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Lift the flaps to unwrap a Christmas present on every page of Dear Santa , a festive book by Rod Campbell, creator of the preschool classic Dear Zoo . Toddlers will love lifting the flaps to discover what Father Christmas has sent, and finding the perfect present at the end. With bright, bold artwork and a touch-and-feel surprise, Dear Santa is the ideal Christmas gift for fans of Dear Zoo.

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2nd November '17
I read it to Aedan2014 aged 3 aged 3
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
Another fabulous book by Rod Campbell so simple but yet effective - I won this book in a Toppsta giveaway and showed it to my 3 year old straight away.. he loves the colours and lift the flap! I feel Santa at this age is a great introduction to Christmas and the magical holiday that it is for children.. this book shows kids that and helps them gain recognition and educate them about the holiday season. 

Thank you for the book it’s one we’ll treasure! 
15th June '17
I read it to Pip aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
Lovely book from creator of dear zoo. My daughter loves it. 
4th May '18
I read it to Madh aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
A fantastic Christmas book with similar storyline to dear zoo. With flaps with hidden presents and a tactile page at the end, this is the perfect stocking gift for babies and toddler! A must for Christmas! 
10th November '16
I read it to beardy aged 3 aged 3
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
Purchased this book today and my little boy of 3 years old loves it :)
One of the best Xmas books we have now.
It has a lovely story to it and has santas Xmas presents to open on each page.
Is a lovely thick and chunky book and a great addition to the Xmas books we have.
He gets so excited with the present flaps on each page has if he opening a real present.
If you only buy one Xmas book this year I highly recommend this one :)
8th January '18
I read it to CallieT aged 2 aged 2
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
My daughter loves this book and we read it nearly every night in December.  She loved following the story and opening each flap to reveal the present.  Brilliant book as always from Rod Campbell.
16th October '16
I read it to Esmerose aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
My daughter loved this book as it has flaps to open. 
If ur child is a fan of dear zoo then dear Santa is a book for them 
It has special touch and feel which is good for children's touch sense
It has bright colourful pictures
It's a story about getting the right present. Takes about big & small, to Messy, to noisy
12th November '18
I read it to Robinpoppy aged 3 aged 3 & to Astridpoppy aged 6 months aged 0
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
My family love dear zoo, so this book was a must have. Its a great Christmas story for little ones and we even saw the stage show of it last year. I recommend if you like dear zoo. 
27th October '17
I read it to Ibby aged 5 aged 5 & to Massi aged 10 months aged 0
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5 stars
We adore Dear Zoo, so we were so excited to read  this Christmas version and it has lived up to all our expectations! The flaps, and the all illustrations are engaging. This book is great, especially in the run up to Christmas. 
28th October '17
I read it to Squirt aged 3 aged 3 & to Squidge aged 9 months aged 0
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
Another great Rod Campbell book. This is very similar to 'Dear Zoo' but my 9 month old still loved it. She is very keen on lift the flap books and this was perfect. Nice bright colours and lots of things inside the presents that she would recognise-a good vocab builder! 
A nice touch to have a touchy feely page at the end which makes it stand out from Dear Zoo. 
12th December '16
I read it to Babs aged 2 aged 2
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
This is a lovely little book for bedtime stories in ye run up to Christmas.  It has the same format as Dear Zoo with lift up flaps and a touchy feely present at the end. 
My 2 year old loves it as did get older sisters who are now enjoying reading to to her. 
The flaps have surprisingly lasted very well in this one too. No rips or tears. 
28th October '17
I read it to Rubiroo aged 5 aged 5 & to Darcm aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
Yay excitement in our house when this book arrived. We love Dear Zoo and have it in three formats for our girls to enjoy.
A lovely lift the flaps book about asking santa for something special. Even the one year old recognised the format and screamed when we turned the pages to get to the flap and the last flap touch and feel was something special.

