A Shiver of Sharks: A Compilation of Aquatic Collective Nouns

PatrickGeorge. PatrickGeorge (IPG/Trafalgar Sq., dist.), $10.99 paper (48p) ISBN 978-1-908473-01-1
This husband-and-wife design team returns with another tribute to collective nouns, this one focusing on aquatic creatures. An “array of eels” hangs like neckties from a hanger; for a “school of whales,” a scholarly figure with a graduation cap and glasses has a mustache formed by a whale’s tail (an image that previously appeared in this duo’s A Filth of Starlings); and nine otters are recast as logs to make up a “raft.” As with this team’s earlier books, readers will enjoy puzzling out how the pictures and collective nouns experiment with meaning in both literal and figurative senses. Simultaneously available: A Crackle of Crickets: A Compilation of Insect Collective Nouns. Ages 7–up. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/28/2013
Release date: 10/01/2012
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