The Ultimate Animal Counting Book

Jennifer Cossins

The Ultimate Animal Counting Book
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The Ultimate Animal Counting Book

Jennifer Cossins

Can you count one blue whale? Probably. How about 16 lions? Or 44 penguins? Or 100 fairy flies? 

Join CBCA Award-winner Jennifer Cossins on an expedition through the animal kingdom, counting one to 100 and collecting fascinating animal facts along the way. Discover the colour of a zebra’s skin under its stripes, how a tapir uses its nose as a snorkel when it swims, and that cranes are famous for their dancing!     

Beautifully illustrated with full-colour pictures of animals great and small, from all over the world - from the familiar wombat and sea turtle to the unusual gerenuk and caracal - The Ultimate Animal Counting Book is an utter delight.


Tasmanian artist Jennifer Cossins’ 101 Collective Nouns caused an international sensation in 2018 when Oscar winner Anne Hathaway told Ellen DeGeneres how much she and her son loved the book. It teaches kids the names of different groups of animals, such as a ‘flamboyance of flamingos’ and an ‘ostentation of peacocks.’ Cossins’ new book is equally animal-filled, but this time she takes us on a journey through fascinating animal facts while teaching children aged 2-6 how to count to 101.

Learn about why a tapir’s nose is shaped the way it is, and what colour a zebra’s skin is underneath its stripes, or what cranes are best known for. (Hint: they like to boogie). Cossins’ illustration style is at once so naturalistic yet so fun that you’ll want to reach into the page to pat the beagle and give the Chihuahua a treat.

Pilgrim Hodgson is a children’s and YA specialist at Readings Kids.

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