Friday, February 8, 2019

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Grace Lin. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Little Star's mama laid the Big Mooncake onto the night sky to cool. "Now, Little Star," Mama said, "your Mooncake took us a long time to take, so let's see if you can make it last awhile. Can you remember not to touch this Big Mooncake until I tell you to?" "Yes, Mama!" Little Star said, nodding.

Premise/plot: Will Little Star be able to resist nibbling on her mooncake? Or will this mooncake get smaller and smaller and smaller with each passing night?

My thoughts: The book description calls this a 'whimsical origin story' for the phases of the moon. As such I suppose it works well enough--at least for most readers. On GoodReads, 80% of the ratings are four or five stars.

How did I feel about this one? Honestly, I can't say I loved the story or the illustrations. (For the record, I can't say that I hated the story or the illustrations either.) Indifference is the word that comes to mind. I just didn't find his Caldecott Honor book to be engaging. But as I've said a thousand times in the past--why not make it a thousand and one--picture books are super-super subjective. What one person loves and adores another person just doesn't get.

Text: 3 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Total: 6 out of 10

© 2019 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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