A Big Mooncake for Little Star

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

Book - 2018
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Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cookie and, despite Mama's request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316404488
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Alternative Title: Star Baby


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Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2018.

Caldecott Honor

Way up in the night sky, Mama sets a mooncake out “to cool.” Before they go to sleep, Mama reminds Little Star not to nibble. But Little Star wakes up first and that mooncake looks so tasty. What harm can a little nibble do? Night after night, Little Star nibbles and nibbles until uh-oh! The moon... Read More »

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JCLAnneG Dec 02, 2020

This is such a whimsical book about the mischievous Little Star. The pictures are such fun to study for all the details. I fell in love with Grace Lin when I read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. I had no idea she was such a talented artist as well. Enjoy this moon story about a little girl, her stuffed rabbit, and the giant mooncake. I certainly did.

forbesrachel Feb 22, 2019

Up in the black night sky sits a Big Mooncake which Little Star's mama made. At a warning, the little girl in her star pajamas is told to not eat it. But who could resist such a scrumptious looking delight sitting there in its golden glory. So Little Star takes a bite before scampering off with her rabbit. This continues night after night because she reasons that there is no evidence. However, both the diminishing moon, and a trail of yellow crumbs sparkling in the dark point mama right to Little Star. Is this mother upset? No, she just takes her impish child in hand, and says lets make another. A Big Cake for Little Star is not only an adorably sweet portrayal of the relationship between mother and daughter, but it is also a delightfully whimsical explanation for the moon's phases. Because of its solid black backgrounds, the yellow and tans from the illustrations, and the white text sit out in a striking manner. The composition of the each page lends itself so well to the storytelling experience that it is also worth noting. It is most deserving of the Caldecott Honor award.

Nov 27, 2018

A Big Mooncake for Little Star offers so many things to delight in. I love how the girls black pajamas are seamless with the black background (sky). There is an inviting refrain that has that right touch of playful mischief. I can practically hear her flight as she races back to bed, crumbs trailing behind her, or the patter as she gets out of bed, (expressive) bunny in tow.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star is an experience in quiet joy, love, and beauty. It’s so good. Don’t wait for bedtime, and you’ll probably want to read it with cake.


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Dec 23, 2019

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