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'I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet . . .' Rod Campbell's classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo has been a firm favourite with toddlers and parents alike ever since it was first published in 1982. Young children will love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent - a monkey, a lion and even an elephant! But will they ever manage to send the perfect pet? With bright, bold artwork, a catchy refrain and a whole host of favourite animals, Dear Zoo is a must for every child's bookshelf - and the thick card pages, chunky cased cover and sturdy flaps make it perfect for small hands.

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19th September '17
I read it to ishaanjain aged 1 aged 1
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Swiftly turning into my son's favourite book. He loves the flaps and plays peekaboo with the animals. From a parent's perspective there's lots to learn. Animal names and associated adjectives. I love this book because it keeps my otherwise very distracted son quite busy or a while :)
30th January '17
I read it to Lucielocket aged 4 aged 4 & to Mollie aged 2 aged 2
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My girls love this book so much my 4 year old daughter can now read it to my 2 year old she has heard to many times she has remembered it. 
1st October '14
Read to a child aged 3
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We loved the simplicity of the book and that my child can interact and make little stories of her own eg the monkey is naughty so my 4year old proceeds to tell me it pinched her banana!(It doesn't pinch a banana) Every animal piques her imagination. She has made me read it that much that the final page went missing, fear not tho we know the words off by heart now :)
1st November '14
Read to children aged Under 1 & 1
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Love the lift the flaps, the surprise on the last page is always a favourite with my Grandson. Interactive books or ones with touch/feel bits are great for us as my grandson has an eye condition (nystagmus) so these ones are great for him, they're also very well illustrated, lovely bright colours with no distractions for him to look at (as in too many pictures). Always full concentration from our wee lad. Wasn't anything that I would not like about this book.
19th March '18
I read it to Madh aged 2 aged 2
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We absolutely love this story! Nothing better then sharing a book with your child, that you grew up with! 
21st December '17
I read it to Babybelle aged 4 aged 4 & to Ivylivy aged 1 aged 1
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I have loved this book for years!! I used to read it to my neice when she was little and now read it to my other neice :) it's a family favourite in our household. My eldest neice likes it so much she helps my 1 year old neice read it and lift the flaps to discover the animals. They both have such a good giggle making animal noises :)
1st September '18
I read it to Suki aged 1 aged 1
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My daughter loves opening the flaps to reveal the animals being sent by the zoo and then making the animal noise.  Great interactive book for very small children.
15th June '17
I read it myself (an adult) , to Laceywarrilow28 aged 6 aged 6 , to Keirawaddell8 aged 8 aged 8 , to Davidwarrilow1 aged 3 aged 3 & to Jackwarrilow18 aged 11 months aged 0
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Who doesn't love a lift the flap book?
My kids love this and love the animals and the simple story. It's a great family book. Good for early readers. Bold and colourful and fun too!!
3rd December '18
I read it to George B aged 2 aged 2
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 Y son has had this book since he was 1, he is now nearly 3 and it’s still a firm favourite.
20th February '17
I read it to Year 1 aged 5 to 6
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Dear Zoo is a classic! I used this book with my class to create their own versions of the story. They loved the anticipation of finding out what animal the boy would finally get. A lovely book with beautiful illustrations! 
20th September '16
I read it to Theotheo15 aged 1 aged 1
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Can't go wrong with this book!! Little surprises under the flap, repetitive phrases so the little ones can learn. My son loves both looking at the book on his own and me reading it to him! We've replaced this so many times as his little hands sometimes get over zealous with the flap!! Well worth it though. Grim favourite!! 
29th September '18
I read it to AmeliaRose aged 3 aged 3 & to CharlieBear aged 1 aged 1
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This is a brilliant book, it's a classic, my daughter loves to lift the flaps and make the animal sounds as we read it
5th September '16
I read it to Arya aged 3 aged 3
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What a wonderful book the pages are nice and strong so not too easy for little hands to tear; the flaps are easy to lift.
