The English language is an intriguing, ever-evolving beast, much like the creatures you will meet in these books. I have a penchant for the quirks in our language, as does author and illustrator Jennifer Skelly. Some of these collective nouns are poetic terms that can be traced back to the fifteenth century. Others have origins in etymology, hunting traditions or high society.
This collection of illustrations are utterly charming, so much so that these two titles have become my daughter’s favourites. We read them together almost every night and they always inspire thought & laughter. Our personal favourites are a Journey of Giraffes, a Flamboyance of Flamingoes & a Parade of Elephants. It is an album of alliteration and onomatopoeias. Read it with your burgeoning little wordsmiths and the absurdity will begin to make sense!