Can a counting book be a thriller? In the capable hands of Kate Read the answer is an emphatic YES.
The title page features paw prints, stealthily walking across the two-page spread and heading into... the first page and one famished fox. Page two zooms in on the face of said fox, shifty eyes focused on its prey. A single feather floating at the bottom of the page is a tantalizing hint as to what will follow.
The page turn confirms our suspicions.
Three plump hens.
The tension builds as readers follow the items enumerated on subsequent pages: snug eggs, silent steps, on ominous tapping, beady eyes shining in the darkness, and a set of sharp teeth.
Striking illustrations feature bold colors, textured paper collage, and interesting shapes accented with printed details. Design composition and carefully planned page turns make One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller a visual treat.
Read has elevated the simple counting book format to high drama. Debut author/artist Kate Read is one to watch.