An Ambush of Tigers

An Ambush of Tigers

A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns

Book - 2015
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"Have you ever heard of a prickle of porcupines? Or a tower of giraffes? What about a parcel of penguins? This ... romp through the animal kingdom introduces collective nouns for animals through wordplay"
Publisher: Minneapolis : Millbrook Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9781467714648
Branch Call Number: E 372.61 R81A
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Jago


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Mar 22, 2019

Beautiful illustrations and a fun collection of vignettes that help little ones build their vocabulary!

Mar 07, 2018

The book is a good way to introduce new vocabulary and the pictures offer a good representation of the words used-it includes a group of the animals being described as well as a visual clue to show the double meaning of some of the words.

I also liked that the book had a glossary at the back with the differing definitions (example from the glossary "Ambush (Tigers): An attack from a hiding place” (page 36) so children can see what the term for the group of animals is as well as the other definition for the words.

VaughanPLSarahN Apr 11, 2017

Colourful images illustrate some terrific wordplay as readers are introduced to the many names used for groups of animals. The illustrations sometimes reveal how odd the names really are.

FindingJane Jan 06, 2016

Filled with venery terms and whimsical pictures, “An Ambush of Tigers” provides helpful visual hints to remembering hunting phrases that will no doubt be strange for unknowing children. The joy comes in the funny pictures and cunningly adding to a child’s vocabulary. The kid is getting a language lesson without even knowing it. Brilliant!

However, much like a similar book, “Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish?”, “Ambush” provides even adults with something that they never knew. The illustrations for this book are flatter, without the lurid vibrancy of “Smack”. But they veer further into the surreal, what with images of a tower of giraffes sporting binoculars or a sleuth of bears investigating a murder of crows, et al. Isn’t it fun to know a lot?


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