Welcome to the wacky world of animal group names in this rollicking new picture book that’s perfect for anyone who ever wondered what to call a group of giraffes.
A group of rhinos is called a crash,
which happens sometimes in a flash.
Honking their horns, always hurrying to arrive,
with such poor eyesight they really shouldn’t drive
Everyone has heard of a school of fish and a flock of birds, but did you know that a group of rhinos is called a crash? Parents and children will love sharing this hilarious and imaginative read-aloud filled with clever word play and bright illustrations that introduce readers to the surprising world of collective nouns used to name some of your favorite animal groups.
Playing off the double meanings of collective nouns, newcomers Danylyshyn and Lomp place anthropomorphized animals in lively scenes. A "band" of gorillas performs on stage, its lead singer an Elvis lookalike ("Jumping and jiving like rock 'n' roll kings,/ in trees or on stage, they know how to swing"). Other collectives include a "committee" of necktie-wearing vultures sitting around a conference table, an athletic "run" of salmon, and a "pride" of lions having their manes and claws done at a salon. While Danylyshyn's rhymes can get a bit strained (during the vultures' meeting, "With hooked bill and hunched-over back,/ they vote on what's next, dinner or snack"), Lomp's digital illustrations bring an appealing, Golden Books style retro fun to the pages. Ages 4 8. Author's agent: Christopher Hermelin, Fischer-Harbage Agency, Illustrator's agency: Bright Agency.