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Saturday 12 January 2019

Review: Dear Zoo

Rod Campbell's lift-the-flap book, Dear Zoo, combines a young child's love of zoo animals and playing hide and seek. This winning combination has made it a family favourite for over three decades.

In Dear Zoo a child writes a letter to the zoo asking them to send them a pet. What zoo animal would you like as a pet? Maybe it is an elephant, a lion, or a frog.

As the story unfolds we discover that some animals are just not suitable as a pet. I wonder which animal will be a the perfect pet? The ending will be a huge surprise.

Dear Zoo is an amusing and interactive story that gives space for children to guess and at times even predict what animal is in the crate/behind the flap.  The repetitive phrases will soon have your toddler reading along as you tell the story. It is easy-to-read story with large text and bright illustrations on a white background.

Since its first publication in 1982, Dear Zoo has been printed in many formats. You can read Dear Zoo as a paperback, hardback, a lift-the-flap book, pop-up book, board book, noisy book, buggy book and soon it will also be available as a soft, snuggly cloth book (29 January 2019).

If you would like to read other Rob Campbell stories then take a look at the touch-and-feel book, Can You?

Title: Dear Zoo
Author/Illustrator: Rod Campbell
Publisher: Puffin Books, $14.95
Publication Date: 1 June 1985
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140504460
For ages: 0 - 5
Type: Picture Book