As a passionate nonfiction reader I knew I had to take part in KidLitFrenzy‘s Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesdays. Nonfiction can be a great way to get kids hooked on reading, and is often overlooked as an option for recreational reading.
Title: An Ambush of Tigers
Author: Betsy R. Rosenthal
Publisher: Millbrook Press
Publication Date: 2015
Genre/Format: Nonfiction/Picture Book
Publisher’s Summary: Have you ever heard of a prickle of porcupines? Or a tower of giraffes? What about a parcel of penguins? This fun-filled romp through the animal kingdom introduces collective nouns for animals through wordplay. Clever rhymes and humorous illustrations bring these collective nouns to life in funny ways, making it easy to remember which terms and animals go together. A glossary in the back matter offers further explanation of words used as collective nouns, such as sleuth meaning “detective.”
My Two Cents: A series of clever word plays paired with comical illustrations make An Ambush of Tigers great fun. The illustrations are particularly noteworthy, with background texture reminiscent of oil paintings on canvas. Though there is an extensive glossary in the back of the book, children might still need help interpreting some of the language so as to better grasp the humour.