The story is definitely a classic and all children should experience it. It's not a long story and we read it in a rhythm like song and my daughter  loved it she grasped the words quickly like this and she knows the book herself now. She also changed some of the story as she loves monkeys and so instead of him being naughty and sent back she decided he was too cute and we kept him. 
I really recommend this book and although my daughter is three she still loves reading it. 
3rd July '16
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3 aged 3
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Classic - lots of interaction, lots of vocabulary.... fun making the animal sounds. A must have book from age 1 upwards. Just putting it away now (age 3)
20th December '16
I read it to Pickle2010 aged 6 aged 6 , to Turbo aged 4 aged 4 & to Doodles aged 1 aged 1
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A classic children's book that helps build vocabulary in younger children and build
Confidence in early readers. All 3 of my
Children have loved this book, simple pictures and a nice simple storyline makes it perfect for a starting point for a lifetime love of books. 
11th September '17
I read it to Ellie14 aged 3 aged 3 & to Rooroo aged 1 aged 1
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This is a great book for small children which they can guess who is in the crate. A timeless classic. 
14th October '16
I read it to Pickle2010 aged 6 aged 6 , to Turbo aged 4 aged 4 & to Doodles aged 1 aged 1
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One of my 3 children's most favourite and dog eared books that's bought out time and time again! Perfect lift the flap book for toddler sized fingers, just getting to grips with how to handle books, equally enjoyable for beginner readers! A fun and engaging story with beautiful illustrations!
23rd May '16
I read it to Ellielebugjnr aged 9 months aged 0
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My husband bought this for our baby. He loved it as a child and now she loves it. We love all the animals, a lovely short story with lovely pictures. Its a nice story about what is appropriate as a pet, love it. 
6th November '18
I read it to Reubes aged 4 aged 4 & to Sophia1 aged 3 months aged 0
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A nice lift flap books with a simple repeating story. My four year old loves this book and knows the story by heart it makes him giggle. 
Beautifully illustrated with bright hard backed pages 
11th September '17
I read it to BCSmith aged 12 aged 12 & to EESmith aged 9 aged 9
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One of the most memorable books I read to both of my children!
20th February '18
I read it to Chloe2410 aged 2 aged 2
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This is a great starter book for a toddler who is just becoming interested in books. Not only can you read the lovely story, it allows you to talk about each animal at every page with your child. Also having the fun element of flaps which of course children love.
23rd January '17
I read it myself (an adult) , to Alesha-may aged 3 aged 3 & to Declan-james aged 10 months aged 0
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This is a great family book for uncle children one of my son top 10 of mummy best reads 
9th October '16
I read it to Adixon aged 1 aged 1
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My 17 month old loves this story. He has been asking me to read it at least once a day from the past couple of months. He adores flaps at the moment which this books has and I think they are great for getting babies interested in books. Each page features a different animal and he loves acting out each animal once he's opened the flaps such as making monkey noises or jumping about like a frog. 
18th April '18
I read it to Bubbles aged 3 aged 3
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What a fabulous story, my son loves it.  We read it most evenings, the simplicity and the hidden peep hole doors keep him transfixed.  Its a story he can lead and read to me, making for extra special time.

We were also lucky enough to attend a stage version which was magical
31st May '18
I read it to M1m1louise aged 8 aged 8 , to O11ie aged 7 aged 7 & to Henn aged 4 aged 4
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We love this series of books. Great to read aloud but also bright and colourful enough that a toddler is happy to sit and flick through it alone. Very tactile and multisensory. 
6th November '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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Dear zoo is a classic and a family favourite. I read this book to my son when he was very small when he loved to open up the flaps and look at the different animals. I have gifted this book to my new nephew and look forward to sharing with him for the years to come. Great interactive book. 
2nd August '16
I read it to Checkywoo aged 5 aged 5
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My daughter loved this book when she was little (1-3). It was read over and over again. We also had a mini version of the book which attached to her buggy.  This is a must-read book for kids!
