One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller

Ages: 2 - 6Publisher: Peachtree Publishers Author/Illustrator: Kate Read


Author/illustrator Kate Read debut children’s book is a stunner. The cover’s vibrant colors, the intriguing title, the promise of a “thriller” – in a children’s picture book, no less — and the swooping, sly, ever-so-slight grin of the title animal draws readers in. The rest of the book wows.

A fox is silently on the prowl. 3 plump hens. 5 snug eggs. 10 sharp teeth – oh no! It’s adding up to trouble. But in the end, let’s put it this way: chicks rule. What better message can there be?

Deftly written in simple counting fashion with dynamic, striking mixed media (collage and painting) illustrations on every page, this book is one you’ll be hoping your child requests for many nights to come.

Ann Oldenburg ©2019 Parents’ Choice

Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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