Read and enjoyed and now waiting to find a new home in our christmas eve box for the girls to enjoy again. 
28th October '17
I read it to Reyna aged 3 aged 3
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
Dear Santa arrived this am, Was a brilliant surprise for my Lg. We waited until her cousin came to our house before actually reading it. They are both 3 and the excitement on they're faces was priceless they enjoyed the story very much and they also took turns reading they're own versions to each other.
9th January '15
I read it to AvaW aged 1 aged 1
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
My daughter loved the authors dear zoo book, so got her this one for Christmas, but she still likes to read it now. It's a lift the flap book which most young children love. My daughter loves the last page as it has a cat which has a patch of soft material which you can feel.
27th September '18
I read it to Robinpoppy aged 3 aged 3
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
What's not to like about this book ? If your child likes dear zoo, they'll definitely like dear santa. This is a lift flap book about santa selecting the perfect gift. My child even liked it so much that we took her to the stage show adaptation of it. Its simple but written well. 
12th September '18
I read it to Pre school aged 2 to 4 & to Aria aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
A fab book for Christmas time. It’s like dear zoo but based on presents. My two yr old neice enjoyed lifting the flaps and by the 5 night of reading it she was joining in. Lovely book 
7th November '16
I read it to Ellielebugjnr aged 1 aged 1
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
My husband loved dear zoo as a child, it was thinking first book hr bough our daughter.  I saw this in the supermarket and took a chance. What a lovely edition to build up to Christmas. My toddler loved it. She loves flip flap books and they are nice and sturdy. We loved the surprise touch and feel cat at the end, she loved the furry tummy. Great learning fun, brilliant for a child's development. it was fun guessing what was being each flap, she will get better at this with age. Great for toddlers and something they can grow into. Beautiful book.
1st October '17
I read it to AMYPURPLE aged 9 aged 9 & to GEMMAPINK aged 8 aged 8
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
We love Dear Santa in our house, it was bought when the children were 4&5 it is kept in the Christmas box and comes out every Christmas.  Its a keepsake with fantastic memories.  The book has lift flaps with surprises about asking Santa for presents, its so magical and keeps the children entertained. Once the children were able to read they just read it themselves with me.
2nd January '18
I read it to flick aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
My litte girl loves this she loves  opening the flaps. Itsso bright and really captures her attention
7th November '17
I read it to Daniel2015 aged 2 aged 2
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
My 2 year old loved this book. The pictures under the flaps were really easy for him to recognise and the story was perfect for him to understand and follow. Thankyou Toppsta. One very happy little boy and mummy.
19th July '18
I read it to Ba123 aged 7 aged 7 , to Ja123 aged 9 aged 9 & to Pa123 aged 2 aged 2
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
We had this one as part of our Christmas opening book calendar. My son had this book every night after the new one. We love the books and as we love dear zoo. It was prefect. The flaps making it a lot more fun and kids love guessing what is behind the flap before opening it 
3rd September '17
I read it to Munchie moo aged 2 aged 2 & to Beady aged 3 months aged 0
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
Having long been a fan of Dear Zoo I was thrilled to be passed this down from a friend on the run up to Christmas. This book doesn't disappoint. Still a nice simple read for even the smallest of children to enjoy and nice bright illustrations behind sturdy flaps. I have now officially read this book hundreds of times as it's become such a firm favourite it will no longer keep just for Christmas! My 2 year old now reads it to her baby sister, she knows it off by heart! All in all a wonderful book for young children of all ages to get them in the Christmas mood (all year round in our house).
7th November '17
I read it to tennaar aged 5 aged 5 & to tennaara aged 3 aged 3
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
Lovely book, read to my 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter. A new Christmas favourite! 
1st November '17
I read it to Soopa aged 3 aged 3
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
We are big fans of Dear Zoo in our house and I was a little bit worried that this was just a money-making spin-off which might detract from the original but it's fantastic. The premise is the same as Dear Zoo where Father Christmas (or Santa as he's called in the book - I think I'm fighting a losing battle trying to get my daughter to call him FC) sends a present and for various reasons it's not quite right (e.g. too noisy). My daughter picked it up by herself and said the story aloud so it's a really great book for them reading by themselves for the first time (she's just turned three so can't actually read but know the basic story). The only criticism I'd make, if I had to make one, would be that pets are not for Christmas!
17th December '16
I read it to CarterB aged 3 aged 3
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
I love dear zoo and mummy saw this and got me it for Christmas! I love opening the flaps to see the animals and the last animal is so soft and cute! 
4th September '17
I read it to THughes14 aged 7 aged 7 , to HHughes28 aged 4 aged 4 & to PHughes22 aged 2 aged 2
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
We are fans of Rod Campbell, therefore this book is just as wonderful as his others. Very easy to read and memorise and wonderfully interactive. 
Lifting flaps and making animal noises at each page. A favourite for my 3 children throughout the years .
1st November '17
I read it to Percy aged 2 aged 2
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
A lovely festive take on a classic storybook - my two year old loved 'opening' the presents on each page. I would recommend this book for all young children - whether they can read it themselves or with an adult.
20th December '17
I read it to decemberbaby aged 1 aged 1
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
My one year old loved this book just as much as Dear Zoo, and I enjoyed it too! It would make a fantastic gift. The flaps are all different sizes, the gifts are all surprising, and the book is so well made that my daughter can lift the flaps herself and hasn't made a mark on the book in two weeks of reading it with me and playing with it alone. 

