A Paddling of Ducks: Animals in Groups from A to Z

Marjorie Blain Parker, Author, Joseph Kelly, Illustrator
Marjorie Blain Parker, Author, Joseph Kelly, Illustrator , illus. by Joseph Kelly. Kids Can $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-55337-682-8
Reviewed on: 03/08/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010
Show other formats
FORMATS

This ABC book provides a delightfully offbeat introduction to collective nouns, featuring groups of animals at a Riviera-like resort locale with palm trees and a seaside Ferris wheel. An “army of Ants” closes in on an anteater's doughnuts (he's too busy with his laptop and coffee to notice), while a “bloat of Hippos” work out on exercise bikes. Even better than learning some of the unusual ways to refer to multiple animals is the way Kelly's soft-focus oil and acrylic paintings riff on the terms themselves. Thus, a “gang of Elk” and “skulk of Foxes” look appropriately rowdy, and a “labor of Moles” in hardhats are seen doing excavation work. The anthropomorphic animals feel anatomically authentic, but with exaggerated joie de vivre to spare. Ages 4–7. (Mar.)

The Best Books, Emailed Every Week
Tip Sheet!
MORE BOOKS YOU'D LIKE
X