28th March '18
Babylc read it themselves aged 2 aged 2
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What a fab book!! Great for babies and toddlers. Love that it’s interactive with the pull down flaps (we also make it interactive by doing the animal noises) 
Great book-a must read!!! 
15th September '16
I read it to Rosie2336 aged 10 aged 10
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What a lovely book. My daughter loved lifting the flaps to find the animals.
22nd September '15
Read to a child aged 1
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Lifting the flaps to find the animals
23rd May '17
I read it to Squirt aged 3 aged 3
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One of our favourites that I read as a child. My daughter loves lifting the flaps to see which animal's there and now enjoys sharing it with her little sister. She use to skip over the lion as he was a bit scary but always loved the ending and enjoyed choosing which pet she'd like. 
11th September '17
I read it to EB aged 2 aged 2
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One of Emmet's favourite books, we have read it so many times that he knows which animal is going to be on the next page. It taught him to name all the animals in the book before he even turned two. I will continue reading this book with him and would highly recommend to anyone with a young baby/toddler. 
30th January '18
I read it to Little C aged 5 months aged 0
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A classic book that all babies love and I have enjoyed reading again with my new nephew. My son loved the lift the flap book as it gave him something to enjoy when words were too hard. Such lovely illustrations too
30th August '17
I read it to THughes14 aged 7 aged 7 , to HHughes28 aged 4 aged 4 & to PHughes22 aged 2 aged 2
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The perfect book.for little fingers. Hours of fun for all my children. 
20th December '16
I read it to beanstalk children aged 5 to 11
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Perfect to read with babies and toddlers.   We read this over and over and the children knew which animal to expect under each flap.  It's great for practising animal noises and talking about different animals.   
11th April '17
I read it to SPH aged 1 aged 1
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A must for all children!

I actually don't recall reading this myself as a child! I bought it for my little boy as he loves lift the flap books and it's a short story. We love to go through the book making animal noises! 
30th August '17
I read it to LMagill aged 1 aged 1
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Fantastic book. My son who is 19 months old loved turning the pages and lifting the flaps to reveal the animals. It really helped him with his animals sounds too. 
17th June '17
JD3 read it themselves aged 4 aged 4
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I loved this book, especially the hidden animals under all the flaps. It was exciting trying to figure out which animals would be coming up next.
1st November '16
I read it myself (an adult) & to Laya aged 1 aged 1
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A must read book .
We have been reading this book last 6 years. First to my eldest and now to my youngest.
We absolutely love this fantastic book.
I used wooden animals to encourage my 17 months old daughter to interact with this story. She is now recognize all the animals from this book.
a fun packed book for young readers.
21st December '16
I read it to Ciara aged 3 aged 3 & to Caolan aged 6 aged 6
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My daughter has had this book since she was a baby and even now at 3.5 years old it is a firm favourite. She loves to open the flaps, do animal the animal sounds. Thankfully she doesn't find any of the animals scary and loves to talk about all the animals in the zoo and why or how they might be naughty, too big, too tall etc. 
30th November '16
I read it to IslaC aged 5 aged 5
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A must have for all toddlers, such a great story, captures children's imaginations and its simple enough to allow them to 'read along' with you - I miss it now my youngest is no longer a toddler!
1st June '17
I read it to DomDom aged 8 aged 8 & to Savannah aged 5 aged 5
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What can you say about this book, its short but sweet and suits both girls and boys, my little girl was a little disappointed because there wasn't a Zebra in the book but only because she is obsessed. It's a lovely lift and flap book and its very good and solid so it will last with babies who like to chew. Again my girl who is 5 still enjoys this book and we have been reading it for around 4 years to her now. 
6th September '17
I read it to Md2006 aged 5 aged 5
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A classic all time favourate, love the interactive flaps.
22nd October '18
I read it to Chloebyne aged 4 aged 4
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Great book. Not too long so kept my child entertained. Every time you turned the page there was a flap/door to open so Chloe enjoyed opening them up to see what was behind them whilst I did the reading. This book is a favourite of ours.
Recommended.
