Today we have a book for little ones, reviewed by Wendy…
A Zeal of Zebras: An Alphabet of Collective Nouns by Woop Studios
An embarrassment of pandas, a galaxy of starfish, a shiver of sharks…these are all collective nouns – terms used to describe a group. Woop Studios has illustrated these quirky phrases, creating a series of truly stunning art that has been collected here for the first time. The colourful introduction to animals and the alphabet is accessible for young children, while the whimsical art and clever word play make it perfect for design-savvy parents and hip gift givers. Longer than the standard picture book, with high design and production values, this is the kind of picture book readers will want on their coffee tables in addition to their child’s book shelf.
This is an alphabet book but with a difference as each is a collective noun for a collection of animals. Some of these such as a caravan of camels are well known but others such as a pandemonium of parrots and a an embarrassment of pandas sound as if they are made up but apparently they are all real collections if in some cases rarely used.
Woop Studios is a collective of four friends united by a love of graphic design, words and image. This can be seen vividly in the book as it is beautifully illustrated with prints for each letter of the alphabet. The prints can be purchased as actual limited edition prints, and were produced before the book was written.
This is not a story book but a book of facts about each animal the book features a page of writing for each letter of the alphabet together with the related print. The facts contained in each are informative such as king cobras are able to produce poisonous venom from the moment they hatch and that a zebra’s stripes are as unique as human fingerprints.
I found this book very interesting and beautiful to look at and even found myself reading it when the children weren’t around! I would certainly recommend it as a very superior alphabet book. This book would also be a good one for schools to use when studying animals as it gives an interesting fact on each animal.
Thanks, Wendy, and thanks to Chronicle Books for sending us a copy to review. It’s here for you to buy now….