Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Dear Zoo

Written by Rod Campbell
Illustrated by

Baby and Toddler   
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What is the perfect pet? The zoo keeps sending all kinds of animals but, lift the flap and readers will see they are too big, too tall, too jumpy, too grumpy or too scary. Sadly, each of them is returned. Finally, the zoo sends the perfect pet and everyone is happy!

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. 'I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet. so they sent me a . . .' Lift the flap to discover the big elephant, the fierce lion, the grumpy camel (all returned) - and finally a puppy.
~ The Good Book Guide


Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet ...This classic lift-the-flap book has been a favourite with toddlers ever since it was first published in 1982. Now reissued as a sturdy casebound board book, perfect for little hands!


A classic for the under fives. Daily Telegraph

Rare is the household where this book doesn't become an instant hit and long-time favourite. Independent

About the Author

Rod Campbell

Rod Campbell has been creating innovative books for the under-fives for over thirty years.

Best known for his classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo, he is also the creator of the much-loved preschool character Buster.

Ingeniously simple with touches of gentle humour, Rod's books have withstood the test of time and are enjoyed by children, parents and teachers around the world.

Julia Eccleshare, the editorial expert on Lovereading4kids says, Rod Campbell is the masterly creator of interactive books including classic tab and flap books such Dear Zoo, the story of choosing exactly the right pet. Simplicity itself in terms of design and always full of delightful surprises, Rod Campbell’s books are perfect as first introductions to concepts, numbers in Farm 123 and letters in ABC Zoo. Campbell’s Touch and Feel books such as Buster’s Farm include wonderfully tactile experiences for little fingers.

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24 pages
Interest Age: 3


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Publication date

8th November 2012




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