A Compendium of Collective Nouns is an illustrated journey through the animal kingdom by artist and writer Jen Skelly of Red Parka.

Both volumes feature 50 animals, each with it’s own vibrant full colour page! A few of the animals featured in Vol 1 are elephants, tigers, sharks, badgers, foxes, crows, peacocks, monkeys and mice. In Vol 2 you can see zebras, aardvarks, cheetahs, swans, wolves, falcons, hippos, squirrels, stingrays, narwhals and many, many more

There is also a brief introduction to collective nouns that tells you how they first came about (hint: something to do with a nun in the 1400s) and how they have developed over the years.


For your chance to win the Compendium of Collective Nouns set (Vol 1 and Vol 2) please tell us, in no more than 25 words, what is your favourite animal and why?



1. Instructions on “How to Enter” form part of these Conditions of Entry. The competition is open to all residents of Australia except employees of the Promoter, their immediate families and agencies associated with this promotion.
2. The promotion commences today (5th November, 2014) and closes 3rd December 2014. Only completed entries submitted online at www.babiesandtoddlers.com will be accepted as valid.
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  1. Alysse Heiler December 3, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Turtle doves because they mate for life. Even Shakespeare wrote about them!

  2. ann Grogan December 3, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    A sloth as they pick a partner and stay with them for life.

  3. Nicole Weedon December 3, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    It would have a be an eagle because they can fly so have the best view and are rare, beautiful and scary all in one

  4. Alexandra Sullivan December 3, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Sloths, they are adoringly, unashamedly lazy! Wish I could get away with that!

  5. Trudy Mylrea December 3, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Chimpanzees as they are so clever and always up to mischief.

  6. ronelle webb December 3, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Pandas – They’re cute, furry, playful, gentle, vegan. One of the few creatures that remains adorable through childhood into adulthood.

  7. nathan.validakis December 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I love penguins because they are so adorable and waddle in a really cute and funny way.

  8. Kellee Higgins December 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Elephants. They dont care that they have a big bum… Me either!

  9. Michelle Cooper December 3, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Dogs – various shapes, sizes, some work, some don’t. They can keep us fit, healthy, provide excellent Security and or company for those in need.

  10. suzanne sims December 3, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Sloth, a unique and sensational creature, adorably cute, slow on land but fast in the water, they have mastered the art of chill’in out

  11. Krystal Hill December 3, 2014 at 12:29 am

    my favourite animal is a tiger, they are cute, nifty and very interesting to watch.

  12. Monica ng December 3, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Zebras. Playful. couldn’t take my eyes of these beautiful creatures at the zoo

  13. Monica ng December 3, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Pandas. I’ve seen them playing and couldn’t take my eyes of these amazing creatures.

  14. scott fraser December 2, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    My fav animal would be an Eagle, they can soar up high and come down and swoop their prey…

  15. Sharon Gock December 2, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Dogs, as they’re truly man’s best friend. They’re the only animals that will love you unconditionally. They help you in times of trouble.

  16. Tanya Berglund December 2, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I’ve come to love our Cockatiel… he sings and whistle and loves a scratch… hand reared from birth he is out kids favourite pet.

  17. Jody collins December 2, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Chooks are by far the best
    they give us eggs
    They eat our scraps
    They scratch around
    They make funny sounds
    We love our girls

  18. Eva Kiraly December 2, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Ours is the Puppy dog, they’re happy and full of love, they try to please and make you laugh, we’d be lost without our dog.

  19. chiquita muller December 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Cats, they are so independent, fearless, and absolutely adorable. My cat uses the door handle!

  20. patricia harcus December 2, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    The kangaroo, you can’t keep it down and it is an absolute baby machine. I wish having babies was so easy.

  21. David Debrincat December 2, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Favorite animal is a dog.They are loyal have great personality and besides having four legs they are just like one of your kids

  22. Suds Gee December 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I have always loved the majestic and beautiful Zebra because it is so unique, graceful and intelligent.

