Thursday, May 7, 2015

An Ambush of Tigers

 Cover image for An ambush of tigers : a wild gathering of collective nouns
An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns
by Betsy R. Rosenthal
illustrated by Jago
Millbrook Press, 2015. Picture Book

 A murder of crows, a flush of mallards; who came up with all the wacky collective nouns for different kinds of animals? In this fun new picture book Rosenthal weaves the collective nouns into a rollicking rhyming treat. Each of the couplets makes a pun using the collective noun.  "Does a pack of wolves load up bags for vacation?/Does a cast of hawks get a standing ovation?"  The rhymes are clever, and the meter is right on.  Jago's richly colored illustrations, painted on a textured canvas, are a good match for the text. Although the text is short enough for fairly young readers, the book would make a good read aloud for older grade-school-age kids as well.

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