26th July '17
I read it to Lucabatman aged 2 aged 2
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My son's favourite book! He wants to read this every night, though he does most of the reading himself these days. 

He loves lifting the flap to see which animal is underneath and always regales me with an animal noise to match. 

A classic! 
28th November '18
I read it to Hingham aged 4 to 7
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The children in class love this book. They love to guess and call out what animal is going to be revealed. They love following the pattern of the different animals. 
4th April '17
I read it to VivvyB aged 11 months aged 0
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My daughter loves reading this book. We have read it so many times her eyes light up when she sees it coming out of the book case. She enjoys lifting the flaps and mummy or daddy doing the animal noises. Fun for everyone! 
24th May '17
JayGra read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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One of the best children's books of all time in my opinion. Such a fun book with brilliant illustrations, must read for all children.
26th June '17
I read it to Mylesydr aged 6 aged 6
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Lovely book for young children. My little boy loved this when he was younger. Flaps to lift up to keep the little one's interested. 
7th July '18
patrickjacob read it themselves aged 2 aged 2
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My little boy loves this books. This is how he knows animals and sounds.
1st June '17
I read it to Tee9 aged 9 aged 9 , to Spidey1 aged 3 aged 3 , to Ayaan15 aged 7 aged 7 & to Anaya1 aged 5 aged 5
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Dear zoo was a book I read to all the kids it is very interactive and a quick one for before bed. It involves flaps so it is very engaging and makes sure the kids are alert. Would defineilty recommend 
5th April '18
I read it to JasperM555 aged 2 aged 2 & to ArchieM555 aged 10 months aged 0
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A wonderful book for little people!
My eldest enjoyed this book as a baby as we would say peekaboo with each opening of the flap and as he got older, he enjoyed lifting the flaps himself, soon learning which animal was behind which flap! 
my youngest now loves this book, he enjoys the peekaboo game as well as trying to open the flaps himself. 
it's also a lovely book for them to share together :)
18th November '16
I read it to Alice aged 2 aged 2
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When we first started to show this lovely book to our daughter (at a bit under a year) as we liked it she didn't understand that the flaps weren't for pulling which was a shame - after some repairs and putting it away for a while it, fortunately, didn't lose its magic!
It's been a favourite for a while now she's gentle! Making the animal noises/actions as we go along (one day she'll understand when I ad-lib about the camel "with the 'ump") 
Its long enough to be a nice story, short enough to hold a toddler's attention and interesting enough to read over and over - the writing is clear and the illustrations bold and well laid out on the page - a great book!
4th July '16
I read it to Pip aged 11 months aged 0
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This is a favourite of my 11 month old. She loves it when I read it to her and she has got really good at opening the flaps. Think this will be a favourite for a long time, my husband has fond memories of this book from when he was a child too!
4th August '16
I read it to Little Boo aged 1 aged 1 & to Baby E aged 6 months aged 0
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This was so simple and yet still a lovely little story for my young children. We made animal noises as we read and the babies loved it.
10th October '16
I read it to Ibby aged 4 aged 4
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The simple storyline of this book is why it is a winner! It is very easy to read. The animals also makes it very engaging. My little one loves it!!
9th October '18
I read it to aiwilford aged 6 aged 6 & to mrwilford aged 4 aged 4
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I have read this book to my little ones so very many times when they were littler. They learnt all the words to the book and they loved making the noises of the animals. A sweet book and must on any toddlers book shelf! 
2nd November '16
I read it to Ragdollkhanbaby aged 4 aged 4
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Dear Zoo has been a firm favourite in our house since my son was a baby and even now when he is nearly 5.  A great story about animals being sent from a zoo that were not quite right to live in a house, lovely lift the flap book to get the children involved.
28th September '17
I read it to Leonsean aged 2 aged 2
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One of my boy's favourites! He loves interactive books, especially with doors/flaps that he can open. And this one's good for teaching little ones about animals. 
