Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell

POINTS: 2 out of 10.

Bechdel: 0 points
Variety of characters: 0 points
Good story: 2 points.
Discretionary ideological points: 0 points.

Dear Zoo is another very iconic “lift the flap” style book, and helped give the genre the sticking power it has. It doesn’t do well in the points department, but let’s face it, all the characters (with the possible exception of the unnamed narrator) are animals, so that’s hardly a surprise.

It is a pretty nifty little book though. Kids love lifting flaps, and they love animals, and the repetition in the text works well for children. C enjoyed it, despite it being obviously aimed at a younger audience. It was fun for me to read with him.

There’s nothing earth shattering or wildly interesting going on with this book – it doesn’t even have the accolade of being the first of its kind – but it certainly did contribute to the popularity of this sort of interactivity in kids’ picture books, so I have to give it credit for that. It’s fun and engaging. The pictures are bold and bright. It does what it says on the box. and that’s something.

I don’t really have much more to say though. If you have a very small human, it will no doubt entertain them, low score notwithstanding. It isn’t breaking any boundaries, but not every book has to.

What do you think? What’s your favourite lift-the-flap book?

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