How do you write a 250-word review on a book with probably less than 100 words? Very carefully!
A Troop of Kangaroos: A Book of Animal Group Names (written and illustrated by Lisa Mundorff) is a clever book about names. And not just “Kathy Kangaroo” or “Sammy Sardine” or “Bob Otter.” No, I mean that a group of sardines is call a family. A bunch of kangaroos are called a troop. And a bunch of skunks are a real stench. No, really a stench of skunks.
Due later this year, Mundorrff’s simple story starts on the title page. You then go into what chickens are called in a sweet manner. You then get a crazy group of birds flocking about cartoonishly representing the word. Each animal gets this treatment. Adults read the page about the otters! There are clever notes in the hands of this business of otters, a joke about the boss and the boss’s boss and then the boss’s boss’s boss, and giggles galore. The end page has a handful of other animals that were not added to the main body of the book.
It is not so much a story, but a collection of beings individually that at the end are shown as a community. Not only are you learning about animals, there is an aspect of accepting those who do not look like us and showing how we are a large group ourselves (or the animals are, but the adult can see the connection). All ages can enjoy (the younger ones being read to and the older reader just starting out can have some help. Older children could read to younger siblings. And while it could work in a classroom setting as a larger group read, it might work best for a one-on-one read.