One fox A counting book thriller

Kate Read, 1978-

Book - 2019

An illustrated counting book in which one famished fox finds five snug eggs but must face three plump hens to get them.

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Atlanta, GA : Peachtree Publishing Company Inc 2019
First United States edition
Item Description
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2019 by Two Hoots, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers International Limited."
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Main Author
Kate Read, 1978- (author)
Review by Booklist Review

Mixed media, collage, and paintings illustrate the tale of a sly and very hungry fox who's scouting out his next meal. The conceptual counting book takes readers from 1 to 10, building toward the anticipated end only to offer a surprise. Each of the numbers has a double-page spread with a brightly colored number placed over a short description: One famished fox is accompanied by an picture of a red fox curled into a circle, looking off the page seemingly thinking about what to eat. He decides on three hapless hens for his dinner, but things don't go as expected, and at the story's conclusion, he becomes one frightened fox. The large pictures are delightful the fox's coat and the hens' feathers are collages of many colors and textures and offer humor as well as great technique. Both white and black backdrops show off the vivid, clear colors, and the featured numbers appear in various quadrants on the pages. Teamwork wins the day, and youngsters will cheer on the ultimately fearless fowl.--Maryann Owen Copyright 2019 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

This clever "thriller" might sound like a familiar tale: hungry fox vs. unsuspecting hens. But Read's playful twist on the story (akin to Pat Hutchins's Rosie's Walk) is also an amusing way to learn the numbers one through 10. It all begins with "one famished fox," craftily curled with a roguish look on his face. A suspenseful tone is set as his "two sly eyes" spot "three plump hens" (comically wide-eyed and feasting on worms), and the fox hatches a devious plan, portrayed in dynamic collage illustrations that economically express layers of emotion and comedy against nighttime spreads. After the hunter's "ten sharp teeth" make an appearance, things go sideways for the fox--and for the numerical order. This one wins for its subtle message of power in numbers. Ages 2--6. (Oct.)

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PreS-K--This stunning "counting book thriller" features a hungry fox and tasty hens. Each number appears on a spread. For example, the words "1 famished fox" appears opposite a brilliantly colored fox curled in on itself, eyes peering off the page toward an as yet unrevealed prize. The count continues as the fox slinks forward, obviously lurking behind "3 plump hens" heading toward their hen house. The fox, its "4 padding paws" shown in the top half of a spread, follows. With "6 silent steps" it seems to engulf the hen house, its exaggeratedly long tail curled in the foreground. It knocks, and a page turn reveals the googily eyes of the three hens and their predator, whose sharp teeth flash in the dark interior. Feathers fly, the fox opens its wide mouth, and all seems lost until page turns provide welcome relief. Not three, but 100 "angry hens" chase the fox right back to being "1." Collage and paint in the mixed media illustrations create the various red-orange-gold hues of the fox's dazzling coat. White backgrounds give way to dark ones as the suspense builds. A striking double bleed depicts multicolored hens, their pursuit continuing onto the next page, where the fox appears as a tiny horizontal blur. VERDICT Just the right amount of tension, delicious vocabulary such as "sly," "plump," "famished," and "snug," and alliterative phrases make this a first purchase for group and one-on-one sharing. Count on requests for many readings.--Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Cambridge, MA

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Horn Book Review

As "one famished fox" stalks "three plump hens," readers count from one to ten (with a dramatic jump to one hundred at the end). The book's uncluttered opening spreads feature ample white space, which accentuates the sense of menace-particularly on the chilling "two sly eyes" spread, which shows the fox crouching on the verso and only a feather on the recto. There's also a spread in which we see only the fox's "four padding paws" in a narrow horizontal illustration, with a block of white space beneath it. But then an inky black dominates the spreads as the tension builds and the fox sneaks to the henhouse at night ("five snug eggs"; "six silent steps"). Each spread features a numeral in large type, which is also spelled out, and some spreads include multiple things to count: on the "seven" spread, for example, viewers can count seven stars in the night sky, while the fox taps seven times on the henhouse door. Debut author Read writes with pleasing alliteration, including on the closing spread where we see the formerly "famished" fox become a "frightened" fox after one hundred angry hens chase him away. Pay attention to the endpapers-the opening ones feature a series of fox paws (and the grinning fox); the closing ones feature safe, sleeping hens-and you know that all will end well (unless you're the defeated fox). As the book's subtitle indicates, counting was never so thrilling. Julie Danielson November/December 2019 p.73(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

A hungry, sneaky fox silently approaches a henhouse and gets the surprise of its life.A farmyard serves as the setting for a counting book, with each numberone per double-page spreaddepicting how a ruddy, crimson fox with a long, flowing tail closes in on its prey. "1 / One famished fox." The fox curls on recto, pupils directed at the page turn. "2 / Two sly eyes." The fox's face dominates the verso, eyes focused on a single feather on recto. "3 / Three plump hens." The fearsome action builds and darkens as the fox's proximity increases until it is inside. "8 / Eight beady eyes" presents the shadowy outlines of three large hens with white worrying eyes looking at the fox's head, also shadowed, with white menacing eyes and sharp fangs. "9 / Nine flying feathers // 10 / Ten sharp teeth" gives the impression of a fatal conclusion. But turn the page, and amid the scurry and scuffle of feathers flying and hens running, strength in numbers prevails. "100 / One hundred angry hens" startle and chase away "1one frightened fox." In a manner reminiscent of Pat Hutchins' Rosie's Walk (1967), the intrigue and story arc are communicated visually while the counting progresses. Lovely, potent, brightly colored illustrations in a combination of textured collage and paint against white space transition to a dark, moonlit backdrop. Little ones will eagerly count in subsequent readings as they also learn new descriptive vocabulary and cheer for the brave hens.A classic scenario flips the script in this engrossing adventure. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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