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  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452108234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452108230
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.5 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Woop Studios was founded in June 2010 by Miraphora Mina, Eduardo Lima, Mark Faulkner, and Harriet Logan. Their main output are the wildly popular collective nouns prints which also grace the pages of the celebrated children's book A Zeal of Zebras. As MinaLima Design, Mira and Eduardo have spent the last decade working as graphic designers on the Harry Potter film franchise. They designed the Marauder's Map, The Daily Prophet, and the invitation to the Yule ball.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ldj on 12 April 2014
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I came to discover this book through the Woop Studios website while looking for a birthday present for my mother. Unlike me, she has a keen interest in all things Harry Potter. Therefore, when I saw an advert for limited edition artwork recreated by the graphic designers of the films (Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima – collectively MinaLima) from their own designs, I went online and had a look at their website.

The Printorium (dotcom) is full of limited edition prints: The Marauder’s Map, Quidditch World Cup posters, Daily Prophet cover pages, and so on. There are over fifty designs in total. After buying one of these prints, (fast delivery, great quality, friendly customer service, bespoke packaging, certificate of authenticity, the whole deal), I felt it worth my while to delve a little deeper, and discovered that the Printorium website also features additional sections of artwork by MinaLima not associated with Harry Potter, the most intriguing of which being a sample of the Woop Studios collection.

This is a series of artwork based primarily (although not exclusively) on wildlife, built around the concept of collective nouns and the wonderfully diverse and often amusing phrases that they inspire, (an idea by husband and wife team - and business partners - Harriet Logan and Mark Faulkner, the former of which knew Miraphora Mina from school). I was particularly taken with ‘A Murder of Crows’, (see alternate product pictures at the top of this page), and ‘A Parliament of Owls’, which depicts said birds perched in the branches of two trees and peering out at you from the shadowy darkness with bright yellow eyes, while behind them the glowing clock face of Big Ben stands in brilliantly for the letter ‘O’.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Beaver on 10 Oct. 2014
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This is a most attractive book with an extremely comprehensive collection of collective nouns. What marks this book out from this area of increasingly well-trodden territory are the graphic images by Woop Studios which complement the alphabetic listings.The images have a certain naive charm and lack detail but this book could quite possibly achieve the authors' aims of becoming the definitive volume of collective nouns for the twenty-first century.
A few examples are a covert of coots, a leap of leopards, a pandemonium of parrots, an ambush of tigers, a blessing of unicorns, an exaltation of larks, a charm of goldfinches and a movement of moles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel M Taylor on 26 Jan. 2014
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A beautiful book - the prints/images are stunning and the words a joy. My 12 year old son loved it as a Christmas present, and it will hopefully become an heirloom volume.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs C on 15 Jan. 2014
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Great quality hardback book, with lovely combination of illustrations and facts about origins of the collective nouns. Great as a present to dip in and out of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. S. on 31 Dec. 2013
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A lovely book!Bought it as a present for my daughter.After seeing it,my son also wanted one and I shall probably buy one for myself.It is an excellent coffee-table book,being both very interesting as well as beautifully illustrated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Curly Al on 29 Nov. 2014
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A well printed and bound book which would grace any collection. A reference book too good for a waiting room but attractive and compelling for visitors to your home and children alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid Listener on 29 May 2014
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A wonder to have on the bookshelf of any 'bookworm'.
Beautifully bound and printed and the plates are a joy to look at.
Well recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kilcreeny on 11 Sept. 2014
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Such a detailed book yet with beautiful colours. The design of book is clever and classily. Lovely to read and a lovely present.
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