Book Reviews

Book Review: A BIG Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

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Genre: Picture Book, Asian Lit
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐1/2
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: A gorgeous picture book that tells a whimsical origin story of the phases of the moon, from award-winning, bestselling author-illustrator Grace Lin

Pat, pat, pat…

Little Star’s soft feet tiptoed to the Big Mooncake.

Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she’s not supposed to eat any yet! What happens when she can’t resist a nibble?

In this stunning picture book that shines as bright as the stars in the sky, Newbery Honor author Grace Lin creates a heartwarming original story that explains phases of the moon.


My Review: A BIG Mooncake for Little Star is a cute story that teaches children about the phases of the moon in a unique, illustrated way.

A mooncake is a traditional Chinese dessert eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival. They look super delicious, so it’s understandable why Little Star couldn’t resist eating it.

The artwork is the true star of the story (pun intended). The background of these full-spread pages are black and the color palette kept to a few colors. The mooncake looks just like a pretty moon. As Little Star continues to nibble at the mooncake, you get a view of the phases of the moon.

I like the double meaning of words and how the crumbs resembled a scattering of stars in an ink-black sky. I kind of didn’t like how Little Star and her mother’s pajamas – black with big, yellow stars – blended into the background, but I understand that artistic decision to further emphasize the theme.

Overall, a neat story that’ll leave you hungry for some tasty treats.

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