’t have it at the library yet. I really like My Garden, it is a funny take on what a child would want in a perfect garden, with perfect candor.

    • I do love Kevin Henke’s picture books, although the two you mentioned are more colourful than Kitten’s First Full Moon, correct? I’ll check them out more thoroughly soon. Thanks for your comment and recommendations.

  2. They are more colorful, but more similar in style then his mouse picture books.

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