Celebrating 35 years of “Dear Zoo”

Published February 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Many parents and children will be familiar with a book called Dear Zoo. The book; aimed at very young children is a hard back, lift the flap type book and was wrote by Rod Campbell. The story is told in nurseries everywhere and this year the book celebrates a huge 35 year anniversary. It’s almost as old as myself! 


Dear Zoo is a very easy read book. There are no real characters but the story is told as if it’s from a child who writes to the Zoo for a new pet. The Zoo send all sorts of animals but none are suitable for different reasons – too big, too scary, too naughty etc. In the end the child gets a perfect pet which they keep.

All young children and toddlers will love the lift flap pages where they see which animal has been sent on each page. 

Both Ryan and Jordanna had copies of this book when they were younger, and now Izebella also had her own special copy, being the 35th anniversary box copy but still exactly the same book.

Izebella is learning a few letters and words at nursery but she is not reading yet. She can however read this book. I only had to read it once and now she knows the story word for word. The images and limited txt make it a very easy book to read and learn. She loves it. 


Throughout 2017 Macmillan Children’s Books (Dear Zoo publishers!) is celebrating 35 years of Dear Zoo with an exciting programme of anniversary activity will include new publishing, an ongoing licensing programme, Dear Zoo live on stage plus an unmissable Easter treat at ZSL London Zoo. The Dear Zoo Trail will be open through the Easter holidays at London Zoo and families will be able to follow the story of the Dear Zoo book, with fun trail stops, animal facts and photo opportunities along the way.

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