However, while I really appreciated that it focussed on Santa trying to find the perfect gift for the child, rather than the child asking for a lot of things or, worse, sending a lot of gifts back, I was uncomfortable with the fact that the perfect gift was cat. Pets shouldn't be given as Christmas gifts, and I think it would have been better to pick a different present. When we're reading the book in years to come I think we'll definitely say that the cat is a cuddly toy!
16th November '17
I read it to NJ61 aged 3 aged 3
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
If you have a toddler to buy for at Christmas I highly recommend this book. Just as lovely as dear Zoo, my son loves this book and the lift up flaps.
4th May '18
I read it to RCHogan aged 4 aged 4 & to AIHogan aged 2 aged 2
Dear Santa 9781447223818
5 stars
This is a charming and delightful book to share with little ones over Christmas.
We journey through the book to try and get the right present - a little similar to Dear Zoo when all but the last aren’t quite right (too big, too messy etc) 
The illustrations are bright and bold - perfect for capturing children’s attention. The language is simple and easy for little ones to follow.
The lift-the-flaps premise is great for small children; they encourage interactivity with the book and helps them to engage with the story.
The books itself is very sturdy and has withstood a couple of Christmases with 2 small kids!
A lovely addition to your Christmas library, especially for younger children.
30th November '16
I read it to Adixon aged 1 aged 1
Dear Santa 9781447223818
4 stars
My son loves Dear Zoo so much I thought I would get him this to read as it's near to Christmas. He really enjoyed how it was set out in the same way and enjoyed the soft touch and feel cat at the end. 
12th April '18
I read it to Goodall Class aged 4 to 5
Dear Santa 9781447223818
4 stars
I read this to my class of 4-5 year olds. They already loved 'Dear Zoo', so it was no surprise that this one was a hit too! Another great book from Rod Campbell!
12th October '17
I read it to Pip John aged 3 aged 3
Dear Santa 9781447223818
4 stars
We live this book, we read it all year round! The mix of presents are good for both boys and girls, the final fluffy surprise is an "aah" moment and the flaps are strong enough to withstand an over zealous toddler!
9th February '18
I read it to Effie aged 1 aged 1
Dear Santa 9781447223818
4 stars
Great fun for iur daughters first Christmas. Will probably only be useful for the first two as i frel she will have outogriw itiafter but lovely totbring out and start the festive feeling in our daily  routine. 
26th September '17
Zaraloul read it themselves aged 1 aged 1
Dear Santa 9781447223818
4 stars
A great book ideal for a young child. With flaps the text is simple and short t keep younger children entertained and the flaps are easy for small fingers to lift to reveal the image behind.

Bright colours and lovely images a great gift.
15th November '18
I read it to myka aged 1 aged 1
Dear Santa 9781447223818
4 stars
A lovely book to introduce Christmas with interactive pages & flaps. The only downside is the flaps are not that sturdy and my daughter has already managed to rip one ::(t is easily fixable though, so shouldn't ruin her enjoyment. Still recommended, especially if you love Dear Zoo!
29th October '17
I read it to Leonsean aged 2 aged 2
Dear Santa 9781447223818
3 stars
My 2 year old boy loves the Dear Zoo book so we were excited to read the Dear Santa book. Although he liked opening each tab, I don't think he enjoyed it as much as the zoo book. He liked the touch and feel element. I personally wasn't sure I liked the ending as I don't think pets should be given as Xmas gifts. 
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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 [url=https://toppsta.com/books/det...

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