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I wrote to the zoo... (repeat x 100)

AdvantagesSimple story, lovely illustrations, fun for toddlers

DisadvantagesSlightly repetitive when reading multiple times

"Dear Zoo has been a favourite in this house for a few years now. My son had the classic hardback version of the book, with its simple story and flaps to lift which we always enjoyed reading together. My daughter was given the Dear Zoo Noisy Book last year and this is now a firm favourite for story time. She does tend to go through phases of preferring a certain book and this is one that has been the book of the moment several times now. I am reviewing ..." Read review

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So Lions Do Have Big Cat Flaps

AdvantagesPretty much anything my children say.

DisadvantagesPretty much anything I say!

"...to Marnie or Ellie." They'd found Dear Zoo, we must have left it at my mother's ages ago, when they still wanted picture books at bedtime and when this was one of our favourites. And they'd suddenly remembered how they used to enjoy it and they wanted to enjoy it again. And I was rather glad of that, so I retrieved their quilts from upstairs, made the three of us all comfortable under them on the sofa and started to read... "'I wrote to the ..." Read review

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Community Level 7Groovee


A story for all ages - Not just Mummy

AdvantagesShort, simple story.

Disadvantagesa bit too short and children wish it to be read over and over.

"...as a Nursery Nurse was Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. All the rooms in the nursery used to fight over the book as the children loved it to be read at story time. The book is about someone looking for a pet, and starts off with "I wrote to the Zoo to send me a pet." Then you go through simple pages with flaps and underneath is an animal but there is always a reason why it is sent back. Until one day the zoo get it right and send out the perfect pet. This ..." Read review

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Community Level 4Popalee


When will my perfect pet arrive?

Advantagesshort, encourages language development, fun


"Given that much of my working life is spent with the under 5's I have read this book more times than most people have had hot dinners, so you may be surprised to hear that I never get tired of it- yep, I'm a 31 year old woman and I am not ashamed to say that this simple book has a firm spot in my top 10 books of all time! What's it about? Our narrator has decided he (I'm saying he because the book is written in teh first person and is written ..." Read review

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I might have to practice my letter writing!

AdvantagesRepetitive, large text, cartoon pictures, easy to lift sturdy flaps

Disadvantagesbad monkey graphic in anniversary copy so avoid if you can

"...boys won't part with is Dear Zoo. We have owned the book for a while having got a copy through the health visitor and bookstart when one of the boys had a health check. We get so many free books, some are brilliant and some are less good. This is a classic first published in 1982, and it is a goodie. We have owned 2 versions of the board book. One was an anniversary copy, and for some reason the pictures were all the same apart from one of a monkey ..." Read review

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Community Level 6oldchem


I have been writing to the Zoo for 20 years !! Review with images

AdvantagesThis is fast becoming a children's classic

DisadvantagesNone at all

"== DEAR ZOO == === ROD CAMPBELL === I have been sorting out my spare bedroom ready for my grandkid’s October visit. Hence my latest dabble into reviewing children’s books. I have a shelf of books in there that I use to read to and with my grandchildren and which the older ones read themselves. An old favourite ( one that I first read to my daughter who is now 20) is ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell. This isn’t actually the same book I read to ..." Read review

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Community Level 5sdwill


A Zooful of ideas

AdvantagesSimple, beautifully illustrated and fun


"...feely pages. His book Dear Zoo is on the National Curriculum reading list and was first published in 1982. It must have been quite an innovation then. Dear Zoo is written in the first person, it’s about writing a letter to the zoo asking them to send a pet. The zoo obliges and sends a variety of animals some of which are too big, tall, fierce, grumpy or scary. They are sent back and the story ends with a perfect choice being made! I won’t ..." Read review

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Community Level 4Deenar


I wrote to the zoo to .......................

AdvantagesRead it for hours

DisadvantagesRead it for hours

"...on the front.With big letters DEAR ZOO. Page by page your lift the flap to see what the Zoo have sent as a pet. I won't say im artistic or even dramatic(or though my husband would beg to differ on the last point!) But when the book is produced to be read by my now 4yr old and even my 15 month old boy(who actually never sits still long enough to listen to anything normally) I ROAR "DEAR ZOO" This gets the attention every time... THE STORY. Its ..." Read review

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Community Level 1tanyask


Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell

AdvantagesFun and exciting book for young children - fab.

DisadvantagesWatch out for those flaps - easy to tear!!!!

"A charming and fun book - make the noises of the animals and entertain your children. Thorougly enjoyable a real must for any book collection of young children. LIft the flaps and see what the zoo has sent - the perfect pet - in the end!!!!!! Just watch out for those flaps - ours are sellotaped and rather dogged ear - not a book to be kept for best as will be read and re-read and played with. Great for a present from very young to about two years ..." Read review

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"Dear Zoo", A Lovely Picture Book

AdvantagesGreat for toddlers: bright, colorful pictures, interactive, simple language


""Dear Zoo" is a lovely picture book. I used to love it when I was a toddler and my three younger siblings each loved in when it was passed on to them. It's a very simple interactive book aimed at very young children. At the beginning of the book a child writes to the zoo and asks them to send them a pet, the zoo responds and you open a flap to find out what they've sent. The animal is, however, deemed "Too.." something and is sent back, so the zoo ..." Read review

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Community Level 1denmcd


A fab book

AdvantagesGood interaction with your child

DisadvantagesCan't think of any

"I first bought Dear Zoo for my son when he was 1 year old. He is now 3 and this book is still one of his favourites. My 6 month old daughter is now starting to show a bit of an interest when we are reading it. In the beginning my son would just lift the flaps and I would tell the story, but now he enjoys reading the whole book to me, describing the animals and telling me what noises they make and why they would not be an ideal pet. i.e. the giraffe ..." Read review

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