Scottish author Rod Campbell’s Dear Zoo, Dear Santa and Oh Dear simply belong on every toddler’s bookshelf. Campbell’s glorious lift-the-flap board books are certain to bring a smile on every child’s face. Campbell is one of the founders of Campbell Blackie Books, that later became Campbell Books. His most famous lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo, was firstly published in 1982. Campbell was born in Scotland and grew up in Zimbabwe, but he moved back to the UK to do his doctorate in organic chemistry. His first book Dear Zoo has been translated into many different languages! Campbell has also created the very relatable preschool character Buster, who has lots of adventures in the buster story books. There are also many fantastic touch-and-feel books for younger bookworms, such as Fluffy Kitten or Buster’s Farm. Campbell’s simple, humorous stories are enjoyed by millions of children worldwide. For over 40 years Rod Campbell has been creating visually appealing and delightful storied for under 5-year-olds. Explore our selection of Rod Campbell books!

FAQ about Rod Campbell

When was Dear Zoo first published?

Rod Campbell’s first book, Dear Zoo, was published in 1982. It has recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary. The Dear Zoo lift-the-flap book is especially popular amongst toddlers, as the bold artwork, catchy refrain and sturdy flaps make it to a perfect bedtime read for the 0–3-year-old age group. There is also a Touch-and-Feel version of the Dear Zoo board book as well as a Dear Zoo gift edition and a Buggy Book for little bookworms.

Why is Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell a good book?

Dear Zoo is such an incredibly popular board book as it not only features bold and bright illustrations but also lots of interactive elements. The repetitive storyline, cute zoo animals and sturdy flaps invite toddlers to explore the book even on their own. It’s a very interactive book that will delight little ones and get them excited for their next trip to the Zoo.

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