An Ambush of Tigers

A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Have you ever heard of a prickle of porcupines? Or a tower of giraffes? What about a parcel of penguins? This fun-filled romp through the animal kingdom introduces collective nouns for animals through wordplay. Clever rhymes and humorous illustrations bring these collective nouns to life in funny ways, making it easy to remember which terms and animals go together. A glossary in the back matter offers further explanation of words used as collective nouns, such as sleuth meaning “detective.”

Format Your Price
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2015-04-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.2
Text Type Informational Fiction
BISACS JNF029040, JNF003000, JNF042000
Dewey 372.61
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 680
Guided Reading Level O
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Glossary, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • Sequoyah Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2017
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year - Outstanding Merit, Winner, 2017
  • NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, Winner, 2016
  • Great Lakes Great Books Award Nominee, Nominated, 2016
  • CELI Read Aloud Book Award, Winner, 2016
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, Winner, 2015
  • Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards Honor, Commended, 2015
  • Instructor Magazine 50 Best Books for Summer, Winner, 2015


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“[A] clever contemplation of animal-centric collective nouns . . . inventively and captivatingly composed. . . . Language arts teachers as well as librarians will want to get their paws on this title.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


“In this inventive picture book, 33 animal-themed collective nouns become springboards for the writer’s imagination and the illustrator’s creativity….A lively picture book with plenty of classroom potential.”―Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“…Rosenthal and Jago’s collaboration stands out for the sheer inventiveness they bring to the subject….Witty delights abound.”―starred, Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Cleverness abounds in Rosenthal’s latest….The tongue-in-cheek text never falters in its rhythm and rhyme….The illustrations are a perfect match for the text’s wit….Collective nouns have never been this much fun…or memorable.”―starred, Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“This crash course in juxtaposition and imagination should be celebrated with a peal of bells. An inspiring addition to any poetry collection.”—starred, School Library Journal

Author: Betsy R. Rosenthal

Before Betsy R. Rosenthal was a writer, she was a civil rights lawyer. She lives with her husband and three children in Pacific Palisades, California. To learn more about Betsy, visit her at

Illustrator: Jago

Jago has illustrated more than forty books in the United States, the UK, Europe, South Korea, and South Africa. He lives in Cornwall, UK, with his wife and two children. Find him online at