  23. Becky Downey December 2, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Sharks are a clear-CUT winner! They deserve PREYS, show GUTSY performances, and are very FINteresting, I make no BONES about it, they’re absolutely JAWsome!

  24. Whitney Borscheid December 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

    My favorite animal is easily the penguin. Not only are they beautiful and intriguing creatures, but the species also differs from most others in the animal kingdom. The male penguin often has more of the “maternal” instinct, and often takes complete control over caring for the young. To me, that is amazing and a cool contrast to most other animal life.
    My son also favors the penguin because of the movie “Happy Feet.”

  25. Phillip Cunningham December 2, 2014 at 9:05 am

    The humble domestic cat as we have four of them and they’re more than just cats as they’re family

  26. rosanna saavedra December 2, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I love dogs, they always seem to know how to make you smile. My 2 year old and his dog are best friends and the love between them is amazing.

  27. Juanita Munro December 2, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Alpacas, There so cute and make great guard dogs on farms to protect sheep and pets! plus there Aussie!!!!!!!

  28. Lizzy Lou December 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I love monkeys. I go to the Zoo twice a year to sit with the Monkeys and take photo’s and watch them and have a FEW LAUGHS.

  29. Jennifer Robertson December 1, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I love Owls. They are very clever, discliplined animals. The collective noun for owls is a parliament. They demonstrate how our polititians ought to behave.

  30. Alison and Watson December 1, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    My son and I love pelicans, having lived on the Central Coast we always thought they were so funny sitting on top of street lamps perched there as though they are delicate little birds inside of the mini planes they look like. Never judge a book by its cover :)

  31. Amelia Singler December 1, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Would love to win these books for my babysister, she loves us to read books her and I think shes due for some new ones.

  32. Erica Nguyen December 1, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    My favourite animal is the wombat because they double as a foot rest!

  33. Ebony Dingfelder December 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    A zebra! my kids are amazed by their gorgeous stripes, they are elegant friendly, beautiful creatures.

  34. Melissa Okimoto December 1, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I love dogs, all the amazing stories of them saving lives and being such wonderful companions.

  35. nicole berends December 1, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Giraffes are amazingly tall clever creatures who learn to walk within 30minutes after birth. You can spot a female Giraffe as it has hair on its head where as male giraffes are bald.

  36. Kellee Higgins December 1, 2014 at 3:11 am

    My own dog. No other animal cuddles, guards & loves my family like he does.

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  38. Kelly-Anne Leddy November 30, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Tigers are my favourite animal – I love the patterns of their stripes and watching them play in water

  39. Ulla Krause November 30, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Big green sea turtle with cartoonish smile, gigantic cute eyes and graceful swimming style!

  40. karren reay November 30, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    My favourite animal is a big cat of any description, i melt in their eyes, so sleek and beautful & deadly all at the same time.

  41. MargC November 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I love African Grey parrots. They are super-intelligent and can carry on a conversation (of sorts) with you.

  42. Jenna Hincksman November 30, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    The kangaroo, because giving birth to a baby the size of jelly bean sounds so much easier than a watermelon.

  43. Imogen O'Meara November 29, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    The whale shark, the most majestic, mysterious and mesmerising creature, it’s intricate dotty design as unique as a fingerprint. It’s collective noun? A constellation, maybe…

  44. Wendy Hatton November 29, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Dogs are my pick for their faithfulness and family friendly playful nature.

  45. Lara Daebritz November 28, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I’m rather a fan of the seahorse after recently discovering that it is the males who give birth…if only male humans could do that?

  46. Cherie Vause November 26, 2014 at 11:52 am

    The extremely rare Mountain Gorilla-despite being the summit of primate physical prowess it is the gentlest and friendliest of all the great apes

  47. K Turner November 26, 2014 at 6:13 am

    The beautifully beloved nature of the Adelie Penguin captivates our hearts through an inspirationally picturesque kaleidoscope of frosty frozen fascination and intrinsic arctic amazement, endearing!.

