Beautiful illustrations and a fun collection of vignettes that help little ones build their vocabulary!
The book is a good way to introduce new vocabulary and the pictures offer a good representation of the words used-it includes a group of the animals being described as well as a visual clue to show the double meaning of some of the words.
I also liked that the book had a glossary at the back with the differing definitions (example from the glossary "Ambush (Tigers): An attack from a hiding place” (page 36) so children can see what the term for the group of animals is as well as the other definition for the words.
Colourful images illustrate some terrific wordplay as readers are introduced to the many names used for groups of animals. The illustrations sometimes reveal how odd the names really are.
Filled with venery terms and whimsical pictures, “An Ambush of Tigers” provides helpful visual hints to remembering hunting phrases that will no doubt be strange for unknowing children. The joy comes in the funny pictures and cunningly adding to a child’s vocabulary. The kid is getting a language lesson without even knowing it. Brilliant!
However, much like a similar book, “Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish?”, “Ambush” provides even adults with something that they never knew. The illustrations for this book are flatter, without the lurid vibrancy of “Smack”. But they veer further into the surreal, what with images of a tower of giraffes sporting binoculars or a sleuth of bears investigating a murder of crows, et al. Isn’t it fun to know a lot?
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