jen skelly - compendium of collective nouns

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 skelly - bouquet of hummingbirds

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 captured 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!).

jen skelly - hover of trout

Perfect for grownups as well as kids, Jen deserves serious congratulations for this effort. My kids love it! I love it.



UPDATE 8th June, 2018::

SOOOO darn excited that Jen’s receiving international attention (Anne Hathaway and Ellen de Generes no less!! ?) for this gorgeous book.
If you’d like to grab yourself a copy, you can do so through Jen’s own website,

annnnd just a further update – the book’s been updated and expanded – it’s now called 101 Collective Nouns, and just to confuse things a teensy bit further, Jen’s going by the name Jennifer Cossins now. It’s all good!! I thoroughly, wholeheartedly, encourage you to get your hands on this gorgeous tome.