Image: An orange fox in profile against a teal background slyly glances at the reader. Text: "One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller. Kate Read."

KidLit Book Review: One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller by Kate Read


Synopsis

One hungry fox with two sly eyes is on the prowl…three plump hens had better watch out!


Details

  • Title: One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller
  • Author/Illustrator: Kate Read
  • Cover Artist: Kate Read
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
  • ISBN: 1682631311
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2019
  • For Ages: 2-6
  • Category: Picture Book
  • Spooky-Scary or Spooky-Fun? 🎃 Fun.

I’d like to thank Peachtree Publishing Company for providing a copy via Edelweiss+ for review consideration.


Review

One Fox lives up to its name as a true thriller and shows just how effective an art form the picture book can be. Debut author-illustrator Kate Read employs an impressive range of dramatic blacks and makes expert use of negative space to create a dynamic, engaging narrative. This is a suspenseful, creative counting book that dazzles with beautiful artwork and brilliantly economical storytelling.

Image: On the left, an orange fox looks toward the right page with a determined expression. On the right, a teal feather sits against a white background under text that reads "2 Two sly eyes."
Image: On the left, an orange fox looks toward the right page with a determined expression. On the right, a teal feather sits against a white background under text that reads “2 Two sly eyes.”
Image: Three multicolored hens peck at worms. Text: "3 Three plump hens."
Image: Three multicolored hens peck at worms. Text: “3 Three plump hens.”

Children will love counting along with each thrilling page, and they will delight at the story’s climax, which explodes with color and subtly shows the power of bravery and teamwork. I can’t recommend this clever, sophisticated book highly enough – with its striking art and compelling plot, it’s sure to be a storytime favorite.


Rating

This is one of my new favorite picture books. I give it 5 out of 5 coffins.

5 Coffins


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