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Rod Campbell

  • 5 stars across 128 books
    Rod Campbell’s Biography
    Rod Campbell has been writing and illustrating children's books for over 35 years. He is best known for his classic lift-the-flap title Dear Zoo, which has sold over two million copies worldwide. The latest hardback edition of Dear Zoo was published this year to celebrate its 35th anniversary.
     
    Rod also is creator of the much-loved preschool character Buster. His books are popular for preschool children which are ingeniously simple with touches of gentle humour.
     
    Rod Campbell Facts
    Rod Campbell was born in Scotland in 1945 and brought up in Zimbabwe. He returned to Britain where he completed a doctorate in organic chemistry. He moved into publishing in 1980 when he started designing interactive books for babies and toddlers.
     
    In 1987, he founded the Campbell Blackie Books in partnership with his publisher Blackie. Campbell Books was sold in 1995 to Macmillan Publishers.
     
    Our favourite Rod Campbell Book Characters
    Buster – from the Buster series
    All the zoo animals! – from Dear Zoo
     
    Our favourite Rod Campbell Book Quotes
    “Buster loves to visit the bears. They’re having a rest, but baby bear is wide awake!” (Buster’s Zoo)
    2nd July 2010

    Dear Zoo

    'I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet . . .' Rod Campbell's classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo has been a f... More

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    1st August 2014

    Dear Santa

    It's December and Santa wants to know what everyone wants for Christmas, as long as you've been good girls and boys! Mic... More

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    7th May 2010

    Oh Dear!

    Rod Campbell, the creator of the preschool lift-the-flap classic Dear Zoo , has been a trusted name in early learni... More

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    10th May 2012

    Buster's Zoo

    Rod Campbell, the creator of the preschool lift-the-flap classic Dear Zoo , has been a trusted name in early learni... More

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    1st January 2014

    ABC Zoo

    Rod Campbell, the creator of the preschool lift-the-flap classic Dear Zoo , has been a trusted name in early learni... More

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    1st January 2014

    Noisy Farm

    Rod Campbell, the creator of the preschool lift-the-flap classic Dear Zoo , has been a trusted name in early learni... More

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    1st January 2015

    My Presents

    Rod Campbell, the creator of the preschool lift-the-flap classic Dear Zoo , has been a trusted name in early learni... More

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    1st May 2010

    123

    Teaches children how to count and write the numbers 1 to 20. Simple, easy-to-follow activities include counting, dot-to-... More

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    1st June 2015

    Naughty Henry

    I have a dog called Henry. I love him a lot . . . But Henry isn't always a well-behaved dog, and in this ... More

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    14th February 2013

    Baby Animals Shaped Buggy Book

    Even very little toddlers will love turning the animal shaped pages of Rod Campbell's Baby Animals Shaped Buggy Book... More

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    1st July 2017

    Farm

    Follow Farmer Ted around his busy farm, as he looks after his animals. Decorate each wonderful picture with the amazing ... More

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    1st July 2013

    Its Mine!

    Lulu and Baby Bear are having great fun together in their tiger den. But when Lulu wants to play with Baby Bear's new ... More

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    30th September 2014

    ABC

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    12th April 2006

    My Zoo Album

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    1st May 2006

    My Day

    Covering topics familiar to the age group, the 'Reading Roundabout' series encourages the development of reading skills,... More

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    31st December 2015

    Henry's Ball

    Rod Campbell has been a trusted name in early learning for over thirty years. In Henry's Ball toddlers can foll... More

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    7th January 2011

    Buster's Birthday

    In Buster's Birthday, Buster, Rod Campbell's much-loved character, is celebrating his birthday with a party and lots... More

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    22nd March 2018

    Oh Dear! 35th Anniversary Edition

    Rod Campbell, the creator of the preschool lift-the-flap classic Dear Zoo, has been a trusted name in early learning for... More

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    24th January 2013

    How Many?

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    7th May 2010

    I'm Hungry!

    Who's the hungriest animal of them all? Find out in this touch-and-feel book for the very young -- but watch out for t... More

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    1st August 2008

    Our Jungle

    'We need some long grass, tall trees, an enormous elephant, lots of noisy monkeys and all kinds of creepy crawlies. ... More

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    18th May 2005

    Can you?

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    1st September 1996

    First Rhymes

    A lively collection of rhymes, songs and games to share, sing and play with young children. With new rhymes and traditio... More

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    5th May 2016

    Farm Babies

    A wonderful new board book version of FARM BABIES by the author of Dear Zoo. This charming book has lots of baby animals... More

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    5th May 2016

    Farm Chase

    Visiting the farm is a favourite activity for many toddlers. This charming book takes us on a chase around the farm incl... More

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    7th October 2011

    My First Nativity Set

    By the creator of DEAR ZOO, this set is a beautiful introduction to the story of the Nativity. First read the picture bo... More

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    11th February 2016

    Let's Name!