8th February '17
I read it to juniorslater aged 6 aged 6 & to romeoslater aged 8 aged 8
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My kids love this book so much they have one each so they can turn the pages together whilst I'm reading it to them
5th October '18
I read it to Lewxo aged 4 aged 4
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Loved the book! Lots of pictures and colours to keep the kids attention
4th July '17
I read it to JudeBrown aged 2 aged 2
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Just love this book I have read it to my grandchildren so many times, they love lifting the flaps, the illustrations are clear, recommended it. 
4th July '16
I read it to Maxwell12 aged 4 aged 4
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This book is one of my sons favourites. Once he picks this book up, he finds it hard to put down. He loves the flaps in this book and adores the characters. My son loves getting involved with this book and especially loves making animals sounds when reading this book.

This is a must buy for any book loves book shelf. 
5th August '16
I read it to Meadows aged 2 to 3
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For children just starting to enjoy looking at books. Working with children 4 and under this book always helps with gaining their confidence to come and sit and lift up the flaps, to talk about the animals with the older ones and make the animal sounds. After resting it a few times the children always tell me whats coming next. Overall a really lovely book.
25th June '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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I read this book every week to a child I work with. It had been an excellent tool for teaching her animal names, noises, descriptions etc. Her language has really developed with the help of this book. 
4th July '17
I read it to Zelmus aged 1 aged 1
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Lovely book.
Small toddlers can learn animals from it.
It is funny and lovely when my daughter opens each page and finds an other animal
17th July '18
I read it to SophiaW aged 11 months aged 0
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We will never get tired of reading this book. A favourite of both mine and my daughters, the colours are wonderful and we love reading the story and lifting all of the flaps. It provides entertainment for hours! It is no surprise that this book is a classic, we will read it time and time again.
30th November '17
I read it to mrfox aged 3 aged 3
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A simple but sweet story, with an element of surprise. Perfect for little ones.
13th March '17
ArjanST read it themselves aged 5 aged 5
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This is such a lovely book with a great way to teach children about animals and their characteristics. My children love reading this book by themselves and especially enjoy the hidden elements where you have to lift the flaps to see which animal is hiding underneath. A great children's classic! 
21st August '18
Amina read it themselves aged 11 months aged 0
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My daughter loves opening the flaps up to see whos under them 
Fun book with good pictures that help your child understand what character it is
Happy as its a good bonding time to spend with my daughter 
19th October '17
I read it to Aedan2014 aged 3 aged 3
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A classic - amazing book for any little ones library - the lift the flap is great for little learning children - a winner in our house, a classic that never gets old
24th March '17
I read it to joshgok aged 6 aged 6 & to JakeGOK aged 4 aged 4
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An absolute classic! Simple, repetitive, good pictures, interactive flaps. Every baby/toddler should have this book!
5th April '17
I read it to CalPas aged 2 aged 2
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One of the first lift the flap books my son showed an interest in. He loves lifting each one up and making the noise of the animal he finds behind it. A very simple story that can be enjoyed over and over again, usually at the request of a young child! 
7th May '17
I read it to FreyasBooks aged 4 aged 4
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A classic book for your children's library. My little girl has adored this book since she was tiny and now she reads it to her younger friends. :) 
30th April '18
I read it to Whole School aged 5 to 11
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This book has been around since 1982 and it is still relevant and every time I read it to my class they absolutely love it.
20th April '17
JakeGOK read it themselves aged 4 aged 4
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An absolute classic for every toddler everywhere.  I still had my copy from when I was a toddler. A great introduction to animals, and interactive flap books.  Easily remembered, so my little one joins in too.
6th August '16
Holly read it themselves aged 5 aged 5
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My daughters all loved this book when they were little. Now my youngest is reading herself she still loves to read it to us now. A book every family should have.
8th February '18
I read it to Lydia12 aged 4 aged 4
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I have read this book with my daughter since she was about 2 years old and now she is 4 1/2years old and can now read it herself. The book is really colourful and the addition of the flaps makes it even more kid friendly. My daughter also makes the noises of all the animals now which makes it really interactive and even more fun to read. Would highly recommend to any body with a child. 
