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A Mess of Iguanas, A Whoop of Gorillas...: An Amazement of Animal Facts [Hardcover]

Alon Shulman
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1 Oct 2009

There are many wonderful creatures on earth - and even more incredible ways to describe them.

With more collective nouns for animal groups than anyone else in the world, from a Business of Ferrets to a Wobble of Ostriches (not forgetting, of course, an Implausibility of Gnus) Alon Shulman's A Mess of Iguanas, A Whoop of Gorillas will tell you what to call a group of zebras, chickens, parrots, spiders, tigers or penguins the next time you encounter one - and will even let you know the difference between a school and a shoal of fish. Not to mention why groups of swans are known as a lamentation, a bank and a wedge.

It will also tell you the most outlandish, strange yet completely accurate animal facts you can imagine. For example, did you know that polar bears are invisible to infra-red because they have transparent fur? Or that hippopotamus can't swim? Or that ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand?

Filled with everything you could ever want to know about the creatures that inhabit our world, this brilliant compendium of animal curiosities is perfect for pub quizzers, language buffs, wannabe know-it-alls and any readers aged, well ... 8 to 80.


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Particular Books (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846142555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846142550
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.7 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A stunning and fun book full of fascinating and entertaining creature facts (Ridley Scott )

This book will give you hours of entertainment - at the same time you will painlessly gain a lot of knowledge (Jane Goodall )

About the Author

Alon Shulman has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a fascination with facts. He loves to travel - and he's collected names and facts about animals along the way. As a student he crossed East Africa from Zimbabwe to Kenya and has trekked through the Sahara. He drove with a friend from LA, through Central America, to Panama. He has trekked in the jungles of Borneo and the rainforests of South America. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, cleaned the oil off penguins in Cape Town, swum with dolphins, and ridden horses in Texas, mules in Venezuela, camels in Morocco and an elephant in Rajasthan.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 1 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book is brilliant. In Shulman's introduction he shows the way collective nouns have developed and lists the sources from medieval times all the way until the modern age. He then lists all the collective nouns for easy reference and then each animal has an entry with interesting facts and great illustrations. This book is essential for language lovers as well as animal lovers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You! 2 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is the book I've been waiting for. I've always loved collective nouns but never found one that is reliable - most others have lots of obviously made up ones (like a rant of reviewers). Shulman clearly knows his stuff and has a great writing style. I don't normally write reviews but as the book is endorsed by none other than Sir Ridley Scott and Dame Jane Goodall I wanted to add my praise. Thoroughly recommended.A Mess of Iguanas, A Whoop of Gorillas...: An Amazement of Animal Facts
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Miscellany of Animal Facts 30 Sep 2009
By Ronmac
Format:Hardcover
Have you ever wondered why a group of bears is called a "sleuth" or that of flamingoes a "stand"? And who knew that the pupils of a goat are rectangular in shape! Well Alon Shulman did, and he's proved it by gathering together, for our amusement and edification, hundreds of fascinating facts and collective nouns for the many species of birds, bees, and other animals with which we share this planet. The book covers 146 groups from aardvark to zebra, and all the alphabet in between!

Christmas is approaching and this will make a great stocking filler!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animal world 2 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
At last my presant list has been solved.I will give copies of this incredible book to all my friends.I am sure they will enjoy reading it as I have. a tremendous find.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem of a book 3 Oct 2009
By Steve
Format:Hardcover
I love this book. Well written, beautifully illustrated throughout, hardback and dust jacket, this is what books should be like. There's enough knowledge here to fill several books. Definitely the Christmas present to give all my book loving friends.
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