‘A Pandemonium of Parrots and other animals,’ by Hui Skipp.

Are you a literacy lover, a word wizard or an animal admirer?  Then I have the picture book for you!

Absolutely crammed full with a whole menagerie of collective nouns for some of your favourite animals, ‘A Pandemonium of Parrots and other animals’ is a visual delight from start to finish.

No common herds of cows or flocks of sheep here!  We have: (my personal favourite) a flamboyance of flamingos, a sloth of bears and an ambush of tigers prowling the pages of this brilliant book.

I also love the rhyming descriptions of the creatures which introduce some fabulous vocabulary.  Guess the creature: ‘Their gleaming  armour shimmers bright, while fragile wings prepare for flight,’ (scroll to the bottom of this post for the answer.)

Another great feature of this book is the range of questions on the pages, designed get young readers and their adults engaging with the text and discussing its contents.  There’s also more detailed descriptions of the animals at the back for older readers and some extra ‘can you find…?’ creatures hidden lurking as well.

A totally glorious celebration of the animal kingdom – highly recommended!

Right, I’m off to barricade my house against an oncoming army of frogs who have been working in league with a power-crazed conspiracy of lemurs!

Library Girl (and a library of books.)

ANSWER: A Pride of Beetles.

*Thank you to Big Picture Press for sending me this book to review*

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