    Rod Campbell, the creator of Dear Zoo , has been a trusted name in early learning for over 30 years and Macmillan i... More

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    5th January 2012

    Noisy Farm

    Rod Campbell, the creator of the preschool lift-the-flap classic Dear Zoo , has been a trusted name in early learni... More

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    21st April 2016

    Animal Rhymes

    Rod Campbell, the creator of the preschool lift-the-flap classic Dear Zoo , has been a trusted name in early learni... More

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    1st November 2011

    What's That

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    24th October 2005

    Y Nadolig Cyntaf

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    29th January 2010

    Fferm Ar Ras

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    30th December 2015

    Fluffy

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    21st November 2011

    Fluffy Chick

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    1st September 1995

    Sefyll-i-fyny Jyngl

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    1st March 1995

    Amser Te

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    1st March 1995

    Amser Bath

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    1st December 1998

    Pryfed Lliw

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    1st March 1995

    Amser Gwely

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    1st December 1998

    Pryfed Rhifo

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    1st September 1994

    Fferm Swnllyd

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    2nd July 2012

    Fluffy Santa

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    26th March 1993

    Baby's Book

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    30th March 2015

    A Shutha Choir

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    1st May 1997

    I Won't Bite!

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    1st May 1997

    I Won't Bite!

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    5th September 2016

    The First Christmas

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    1st February 1993

    Pethau Diddorol

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    17th March 1988

    It's Mine

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    1st May 1997

    I Won't Bite!

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    1st May 1997

    I Won't Bite!

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    1st May 2014

    Dear Santa

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    5th July 2012

    Dinosaur Shaped Buggy Book

    Rod Campbell's delightful Dinosaur Shaped Buggy Book is a fun baby book that will appeal to fans of Campbell's much ... More

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    3rd September 2010

    I Won't Bite!

    Rod Campbell, the creator of the preschool lift-the-flap classic Dear Zoo , has been a trusted name in early learni... More

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    5th July 2012

    Spin and Say: A First Words Book

    Rod Campbell, the creator of the preschool lift-the-flap classic Dear Zoo , has been a trusted name in early learni... More

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    1st July 2011

    Rod Campbell's Animal Book: Lift-the-Flap Rhymes and Games

    Rod Campbell's Animal Book is bursting with rhymes and games to share with your toddler. This fun book of rhymes f... More

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    31st December 2015

    Where's Teddy?

    Buster and Teddy go everywhere together. Today Buster is helping around the house, but where's Teddy? This search-a... More

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    3rd September 2010

    ABC Zoo

    Rod Campbell, the creator of the preschool lift-the-flap classic Dear Zoo , has been a trusted name in early le... More

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    7th May 2015

    Oh Dear! Farm Animal Shapes

    Rod Campbell, the creator of the preschool lift-the-flap classic Dear Zoo , has been a trusted name in early learni... More

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    29th April 2004

    Farm Babies

    This is a board book version of the paperback edition of "Farm Babies" by the author of "Dear Zoo". This charming book h... More

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    31st May 2016

    My Cuddly Friends

    Rod Campbell, the creator of the preschool lift-the-flap classic Dear Zoo , has been a trusted name in early learni... More

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    1st May 1997

    I Won't Bite!

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    1st March 1990

    Garden Animals

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    23rd February 2017

    On the Farm

    Rod Campbell, the creator of Dear Zoo , has been a trusted name in early learning for over thirty years and Macmill... More

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    13th March 2017

    Co Tha Siud?

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    1st February 1993

    My Pop-up Garden Friends

    Pull a tab or turn the page and see familiar garden creatures come to life!... More

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    1st January 1990

    Pop-up Pet Shop

    Illustrations depict the animals available at the pet shop, including a puppy, a kitten, a rabbit, a hamster, and a fish... More

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    7th May 2010

    Goodnight Buster!

    It's bedtime for Buster, so he puts away his toys and has his bath. Then there's time to say goodnight to the pets and... More

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    7th May 2010

    It's Mine!

    Who does the long nose belong to? And the curly tail? Young children will love turning the pages to find out! Packed wit... More

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    5th July 2012

    Farm Animal Shaped Buggy Book

    Even very little toddlers will love turning the die-cut pages of this buggy book and discovering all the different shape... More

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    12th June 2009

    Farm 123

    Come for a day on the farm - and learn to count at the same time! From one farm cat, to ten naughty rabbits there's all ... More

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    1st June 2009

    Oh Dear!

    Buster goes down to the farmyard to fetch the eggs for Grandma. But where will he find them? Lift the flaps, meet all th... More

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    21st April 1995

    Lift-the-Flap Animal Book

    This charming paperback, with sturdy card pages, is bursting with all sorts of wonderful animals, all illustrated by Rod... More

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    1st October 1995

    Lift-the-flap Nursery Book

    This charming paperback, with sturdy card pages, is bursting with traditional and familiar nursery rhymes, all illustrat... More

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    22nd November 1996

    Buster Keeps Warm

    For pre-school children, this book follows Buster as one by one his clothes are put in place.... More

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    1st August 1997

    Noisy Frogs

    Made from foam-filled vinyl, this bath book is suitable for babies, aged six months and above. With the concertina pages... More

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    26th March 1999

    Baby's Fluffy Friends

    Babies can touch rabbits and meet playful kittens in this touch and feel book. There's also a puppy, a lamb and a chick.... More

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    21st April 2000

    Buster's Park - Tab Index

    A baby's board book featuring tab indexes that show what Buster sees and does on each page, which helps babies learn to ... More

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    19th August 2005

    I Won't Bite!

