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Monday, June 20, 2016

What's In A Name? A Crash of Rhinos and Other Wild Animal Groups by Greg Danylshyn

SOME ANIMAL GROUPS HAVE NAMES YOU'VE HEARD.

LIKE A SCHOOL OF FISH OR A FLOCK OF BIRDS.

Some group names are naturals--a band of gorillas, all hanging out together and making music, or a cry of hounds, howling on the chase.

Some are more inventive. For example, who are these guys?

HONKING THEIR HORNS, HURRYING TO ARRIVE,

WITH SUCH POOR EYESIGHT, THEY REALLY SHOULDN'T DRIVE!

It's a crash of bespectacled rhinos in a tangle of fender-bending collisions on the savannah throughway, of course.

And what group of animals might be termed a tower?

Giraffes, of course! They're a one-critter watchtower!

There are teams of hogs,  scrimmaging in the mud,  a run of salmon, streaming upstream, and a committee of vultures, all hunched over their clipboards.

And, of course, a parade of elephants, orderly marching trunk to tail, is a natural.

The fun of animal group names is what Greg Danylshyn's A Crash of Rhinos: and other wild animal groups (Little Simon, 2016) is all about. Artist Stephen Lamp's digital comical illustrations and apt book design (a vertical two-page spread is reserved for the giraffes, of course) make the animal's group names both memorable and humorous.

Pair this one with Betsy Rosenthall's An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns (Millbrook Picture Books) for a double dose of collective creature nouns (see review here).

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