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Dear Zoo

Written by Rod Campbell

Books for Babies and Toddlers Featured Books for 3+ readers

LoveReading View on Dear Zoo

Have you ever wanted a pet? How do you find the right one?

An elephant is too heavy, a  giraffe is too tall, a frog is too jumpy. Hidden behind a flap, each new arrival that the zoo sends is a wonderful surprise but never quite right. Until, at last, they send the perfect pet.

Dear Zoo is one of the books chosen to be part of the World Book Day Big Little Book Corner, especially aimed at younger children.  Four picture book favourites from Rod Campbell have been brought to life as video books with Rod's original illustrations and narrated by the author himself!  Find out more at


Dear Zoo Synopsis

What kind of pet would you like from the zoo? An elephant, a lion, a snake, or something smaller? Lift the flaps and see what has been sent - it's bound to be a surprise.

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ISBN: 9780140504460
Publication date: 28/03/1985
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780140504460
Publication date: 28th March 1985
Author: Rod Campbell
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 20 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers

About 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 ...

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