Occasionally Accurate Science by July Westhale (with illustrations by Liz Laribee)

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Occasionally Accurate Science by July Westhale (with illustrations by Liz Laribee)


The poems and illustrations in Occasionally Accurate Science investigate, play with, and push the envelope of collective nouns in fantastical and ordinary ways. With off-the-wall forms and the occasional scientific accuracy, Occasionally Accurate Science seeks to help children (and quirky adults!) explore the blurry lines between fact and fiction, poetry and taxonomy. Occasionally Accurate Science allows readers to explore the fantastical world of groupings of animals with one eye turned toward the truth. It is a delightful book that can be used for fancy and education in equal measure.

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Praise for Occasionally Accurate Science:

“In delightfully off-kilter poems that smack of Ogden Nash, July Westhale and Liz Laribee's Occasionally Accurate Science strolls through an alphabet zoo, schooling us in the very noble sounding but probably not-quite-accurate collective nouns for all their favorite creatures: a ‘yell’ of yaks, a ‘kayak’ of kangaroos. …”

Justin Rigamonti, artist, teacher, Co-founder of Poetry Press Week, author of The Pigs Went Marching Out

Occasionally Accurate Sciencea fantastical taxonomy of animals from an Atom of Apes to a Zeal of Zebras—invites us to celebrate both natural and unnatural wonders. Encompassing such diversiform phenomena as the habitats and plumage of grouses, foxes' feminist tendencies and the periodic migration of zebras to San Francisco disco halls, this miraculous book will captivate readers of all ages.”

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, author of Salve and Collateral Damage

Publication Details

All of our books are printed locally in Oakland, CA. We strongly believe in supporting local publishers and local printers.

January 2019 • 9 x 9 • pp. 65 • Trade Paper

ISBN: 978-1-7327866-1-5

Cover illustrations by Liz Laribee

Interior and cover design by Britta Fithian-Zurn

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