“Mum, do you like chookens?” asked my two-year-old. It took me a moment to realise he was talking about a group of hens.
Giving a new slant on animal alphabet books is Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish? by Sarah Asper-Smith. Working from A to Z, Asper-Smith looks at animals in their groups – an army of ants, a covey of quail, a string of ponies and a parliament of owls to name a few. It’s a little tempting to get show-offy with this book so excuse your child when they accost visitors with the question, “Do you know what a bunch of ferrets is called? I do!”*
The illustrations are simple and perfectly pitched for younger readers, with the animals shown in black silhouette against bright backgrounds.
Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish? is available from Book Depository for $16.74. Book Depository ship free of charge to Australia. Also check out Asper-Smith’s Etsy store where you will find greeting cards and prints of this unique animal alphabet.
*It’s a business of ferrets.