PPBF: A Troop Is a Group of Monkeys

Here’s my choice for Perfect Picture Book Friday:

A Troop Is a Group of Monkeys

A Troop is a Group of Monkeys

Written by Julie Hedlund

Illustrated by Pamela Baron

Little Bahalia Publishing LLC, 2013


Suitable for ages: 2 and up

Themes/Topics: animals

Opening line: A parliament of owls hoots in the night.

Synopsis from Amazon.com: A surfeit of skunks, a troop of monkeys, a clutter of spiders these colorful and poetic words for animal groups are called collective nouns and children will learn all about them in this rhyming picture book by Julie Hedlund. With beautiful painted illustrations by Pamela Baron, each animal group is brought to life in color-splashed environments sure to fascinate any child. The magnificent illustrations and playful use of language make it perfect for design-savvy parents and inspired gift givers. First published as a series of interactive book apps for the iPad, A Troop is a Group of Monkeys has received much industry praise and was included in the Top 50 Apps for Kids in 2013.

Links to Resources: There’s a note on the last page saying A Troop is a Group of Monkeys is meant to be enjoyed as part of a complete lesson plan. Visit littlebahalia.com for sheet music, curriculum guides and reading strategies. Both apps, and this book, meet Core Curriculum standards. Both A Troop is a Group of Monkeys and A Shiver of Sharks are available in the App Store and provide interaction with the animals.

Why I like this book: I enjoy the simplicity of this story for bedtime or anytime. The rhythm and the animals make us want to read this again and again. The collective nouns are fun for children and parents too.  The book is a combination of the two apps A Troop is a Group of Monkeys and A Shiver of Sharks.

Most of the animals found in the apps are in the book. My only beef: Where are the hippos! I miss the bloat of hippopotami. Of course, that’s why I have an app for that — my hippopotomi fix!

I was able to purchase a copy of the book at the Rocky Mountain Chapter SCBWI conference bookstore. Julie  signed my copy to Enzo. So that made this picture book perfect for our family.

Signed Book

Find more Perfect Picture Books on Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. Hope you have a great weekend.

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32 thoughts on “PPBF: A Troop Is a Group of Monkeys

  1. I pre-ordered this and am looking forward to receiving it in the mail along with autograph! I love reading all about it on different venues and know Julie did an amazing job. I am looking forward to my own copy. 🙂

    • It’s a fun one Catherine. If you’ve read the apps, it’s funny to see the animals not move or make noise. The illustrations are lovely.

  2. I’m glad you reviewed Julie’s new book. Haven’t received my copy yet, so was not aware it included the material from both apps. That makes it even better! Julie read had an outstanding idea for a picture book. I remember taking my GREs and having some some the animal groups on the test. Great time to begin teaching, because the rhyme will linger in a child’s mind.

    • It is fun and has a lot of activity possibilities. I just used the link to the publisher, but lots and lots one can do with this one (and the apps).

  3. I was so glad to see TROOP leading the list of Perfect Picture Books this Friday. How delightful that you got to have yours signed by Julie in person! Since I don’t have an iPad, I haven’t been able to experience the apps, so I am grateful that it’s now available as a print book.

  4. I’ve been waiting for this one. There’s nothing like a hardback book in my humble opinion. Now to find a signed copy…