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Boo! A Fishy Mystery

Written by Kate Read

Illustrated by Kate Read

Early Years Adventure Stories Stories about Animals

LoveReading View on Boo! A Fishy Mystery

A glorious underwater adventure

Boo! A Fishy Mystery is a veritable feast of colour by the picture book talent that is Kate Read. Boo! follows up her award-winning One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller and is another triumph. The unique way she builds her creations is just stunning with a mixture of collage, printing and drawing, creating layers of beautifully coloured texture and detail. It's one big stroke-able underwater triumph. As we follow the tiny pink fish on his adventures, we meet a host of sea creatures as the cheeky character causes chaos in the deep. The multi-coloured mayhem is marvellous with Kate's illustrations really bringing the emotions of the fish to life in a funny and vibrant way.


The LoveReading LitFest invited Kate to the festival to talk about Boo!

You can view the event by subscribing to the LitFest programme for as little as £6 per month - or you can pay per view. For just £2, go, see Kate in conversation with MD Deborah Maclaren and find out why every child will love this book.

Check out a preview of the event here.


More About This Book

Kate joined the LoveReading LitFest to talk about her stunning picture's a taster..

"Life is a long journey and we’re all told to  make decisions early on when we’re quite young, but we don’t actually know until we’ve done a few things… It’s a huge privilege to make picture books for kids.”

“Boo was an idea that then I had to grow into the text.  I spent a lot of time making the images, and drawing the images, and then thinking about what these fish might be saying to each other. And that helped me to grow the story out of it.  So I knew what the story was but then I had to find what they were saying by playing with drawing.”

You can hear Kate's interview in full at

Boo! A Fishy Mystery Synopsis

Boo!: A Fishy Mystery is a glorious underwater adventure from the creator of the award-winning One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller, featuring a host of sea creatures from an orange crab to a green turtle, a yellow eel and even a purple puffer fish.

It all begins with one tiny pink fish who sets off a chain reaction of chaos beneath the waves until suddenly - SNAP! - she finds herself all alone in the ocean. Where has everyone gone, and how can such a tiny creature rescue her friends?

Kate Read's stunning illustrations are as rich and bright as an aquarium of tropical fish and readers will love following the trail of colourful creatures through to the surprise ending. There's even a page at the end showing you how to mix your own colours.

Boo! A Fishy Mystery Press Reviews

The exquisite illustrations will captivate children - there's even a guide at the end showing you how to mix your own colours. - North Norfolk Living

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529049534
Publication date: 15th April 2021
Author: Kate Read
Illustrator: Kate Read
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 36 pages
Year Groups: Early Years
Topics: Adventure Stories, Animals

About Kate Read

Kate Read is a graduate from the prestigious MA in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Her luscious artwork is a mixture of collage, printing and drawing, creating layers of beautiful texture and detail.

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