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"A beautiful and innovative look at different animal species." - Madigan Reads Blog

"From the mesmerizing cover to the dazzling endpapers, this is a fabulously fascinating work of wondrous words." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the Author

Woop Studios Limited (Woop) is a start-up founded in June 2010 by Miraphora Mina, Eduardo Lima, Harriet Logan, and Mark Faulkner. Mira and Eduardo have spent the last decade working as graphic designers on the Harry Potter franchise. They designed the Marauder's Map, The Daily Propet and the invitation to the Yule ball. Visit minalima.com to see what they're doing now.

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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452104921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452104928
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on September 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I think I can confidently proclaim A Zeal of Zebras to be the best alphabet book in all the land, and probably one of the most superior alphabet books of all time. Each page is a fresh and original surprise as readers are treated to a collection of animals referred to by a collective pronoun, paired with some interesting information about each animal, and a gorgeous digitally created collage. While some of these group names were not unfamiliar to me: a caravan of camels, a galaxy of starfish, and of course, an unkindness of ravens, I wondered if the others were simply made up such as: an aurora of polar bears, an embarrassment of pandas, an implausibility of gnus. A little research confirms that most of the whimsical pronouns are indeed, well-established, if rarely used.

Woop Studios background as a graphic design firm is apparent in the crisply designed, textured collage images. Any of the pages would be frameable as art. Many have the look of old movie posters and blurred or scratchy edges indicative of handmade prints. I loved the nest of crocodiles, all meeting nose to nose, except for one, who has his tail to the rest of the group.

My personal litmus test for any alphabet book is the treatment of the often difficult letter "X". A Zeal of Zebras offers a not-too-shabby "exaltation of larks" for X - I can't give it full-marks for the most ingenious "X" I've ever seen, but I must say, I've definitely seen far worse. Pair this book with Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors by Joyce Sidman for a beautiful and innovative look at different animal species.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F, 36, married, one tall dog on July 1, 2012
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The graphics are bright and busy in a way that I (a non-parent) think appeals to children, but without being tiresomely childish (right- not a parent). Anyway, as someone who kind of likes the idea of children and other people's children, but finds all that rainbow plastic crap intolerable, this was a brilliant find for me. I give it to all my friends' kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chrissy N on October 1, 2011
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I'm so glad I purchased this book, it is beautiful from cover to cover. I would buy it for the illustrations alone, which would make stunning wall art, but the content is great too! A great addition to your personal library or a super-chic baby shower gift...!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Gerber Jones on July 26, 2015
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Beautifully and artistically illustrated, A Zeal of Zebras, offers letter recognition, and an expansion of vocabulary in addition to facts about animals. It has something to offer a child at every age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nonni0321 on July 25, 2013
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The artwork is amazing, and the book is a fun coffee table type book. Even tho the book is for children, I recommend it to anyone wanting a fun "verbiage" book
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By WileEC on May 14, 2013
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As a wildlife photographer I am always looking for ideas to enhance my articles. I got this book to help me when describing groups of animals. That said, it has inspired emails to my wife when I am talking about a group of some critter and I will make up a group name, based on the principles used in the names in this book. the illustrations in this are whimsical.
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The content is clever and interesting, but this book is not high quality, the construction is flimsy and the paper quality poor.
I purchased it as a gift, but when I saw the quality I changed my mind. It is okay to have on the bookshelf but not nice enough to give as a gift or to display on a coffee table or in a guest room.
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By Rachel Moore on December 8, 2011
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I really love the illustrations in this book and the innovate approach to demonstrating the alphabet. I can't wait for more from Woop Studios! I will be giving this copy to a 4 year old as a gift and promptly ordering another for my two year old son.
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