13th August '17
I read it to Bobbyg aged 10 aged 10
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This book was my sons favourite book when he was a baby, he would read it over and over, multiple times a day, the pictures are bright and colourful and will attract any young child. The flaps you lift to reveal surprises are easy to lift even for small children, the story is easy to follow and is very enjoyable, a definite must for anyone wishing to read a book with their child, 
11th June '18
I read it to Samanna1 aged 3 aged 3
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This is such a simple book which is why my daughter loves it so much. She has memorised the words and now turns pages and tells the story. It’s a lovely book to help children start to read. 
13th November '18
I read it to Lachlan Girdwood aged 2 aged 2
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We love this book!! We have the hardback copy and the paper copy! My son adores me reading this book to him and he will always choose this for our bedtime read! We have 1 copy upstairs for bedtime and 1 copy downstairs for during the day and most of the time I can find him sitting on the floor reading this book and opening the flaps and making the animal noises!! 
21st October '16
I read it to Eloise aged 3 aged 3
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Who doesn't love a book with flaps. Eloise loves lifting the flaps and making all the animal noises!
2nd September '16
I read it to Elliotb aged 2 aged 2 & to Lucasb aged 7 months aged 0
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Who doesn't love this book? What a classic! Brilliant simple storyline, clear pictures, a real 'join in' book. My son had a Dear Zoo inspired 1st birthday party. Would definitely recommend this book. Its a firm favourite in our house and a familiar, much loved book that we read often.
3rd June '17
I read it to tweeks aged 8 aged 8 & to zube aged 11 aged 11
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This was an absolute favourite of both of my children now 8 and 11 !  I have kept the book as I have such precious memories of them laughing and being amazed to find different animals.  
The writing is really simply and easy to animate and get them excited about whats next - a treasure of a book.
18th October '18
I read it to RosieF3112 aged 1 aged 1
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This is my 22 months old favourite book, she's had it since she was a year old and we read it most days! She loves lifting the flaps and it has helped her learn the names of the animals. The perfect book for toddlers! 
17th October '16
I read it to Sjs aged 3 aged 3
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We love this book. My 2 year old loves the lift the flaps and enjoys guessing what animal is underneath them. We tell this story with cuddly toys too it's one he has memorised.
Easy to read with fab illustrations 
26th January '17
I read it to AJ aged 7 months aged 0
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I was bought this for my little boy. He is only 8 months but it's a firm favourite already in our house.  We especially love the lift up flaps and I can see already that he anticipates which animal is going to be underneath. It will be one we read over and over until he is old enough to read it himself.
2nd October '18
I read it to swalkee aged 3 aged 3 & to Mollywalke aged 1 aged 1
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My son loves this book and has just started to recite it back to us which is great to hear. We have also started to sit his baby sister with us when reading so she loves it when we pop the flaps up and she sees all the different animals. Because it's repetitive it's a really good book to use for little ones to use as a starter book for learning to read
12th January '17
I read it to MAK aged 4 aged 4 & to DFK aged 2 aged 2
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Our younger children love this repetitive and humorous story filled with different animals, and the lift the flap element helps children with delayed gratification. A classic book.
22nd August '18
I read it to alexwinter aged 2 aged 2
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Alex loves this book! He makes all the animal noises and started being able to name the animals too 
17th October '16
I read it to Montymoo aged 5 aged 5 & to Theotheo15 aged 1 aged 1
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We've had so many copies of this book, for both my children!  It's a firm favourite!  My youngest will actually sit still and look at this for ages! Not only does it have the lift the flap element but children can learn about animals, plus their characteristics!  

It repeats key phrases to help little ones learn the story.

Perfect book!! 
21st March '17
I read it myself (an adult) , to Tyler2010 aged 6 aged 6 & to Rowan2014 aged 2 aged 2
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I loved this book when i was a child so i knew my children would love it when i read it to them a little while ago i borrowed it from the liberery its a lovely book beautifully written and a joy to read x 
20th November '16
I read it to Fuller31 aged 5 aged 5 & to Fuller15 aged 2 aged 2
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We love this book! The children find it so exciting, especially with it being a lift the flap book! They even enjoy sitting and reading it to themselves! Such a lovely easy read!