    Join the friendly animals in this touch-and-feel book... but watch out for the pop-up surprise! Another charming title f... More

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    20th January 2006

    Baby Animals

    Very young readers will love naming the baby animals in this jolly concertina book! With clear, colourful illustrations ... More

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    15th April 2005

    Zoo Animals

    Very young readers will love naming the zoo animals in this jolly concertina book! With clear, colourful illustrations a... More

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    17th June 2005

    Noisy Farm

    Come for a tour of Noisy Farm with Sam the farm dog! Visit the animals, lift the flaps and join in with the noises. Rod ... More

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    1st April 2005

    Farm Animals

    Very young readers will love naming the farm animals in this jolly concertina book! With clear, colourful illustrations ... More

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    1st May 2006

    Buster Gets Dressed

    Children will love this simple and reassuring text featuring every toddler's morning routine, and will enjoy interacting... More

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    20th October 2006

    Dear Santa Book and CD Pack

    A letter to Santa starts off on a merry chain of gift-wrapping, but nothing is quite right and each time he thinks bette... More

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    3rd September 2010

    I'm Not Scary PB

    These creatures aren't scary . . . or are they? A scritchy-scratchy grasshopper, a shiny beetle and even a slimy snail a... More

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    18th April 2008

    Buster's Birthday

    Buster, the much-loved character, is celebrating his birthday with a party and bundles of presents. This fun title featu... More

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    1st May 2009

    Buster's Farm

    From the author of the best-selling DEAR ZOO, this fun touch-and-feel book with simple, clear illustrations and text jus... More

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    2nd January 2009

    Buster's Birthday

    Buster, the much-loved character, is celebrating his birthday with a party and bundles of presents. This fun title featu... More

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    25th October 1996

    Flying Things

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    25th October 1996

    Scary Things

    Aimed at very young children, this book uses fabrics to produce different sensations of touch. The objects depicted in t... More

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    25th October 1996

    Creepy Things

    Aimed at very young children, this book uses fabrics to produce different sensations of touch. The objects depicted in t... More

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    25th October 1996

    Fishy Things

    Aimed at very young children, this book uses fabrics to produce different sensations of touch. The objects depicted in t... More

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    11th July 1997

    Noisy Ducks

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    20th July 2001

    Buster's Day (board book)

    Lift the flaps and share in Buster's various activities throughout a very busy day.... More

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    1st April 2004

    Farm 123 (BB)

    Come for a day on the farm - and learn to count at the same time! From one farm cat, to ten naughty rabbits there's all ... More

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    5th October 2007

    Dear Santa

    A letter to Santa starts off on a merry chain of gift-wrapping, but nothing is quite right and each time, he thinks bett... More

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    2nd February 2007

    I'm Not Scary! HB

    This brand-new touch-and-feel title from the author of DEAR ZOO is sure to delight brave young readers. A scritchy-scrat... More

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    2nd March 2007

    Oh Dear! Book and Egg Cup Pack

    Join Buster for breakfast with this delightful pack containing the board book version of Rod Campbell's OH DEAR! and a c... More

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    1st January 1992

    Who's That?

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    20th August 2004

    I'm Hungry

    This lift-the-flap book combines bold illustrations, child-friendly paper-engineering and a funny surprise ending.... More

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    9th October 2008

    Noah's Ark

    This child friendly board book comes in a handy fold-up carry-case, that also doubles up as a fantastic ark play set! In... More

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    23rd July 2002

    I Won't Bite

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    1st March 1994

    Come into the Garden Read-On

    General Editor: Sue Palmer Fiction Editor and Language Consultant: Wendy BodyThe Longman Book Project for ages 4-11: Ins... More

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    1st July 2011

    Rod Campbell's Nursery Book: Lift-the-Flap Rhymes and Games

    Rod Campbell's Nursery Book is bursting with traditional, much-loved nursery rhymes as well as original verses and... More

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    28th December 2017

    Lift-the-Flap Jungle

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    28th December 2017

    Lift-the-Flap Farm

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    5th June 2008

    My Very Own "Dear Zoo" Activity Set

    Adored by generations of toddlers, "Dear Zoo" is a delightful, funny flap book for the very young - all about finding th... More

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    24th January 2019

    Dear Zoo Snuggle Book

    Created by Rod Campbell for the very youngest animal enthusiasts, the Dear Zoo Snuggle Book features all the anima... More

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    21st March 2019

    ABC Zoo

    Rod Campbell, the creator of the preschool lift-the-flap classic Dear Zoo , has been a trusted name in early learni... More

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    25th July 2019

    My Presents

    Rod Campbell, the creator of the preschool lift-the-flap classic Dear Zoo , has been a trusted name in early learni... More

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