Can you believe that Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell has been entertaining little readers for 30 years? First published in 1982, over 5 Million copies have been sold worldwide, and its popularity shows no signs of fading! Dear Zoo has kept up with technology and produced an app for iPhone ideal for entertaining little ones on the move!
We were sent a copy of the new Dear Zoo touch and feel book, Elvis loves books, and he’s fascinated by Dear Zoo, so I was delighted to have an alternative copy which introduces new talking points about textures and continues to encourage making the right animal noises (or is that just our house.. Raaaaarr!).
My favourite part of the book has to be the Lion as I can catch fingers as they poke through the lions mouth – so yes our Lion bites – Rargh! E’s favourite, has to be the jumpy frog, he spends ages poking the frogs sticky feet!
I have to admit that I still like the original version, and that I think we’d need both editions in our house as they serve different purposes! The touch and feel version is not ideal for a bed time book as we get a bit over excited reading it, but it’s fabulous for entertaining E while I’m waiting for Boo to come out of school. Boo is 4, and still enjoys the book to, and it’s helping him learn to identify simple words as well as talk about what he can see.
A huge thank you to Macmillan Publishers for sending us a copy of this lovely book to review!