Friday, March 7, 2008

Book Review: Kitten’s First Full Moon

Like the similar tale, Where the Wild Things Are, this is a story with imagination and curiosity throughout and a warm meal prepared with love at the end. Predictable elements (“Still, there was the little bowl of milk, just waiting.”) are inserted between each misadventure of the little cat and punctuated by dark pencil drawings with thick, heavy marks. The cat’s facial gestures add punch to each page. The font chosen, Gill Sans Extra Bold in 22 glorious points, adds a second punch and echoes the lines of the illustrations. For children 2 to 6 years of age, this book will make either a wonderful introduction to or a pleasant diversion within the normally colorful sea of Caldecott Medal winners.