The Compendium of Collective Nouns :
How is THIS for a book?
I am so excited my good friend Jen Skelly is launching her very first book! I feel very fortunate to have been given a copy of it to review.
Working as a self-employed illustrator out of her home in Tasmania, she has drawn on her long-term fascination with animals and their collective nouns to put together this very charming book, the publishing of which has been crowd-funded through a Pozible campaign.
Jen’s wonderful illustrations are quiet, bright, curious and sweet. And the colours are glorious! Bouquet of Hummingbirds has to be one of my very favourites, for the jewel-like hues of the birds which she has managed to capture beautifully. I love the little added details of decorative pattern on many of the animals too – it adds another whole level to the drawings making these engaging creatures even lovelier to contemplate (haha, I’m such a sucker for pattern!).
Perfect for grownups as well as kids, Jen deserves serious congratulations for this effort. My kids love it! I love it. You can get copies of the book in her Etsy shop here.
(And you can find out more about Jen on her own website, RedParka.com.au. Her story to becoming an illustrator is a long, meandering and occasionally rough one, with many sidetracks, setbacks and false starts, including a one-time ambition to be an olympic swimmer! I encourage you to read more about her journey here).