Kitten's First Full Moon

written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Kitten sees her first full moon and tries to get what she thinks it's a bowl of milk in the sky. Gorgeous black-and-gray illustrations won the 2005 Caldecott Medal.

The simple story concerns a kitten that mistakes the moon for a bowl of milk. When she opens her mouth to lick the treat, she ends up with a bug on her tongue.  Again and again, her attempts to reach her goal lead to pain, frustration, and exhaustion. Repetitive phrases introduce each sequence of desire, action, and consequence, until the animal's instincts lead her home to a satisfying resolution.

Done in a charcoal and cream-colored palette, the understated illustrations feature thick black outlines, pleasing curves, and swiftly changing expressions that are full of implications. The illustrations were awarded the 2005 Caldecott Medal.