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Dear Zoo Animal Shapes Hardcover – Illustrated, 12 Apr 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023076083X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230760837
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 1.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 919,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A first book of zoo animals, based on the classic Dear Zoo

About the Author

Rod Campbell has been writing and illustrating children's books for over thirty years. Best known for his classic lift-the-flap book, Dear Zoo, he is also the creator of the much-loved preschool character Buster. Ingeniously simple, with touches of gentle humour, Rod's books are loved by children, parents and teachers alike.


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I will admit to being a bit disappointed in this book. It's very sweet and has the lovely standard of illustration familiar to 'Dear Zoo' readers. But it is basically cashing in on the popularity of the proper story. I'm less than convinced about the value of the 'shape' elements, and it's disappointing that around the vaguely animal-shaped pages the story has been cut down to a scant 5 lines (as a toddler book, it was never exactly 'War and Peace'!).

Inside the hardback binding of the book are 8 board book pages with large pictures of animals on them, each animal occupying its own page. The pages have been vaguely cut around the shapes of the animals on their 3 unbound edges. Due to the nature of the cut-outs you get the same animal pictured on both sides of the page. The first side of the animal has its name printed on it, while legends 'too big', 'too tall', etc. are printed on the back. I'm not as keen on this as I could be. The pictures are nice and a good size, but by scaling all the animals to full page size it makes it a bit difficult for little children to see the reasons for sending the animals back to the zoo: the frog and puppy end up the same size as the elephant and giraffe!

The structuring of the last page in the book - which summarises the plot of 'Dear Zoo' - is a bit confusing, saying that all the animals were sent back... then contradicting this with a statement about having kept the puppy.

It's a pretty toddler book, and it has nice illustrations. But it's very much an adjunct to 'Dear Zoo' and does nothing in terms of teaching about shapes/sizes.
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Rod Campbell's original 'Dear Zoo' book has been a massive hit with my two-year-old for at last a year. He loves the lift-the-flap aspect to it and enjoys identifying all the animals. This new book is a spin-off and just features cut-outs of the animals with the words 'too big!', 'too jumpy!' etc. It's a nice bright board book with the same attractive illustrations as the original. Unfortunately it's not engaging enough for my son now as he needs something with a bit more complexity. For a younger child, though, I wouldn't hesitate.
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I'm afraid this book is cashing in the series' popularity. The original are funny and of good quality, this one is dull. The essence o the book is given here on amazon; too big, too small and that's about it. Buy the original instead.
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This book is a firm family favouite. I got this edition for my 1yr old nephew and he loves it. The thick board the book is made from is durable and the colors are great. For those of you who dont know the story the child has written to the zoo for a pet but everything they send is wrong... the giraffe is too tall the snake to scaly ect... untill they send a puppy which is just right.
You cant go wrong with this pre-school story for 1-4 yr olds. especially for the price
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Given that this book is called "Animal Shapes" I'd expected some shapes - ie squares, triangles etc.

In fact the only "shapes" are the shapes of the pages which are cut out approximately around the shape of the animals - eg the elephant page is very roughly elephant-shaped. There's no shapes which I could use as a teaching aid for my toddler.

It's an attractive but very basic board book. On each page there is a picture of an animal and its name, on the reverse, a description - eg "too big", "too naughty" etc until you get to the puppy which is "perfect!".

My son has the lift the flap version of the book and I vastly prefer it. It's more entertaining. The "shapes" version adds nothing so I would recommend sticking with the original.
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