21st July '17
I read it to Alex0512 aged 6 aged 6 & to Zaraloul aged 1 aged 1
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A lovely book that my daughter who is 18mths enjoys lifting the flaps and making the sounds of the animals. A great book that grows with the child.
21st March '17
Seren read it themselves aged 4 aged 4
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Seren-Rose decided to read this to her little sister (ages 5,3). They were both gripped by the story and it was an amazing
30 minutes of quite no fighting time. Read this book you'll love it.
11th October '16
I read it to Nathy aged 2 aged 2
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A favourite book for bedtime. My son loves being able to lift the flaps to find the surprises.  Great colourful bold pictures.  A book my son keeps asking for again and again.
7th March '18
I read it to Kion16 aged 1 aged 1
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My son loves this book. He enjoys lifting all the flaps to find what's underneath them. Lovely story and illustrations 
4th June '16
I read it to Noah aged 5 aged 5 & to Flynn aged 3 aged 3
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I have read this to both my children and they absolutely loved it. It is a great way for children to learn their zoo animals and to interact with the book. There are lift the flap pictures which little ones can move to reveal the animal on each page. They can also practice their animal noises. With lots of repetition the story is easily learned and read again and again. It seems like such a simple book but it is so much fun and is a great learning tool for little ones.
8th August '16
dannylee read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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One of my favourite books to read when I was younger. Liked lifting the flaps to guess what animal was there and making the animal noises
2nd February '18
I read it to Nathanwall aged 2 aged 2 & to Ellawall aged 5 aged 5
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Such a great book. My son loves seeing the animals and making the noises, it's great for young minds.
17th October '16
I read it to Maxi2011 aged 5 aged 5 & to Milia2014 aged 2 aged 2
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Both my children have loved this book! The addition of having the lift and flap in a book is what makes it so interesting and both children loved guessing the animals before opening the flap to see. Also a great way to learn some names of animals x
2nd May '17
I read it to ArjanST aged 5 aged 5 & to KeeratKT aged 2 aged 2
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We absolutely love this book in our house, my son grew up with it and now my daughter. We really enjoy reading about the different animals that arrive and why they're just not right! My children can name the animals hiding behind each flap before I've even had a chance to set the page down. The illustrations are beautiful too. 
8th November '16
I read it to Nutmeg aged 3 aged 3
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Great little lift the flapbook with fantastic illustrations,all my 3 daughters loved this book and it's still in the book shelf where my youngest keeps her favourite books,a must read x
21st March '17
I read it to Josh aged 8 aged 8 , to Sam aged 7 aged 7 , to Matthew aged 4 aged 4 & to Sophiajane aged 2 months aged 0
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This is one of our all time favourite books and all my children can recite it word for word. They love opening the doors to see which animal the zoo had sent each time and love saying what is wrong with each 'pet' - too tall, too grumpy, too naughty etc.
Beautifully illustrated and one to read over and over again.
26th May '16
I read it to Ameleah aged 1 aged 1
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My daughters favourite book to read! Simplistic, and she loves to lift the flaps, and telling me the sounds of the animals!
27th May '16
I read it to WeeC aged 8 months aged 0
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I used to read this to my now 8 year old nephew and dusted it off for my baby. A fun interactive book which builds a little suspense to add fun. 
22nd July '17
I read it to Theojohn2014 aged 2 aged 2
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Theo loved this book and has learnt what some of the animals are just from the story. It is a lovely story and he can not only teach them the animal names but the sounds they make. 
12th September '18
I read it to BigBoyBen aged 11 aged 11 & to Erin loves-books! aged 3 aged 3
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This is a classic children’s book. I loves it when I was a child and both of my children have loved reading it when they were little. My three year old still loves this book and has done for a few years, as it allows her to lift the flaps and take some control in the storytelling process!
