Groundwood Books

A Storytelling of Ravens

Illustrated by Natalie Nelson • Written by Kyle Lukoff

For kids 5 - 8 years old | Published May 01, 2018 | ISBN 9781554989126
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General

Cover of A Storytelling of Ravens

Regular price $18.95 CAD

32 pages | 11 in × 8.5 in
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Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

A Storytelling of Ravens

Natalie Nelson • Kyle Lukoff

A sloth of bears, a smack of jellyfish, a nuisance of cats — these are some of the surprising and idiosyncratic names we have for groups of animals. Inspired by the evocative possibilities of collective nouns, also called “terms of venery,” author Kyle Lukoff and illustrator Natalie Nelson have created a picture book full of clever wordplay and delightful illustrations. Each spread features a nugget of a story using a particular term, which is accompanied by a collage illustration that serves as the visual punch line.

But where did these unusual names come from? Many of them can be traced back to a book on hunting, hawking and heraldry, printed in 1486 — the Book of St. Albans, which has been reproduced many times since.

A Storytelling of Ravens provides a unique opportunity to explore and rejoice in the oddities of the English language.

About the Creators

Natalie Nelson

Natalie Nelson’s illustrations have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. She is the illustrator of The King of the Birds by Acree Graham Macam, which Booklist reviewed as “nothing short of charming.” She has also illustrated A Storytelling of Ravens by Kyle Lukoff, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and Foreword, and Uncle Holland by JonArno Lawson, described by School Library Journal as “sophisticated yet playful.” Natalie lives in Atlanta.

Kyle Lukoff

Kyle Lukoff has worked at the intersection of books and people for over half his life, first as a bookseller and later as a school librarian, reviewer, awards juror, and contributor to professional publications. A Storytelling of Ravens is his first picture book. A confirmed bachelor, Kyle lives in a Brooklyn apartment filled with books.

Awards and Praise

Praise for The King of the Birds, illustrated by Natalie Nelson:

“The story and art are lighthearted and whimsical...” Horn Book

“Delightful illustrations lend humor and charm to an already wonderful story.” Midwest Book Review

“This quirky-but-true story is nothing short of charming.” Booklist

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