Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Celebrating 35 years of Dear Zoo


We love the fun lift-the- flap book Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell and this year celebrates 35 years of the firm favorite. It's a book that toddlers and parents alike will love and children will love lifting the flaps to discover the animals that the zoo has sent. Including animals such as a monkey, elephant and giraffe to name a few,  however will the zoo send the perfect pet? 

 “I can hardly believe that Dear Zoo is celebrating its 35th anniversary! I really am enormously touched and delighted that successive generations of young children continue to love Dear Zoo - their obvious pleasure when interacting with it is so gratifying to see, and for me is the very greatest of compliments!” - Rod Campbell


Blake loves his copy of the book and is one of his favorites that he will take off the bookshelf and hand to me to be read again and again. 

On the 23rd February 2017 a special hardback 35 year edition is being released.  
With extra-thick paper, shiny foiled jacket and beautifully designed slipcase the edition will make the perfect birthday, Christening or Christmas present to be treasured for years.

Dear Zoo is a great classic with bright and bold artwork and is a must for children's bookshelves. 

Dear Zoo has sold over 8 million copies worldwide since its publication in 1982 and is published in more than 20 languages. The original board book edition forms an essential part of every child’s first library, and Dear Zoo is available in a wide range of different formats and published By Macmillan Children's books. 

49 comments:

  1. We love this book! It's one of our favourites and never grows old!

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  2. Hehe we adore this book as well. Though ours has seen better days with small hands. Loving the idea of the Ltd edition book x

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  3. wow really i never thought it was actually that old im 34 this year x

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  4. I didn't realise it was that old. We have a copy somewhere it is a bit battered but has been very well read x

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  5. I can't believe it's 35 years old. We bought this last week, my boys love it

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  6. Dear Zoo is one of Emily's favourite books, I'm sure I know nearly all the words by heart now. Can't believe its 35 years old, such a timeless classic!

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  7. This was one of my favourite books as a kid and the love for it has passed on to Riley as well. It's as popular today as it was back then! xx

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  8. I remember this from my childhood. Thanks for a flash from my past ! X

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  9. No idea why but never heard of Dear Zoo but sounds like just the book i'd have loved. Always loved animals! x

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  10. Ahhhh happy birthday Dear Zoo - that book hols a very special place in my heart!

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  11. We have this book and both my boys have loved it dearly. It's a must-have for sure. Cute photos x

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  12. 35 years old? My goodness, I wouldn't have guessed that. How fab. I realise that some of my favourite stories are indeed much older than I think, because if I think about my eldest son, who is 22 this year, well then, they are older than him for starters.

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  13. Oh wow, are they really that old? I remember reading them as a kid and I actually just bought one to read to my daughter too.

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  14. Oh wow I didn't realise it had been around this long. Both my girls loved this book and we had the Christmas edition. X

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  15. I used to love this book when I was younger, it was brilliant!

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  16. We love 'Dear Zoo' in our household too, but I can't believe it's 35 years old! I love the look of the special edition as a special present!

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  17. I used to read this when I was little, I love that it's still going strong

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  18. 35 years already? This makes me feel really old!

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  19. How can it be that old! Seriously. I had no idea. My little ones love it.

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  20. I loved this book when I was a child! My daughter brought it home from nursery school last week and she loves it too xx

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  21. I've never heard of this book before, it does sound great x

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  22. Oh wow! 35 years ! I had no idea! We love reading that book too

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  23. I can not believe this book is turning 35, I remember having a copy when I was a kid x

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  24. Your pictures are seriously cute! I think story time is so important for young children!

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  25. I don't think I've ever read Dear Zoo, but it sounds like a cute book!

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  26. This is one of my grandson's favorite books! Made me smile when I saw your post

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  27. Wow! I never knew it were that old! That's really cool!

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  28. Wow 35 years old. I bet my kids read this one when when they were younger. I forget now as they had so many books when they were small. Lovely pictures :)

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  29. I loved this book as a child and I bought it for my little one too. We read this at least twice a week. Can not believe it's been published for 35 years

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  30. Wow I am shocked it is 35 years old, I know it has been around for a while but not this long x

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  31. Wow that's amazing, definitely gonna pick this up for my baby sister.

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  32. 35 years is crazy. Looks like a really fun and classic book - enjoy :)

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  33. Can you believe that although I have 4 children, we don't have a copy of the book? It's my youngest's 3rd birthday in June and I'm planning to get her the book as well as a lot of wooden toys that are themed around the book.

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  34. Oh my gosh- I never knew it was 35 years this year!!

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  35. Can't believe it's been 35 years! My mummy used to have that book xx

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  36. Aw we love Dear Zoo, we have a story sack with finger puppets :)

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  37. Wow, 35 years old........that makes me feel really old, we love this book

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  38. We haven't read this book. Will look it up. Sounds fab.

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  39. oh my, i remember this book. it brings back so many memories

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  40. We still have this book, even though my youngest is now 6. He loves it still.

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  41. I didn't realise this book was that old, my daughter has a copy somewhere from when she was little xx

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  42. This will always be a classic read!!! I love this book and remember it so well as a child, my two children adore this book now too!

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  43. It's older than my brother, like the very hungry caterpillar thus was a firm fave in our household x

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  44. I can't bear to get rid of our battered copy of Dear Zoo even though my girls are far too old for it. Has such wonderful memories of when they were toddlers. I love your pics of reading with Blake.

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  45. It's such a lovely book. My mum read it to me, I've read it with my little ones, and I like to think they'll read it with theirs.

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  46. We have so many books in the house bit we actually don't have this one. I can't believe it's been around for that long,

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  47. I recognise this cover! Not sure if I read it myself as a child but I probably did :)

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  48. Absolutely sounds like a good book! This is so interesting for me.

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