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5.0 out of 5 stars A Loveliness of Collective Nouns
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing
This book is ok to dip into for fun. I bought it for my daughter who likes animals and also enjoys words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Loveliness of Collective Nouns, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter and the Compendium of Collective Nouns, 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’.

Woop Studios, of course, has its own website, which features the entire collection, including the wildlife series, the star signs series, and the people and professions series, all presented alphabetically by both subject and noun. As with the Harry Potter artwork, these prints are available to buy individually in limited editions. You can also purchase alphabetically arranged compilations of 25 images on one print, which allows the basic concept of the collection to come more immediately to life.

While the individual prints are wonderful, A Compendium of Collective Nouns, (there is also a children’s picture book version called A Zeal of Zebras), allows Logan and Faulkner’s original concept – complimented perfectly by MinaLima’s stunning artwork – to be fully realised. Aided throughout by full page illustrations, (which are deservedly afforded to virtually all of MinaLima’s wildlife prints), as well as smaller ones between and beside the text, (including the people and professions series), the book takes you through the whole compendium using the same alphabetical layout, but also acts as a dictionary, providing the reader with a wealth of additional information on the meaning and origin of the words and phrases used. It is well designed, (as one would expect), with the title on the cover stylishly indented, and of a large enough size to allow MinaLima’s work to be fully appreciated, while not being too cumbersome.

As Faulkner says in his introduction: ‘There are so many different types of language – not just the language recorded in our dictionaries, but the language of the streets, the language of specialists, the languages of academics and scientists. Language is very much alive – constantly being added to, developed, and changed – that is what makes it so fascinating’. Combine this with the tendency for great art to absorb, and you have a book that is well worth buying, and taking your time over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read! Lovely artwork! Highly recommended, 29 May 2014
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Great book. Good read. Bought it as a pressy for a friend. Liked it so much I've kept it! Bought him an Amazon Gift Voucher instead! Incidentally, what's the collective noun for bookworms? :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and beautiful, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and unusual book., 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 11 Sep 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Oct 2014
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Excellent. Binding good quality very informative all round good choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Nov 2014
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great service and great book
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