  48. Sarah meredith November 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Blue whale – they are enchanting and beautiful. Their song is so relaxing.

  49. Sharon Markwell November 23, 2014 at 11:09 am

    For cuteness and lovability, I don’t think you can go past an orang-utan. Love them to pieces!

  50. belinda burns November 21, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Im obsessed with flamingoes! what natural beauties x

  51. Sally miosku November 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Blue Birds. So tiny and delicate and so beautiful to watch!

  52. Tyneal Bailey November 19, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    The Giraffe, they are so elegant and graceful and their pattern is beyond beautiful. A group of Giraffe’s are called “a tower” and that’s funny!

  53. Emma Chandler November 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    The chameleon: It has funky moves, can see behind it without moving its head and camouflage into any environment

  54. Aditya Baker November 19, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Crocodiles – They have been here so long, seen so much, haven’t needed to change and will out live us all.

  55. Lana Bray November 19, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    The illustrations of this book are amazing!

  56. Chloe Pomery November 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    The Tasmanian Devil – an Australian animal that should stand alongside the Kangaroo and emu. The Tassie devil does wonders for keeping our roads roadkill free it’s just so unfortunate they are on the verge of extinction.

  57. Sarah Dempsey November 17, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Crows – cunning, clever critters, often exCluded!

  58. Indika Wijayasekera November 16, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Cats are curious & selfish.I had 7 cats when I was little.I have 2 now.A fatty Garfield & a skinny Kitty Galo.

  59. Becky Downey November 16, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    The great white is JAWesome, FINteresting and deserves PREYS! Leaving its MARK BITE by BITE, it’s certainly a clear-CUT winner with its GUTSY performances!

  60. Alison Underwood November 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    My favourite animal is the kangaroo because it is so unusual and hops so fast with a joey in its pouch.

  61. sam sargent November 16, 2014 at 3:10 am

    My favourite animal is the rhino because it’s massive horn amazes me and i really want to pat a rhino one day..:)

  62. Amy O'Mara November 15, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    At the moment an elephant. Because both my daughters when learning to say it – pronounce it “ephalent” and that makes me smile.

  63. Gabrielle Stavrinidis November 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Whales – they’re mysterious creatures of the deep sea, truly captivating to watch and they’re song touches your soul.

  64. andrew johnston November 15, 2014 at 5:32 am

    The pandda bear cute and cuddly

  65. melanie otto November 14, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    sloth, sleepy, relaxed and calm

  66. Lauren Dean November 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Horses are my favourite animal, they are strong beautiful creatures with a lot of love.

  67. Marlene Antoon November 14, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Guiding people with poor sight,
    Pulling sleds with all their might,
    Rounding sheep into a huddle,
    Always eager for a cuddle.

  68. peta russell November 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    all are very cute and will entertain everyone

  69. Bastian Foersterling November 14, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I love Squirrels since they are the most fun and cutest animals to watch.

  70. phil holt November 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    a horse because my granddaughter loves watching them run around the paddock

  71. Lisa Abejja November 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    A flamingo. Graceful and tall and bright pink plumage, Kind of how I see myself really.

  72. RICHARD D T WILSON November 14, 2014 at 11:49 am

    The Giraffe as they are tall, docile and friendly looking. A threat to no one.

  73. Debby Davis November 14, 2014 at 10:51 am

    An elephant because that are such close family members that care a lot about each other.

  74. Linda Cummins November 14, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Its a monkey, because if i say anything else my 3 year old says. “Nope its a monkey”. He asks the question and answers it.

  75. Tess Dim November 14, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Maya the bee because she so sweet.

  76. katrina booker November 14, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Domestic Cat – unpredictable at times but extremely loving, hilarious to watch and acts as a good hot water bottle in winter.

