A Counting Book Thriller
by Kate Read
Peachtree, 2019. 32 pages.
Review written December 9, 2019, from a library book
2019 Sonderbooks Stand-out: #4 in Picture Books
I always enjoy counting books. Nothing helps a kid learn numbers better. But it’s nice when the book adds a little something to make it more interesting than just the numbers. This “Counting Book Thriller” actually tells an exciting story.
It’s all simple – and will give little ones so much to talk about to tell the adult reader about all the subtext. You can even think of this as a wordless picture book – with numbers, though there are a few words. But the story is in the pictures.
The first numbers are:
One famished fox
Two sly eyes
Three plump hens
Four padding paws
Five snug eggs
Oh, but the pictures! There’s nothing routine about them.
I’m going to save this book for a preschool storytime. You want the kids to be interested in the counting and also be able to infer what the famished fox wants with those plump hens.
There is a surprise ending, and a note at the book reassures us: “No hens or foxes were harmed in the making of this book.”
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