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One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller



by
Kate Read

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Peachtree Publishers
Imprint
Peachtree
ISBN
9781682631317

Awards and Honors
Ezra Jack Keats Award Illustrator Honor Book 2019
2020 Mathical Award Winner
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One hungry fox with two sly eyes is on the prowl…three plump hens had better watch out! Rich and colorful illustrations plunge the reader into a dramatic and exciting story set in a moonlit farmyard. With something different to count on each page, learning to count from one to ten has never been so thrilling! This surprisingly simple counting book with a gripping tale, great for early education and read-alouds, has a hugely satisfying ending that's sure to delight generations.

Full-color mixed-media illustrations created with collage and painting.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

36

Trim Size

10 x 10

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

NP

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2020

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Foxes. Chickens. Counting. Eggs.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

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. 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.

Horn Book

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 open¬ing 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.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

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. 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.

Horn Book

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 open¬ing 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.

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