“A Troop is a Group of Monkeys” is an interactive book for kids that introduces some of the fun plural nouns for animal groups (like “a pride of lions”) in a musical, rhyming story. Written by Julie Hedlund and illustrated by Pamela Baron, the app features original music by Tim McCanna, whose ditty you won’t be able to stop humming until long after the book is closed.
Each of the animal groups—a troop of monkeys, a colony of bats—comes to life on the screen and invites young readers to enjoy interactive play while reinforcing the vocabulary words on each page. The crocodiles snap their jaws, and the lions lick their paws. What do you suppose the skunks will do?
This story is tied to Common Core standards and includes information for teachers and parents on how to enhance a reader’s comprehension with reading strategies and activity ideas.
This book app, the first in a trilogy about colorful collective nouns for animals, will be released as a hardcover book in fall 2013.
“Troop is a wonderful app – lively, fun, and (shhhh) educational!”
— Linda Arms White, Christopher Award-Winning Author of “I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote”
“A Troop Is a Group of Monkeys is SO much fun! Not only is it well written — but the interaction actually made me BURST out laughing at a couple of points! It’s charming, adorable, and definitely my newest favorite!”
— Katie Davis, award-winning author/illustrator and host of the #1 children’s literature podcast Brain Burps About Books