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  • Author: Kevin Henkes
  • Award year: 2005
  • Kitten's First Full Moon

    Henkes employs boldly outlined organic shapes and shades of black, white, and gray with rose undertones on creamy paper to tell a simple story of a kitten who mistakes the moon for a bowl of milk. The moon, the flowers, the fireflies' lights, and the kitten's eyes create a comforting circle motif. The gouache and colored-pencil illustrations project a varied page design that rhythmically paces the spare text.