  77. anna Malcolm November 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    monkeys are my favorite as I have two very cheeky little monkeys at home who are addicted to mina mie (monkey). We are all mina mie mad here :-)

  78. Jessica Ashbrooke November 13, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Love the leopard it’s such a beautiful animal and so inquisitive

  79. Glenn Teasdale November 13, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Sloth – Love the face of the little guys

  80. Debra Moody November 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    The Meerkats, because of there close family ways protecting and looking after everyone in there group.

  81. carly bates November 8, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    a dog because they are so loyal

  82. William Charles Adams November 8, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    The Honey badger
    Not only doe’s the fur smell like honey it’s sly like a badger
    Taking down prey with precision such as bears and moths.

  83. Jen Smith November 8, 2014 at 11:06 am

    The stoic BISON is a pragmatic, strong, courageous, stable, reliable, predictable resourceful and dedicated to the pursuit of success. Just like me.

  84. Deanna Boon November 8, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Cat. So soft, cuddly, playful and clever, just like baby. Who can resist when cats make pity faces?

  85. Karina L November 7, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    The monkey. I love watching the silly things they do.

  86. jeanette mackey November 7, 2014 at 9:49 am

    The Meerkat with his cheeky face, big eye’s and the way they protect their family is truly amazing.

  87. Nicole Mao November 7, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Peacocks are my favourite I love the way they spread their tail feathers. Very pretty!

  88. Candice Milner November 7, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Dolphins – been my favourite since I was a child. I think it would be great to live in the sea.

  89. Sindy Chou November 6, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Koala – I envy koala for spending most of the time either sleeping and eating but still so cute & cuddly.

  90. Caroline Lissaman November 6, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Giraffe. I envy the beautiful, slender neck plus being able to see over crowds at school assembly would be nice!

  91. Christopher Sanchez November 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Red Panda – cute, playful and entertaining.

  92. Eleanor Machida November 6, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Koalas – they are cuddly, adorable, sleep all day and eat all day

  93. Richard McGee November 6, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Reading is very important in a child’s life. I would like to win these books to share with anyone I can. No one should be denied with the right to read.

  94. Craig Mackey November 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    The eagle so gracefull yet strong.

  95. Jack Nolan November 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I like sloths, they’re so chilled out. They remind me that we all need to remember to chill out and relax sometimes.

  96. Sally Baker November 6, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    W – White
    H – Hairy
    I – Intelligent
    T – Tiger
    E – Excites

    T – The
    I – Internal
    G – Glow
    E – Elegantly
    R – ROAR

  97. Rochelle Firth November 6, 2014 at 11:40 am

    The elephant- intelligent, graceful, wise and huge- I find their trunks fascinating!

  98. Alison Henderson November 6, 2014 at 6:23 am

    The majestic lion is our favourite,
    He’s big and fierce and proud,
    Master 2 just loves him,
    I think because he’s so loud!

  99. cleo sids November 5, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Tiger strong swimmer, fast, powerful, majestic and wild.

  100. Karen Tannoch-Bland November 5, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Elephants – caring, peaceful, protective; they bury their dead and keep vigil over the body. The world would be a better place if we mirrored them.

  101. caroline avard November 5, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Nannies chickens are the greatest they love the grandkiddies and cant wait when they come round to feed them.

  102. elizabeth kaminski November 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Flamingos – cool, calm & collected and always elegant!!

  103. Melanie Otto November 5, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Meerkats so cute playful and resourceful

  104. Megan Wolnizer November 5, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I love giraffes because they are beautiful, gentle creatures & I’m very short so their height really appeals to me.

  105. Caroline Kelly November 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    The kea is the world’s smartest parrot whose resourcefulness includes using tools to achieve their objective and sometimes, destruction of anything in their way.

  106. Jess November 5, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Monkeys are my favourite, they are cute, cuddly and oh so cheeky. Just like the real life monkeys living in my house.

  107. Scott Crumlin November 5, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Raccoon; cute, determined, funny, resourceful, and they make a really nifty sound!

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