A Zeal of Zebras

A Zeal of Zebras

Ben Partridge
Sep 7, 2011

Collective nouns are one of those unique oddities of the English language used to define a group of objects, people, or animals. We're all acquainted with a flock of geese, or herd of cows. But are you familiar with a shiver of sharks? A quiver of cobras? Or an implausibility of gnus? A Zeal of Zebras: An Alphabet of Collective Nouns is the terrific debut book from Woop Studios. But if you're a fan of the Harry Potter films, you're most likely already acquainted with their work.

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, founding members of Woop Studios, have spent the last decade working as head designers on the Harry Potter film franchise, the folks responsible for designing such props as the Marauder's Map, The Daily Prophet, or the Educational Decrees. This latest venture came about as the result of their combined fascination with the world of collective nouns.

Their graphic interpretations are smart, bold, and vibrant, calling to mind vintage posters and retro travel ads. And the accompanying text provides an interesting fact about each animal depicted.

A Zeal of Zebras acts as an alphabet refresher for kids in the toddler camp, an education of animals and linguistics for the 4 and up crowd, with handsome graphics and striking typography for all ages.

There's no shortage of pretty ABC books for kids, but A Zeal of Zebras is one of the more fetching and intelligent I've come across in recent years.

A Zeal of Zebras by Woop Studios $17.99

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