We are all massive fans of this book and author and believe every young child should read this book.
2nd May '17
I read it myself (an adult) , to Elarinndy aged 6 aged 6 , to Elaronndy2 aged 3 aged 3 & to Elaronndy3 aged 9 months aged 0
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I have every version of this book there is.
Small large noisy interactive. I have one in the car for my grandchildren and the all love it.
The story is sweet the illustrations are cute and it isa timeless classic.
A must for every child's bookshelf
29th June '17
I read it to Babyeva29 aged 1 aged 1
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Lovely little story that's a good start to story telling 
14th August '17
I read it to Ellie14 aged 3 aged 3 & to Rooroo aged 1 aged 1
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This is a classic book it never goes out of fashion. Children of all ages love this 
19th July '18
I read it to Ba123 aged 7 aged 7 & to Pa123 aged 2 aged 2
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We love this book. It so fantastic and interactive my son will try and guess the animal before lifting the flap. And daughter loves making the animals noise. Great story to share with siblings together 
11th February '17
I read it to Tommyd aged 2 aged 2
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This book really does span the generations. My son is 28 and loved it as I child, I bought it for my grandchildren who also love it. I'm word perfect we've read it so many times. They love all of the animals - which they can now name and have huge smiles when the puppy arrives.
13th June '17
I read it to CallieT aged 1 aged 1
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My 18 month old loves this book, as she loves looking under each flap to see the animals.  We have read this book over and over again.  The bright colours and interactive story make it perfect for little ones.  Definitely a classic to have at home.
18th February '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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have loved this book for years!! I used to read it to my neice when she was little and now read it to my other neice it's a family favourite in our household. My eldest neice likes it so much she helps my 1 year old neice read it and lift the flaps to discover the animals. They both have such a good giggle making animal noises
11th May '18
I read it to Vicky1 aged 3 aged 3 & to Vicky2 aged 5 months aged 0
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My daughter loves lifting the flaps and making animal noises
30th August '18
I read it to Ayaan1 aged 2 aged 2 & to Safa aged 1 aged 1
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Bright, bold colour ands gets the kids knowing about the animals 
30th October '17
I read it to mrfox aged 2 aged 2
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We only recently discovered this classic, and it's been an instant favourite. My younger boy loves opening all the flaps.
14th November '18
I read it to EbanPick aged 4 aged 4 & to AbernathyPick aged 1 aged 1
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An absolute classic that never gets old!

Beautiful illustrations with flaps that draw you in and enables narrator to make the book even more fun with animal noises that children can join in with too.
1st March '18
I read it to mrfox aged 3 aged 3
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This was a favourite with my youngest when he was 2. He loved lifting the flaps to reveal the animals.
2nd April '18
I read it to Joel C aged 1 aged 1
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My little boy loves this book. Opening the flaps to discover the animals on each page. This book has lovely illustrations, a clear and repetitive structure, lots of animals to learn about and a lovely finish. There's a reason this book is a classic, such a delight to read.
25th September '17
I read it to Leonapie aged 9 aged 9 & to Pre school aged 2 to 4
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Dear zoo was a book my three children loved. It was great for interaction and they enjoyed lifting up the flaps to see what animal was underneath. I used this book to learn animal sounds once my children knew what wasn't underneath each flap. Great book for little ones highly recommend 
9th September '17
I read it to trissebby aged 9 aged 9 & to Sebbytris aged 4 aged 4
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I loved this book as a child. I would read my children this book when they was younger they loved it also would always be lifting the flaps. This is a brilliant book for young children
5th December '17
I read it to Leoaidan aged 1 aged 1
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My little boy's favourite book! He loves to find the animals and do all their noises
23rd September '16
I read it to Olli aged 3 aged 3
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My son loves this book he got the book and lion combo as a gift. He enjoys lifting the flaps and joins in at story time. He often goes for this book when asked which one tonight. Make him feel good that he can name all the animals.
15th December '16
I read it to Mouse aged 6 aged 6 & to Leggies aged 8 aged 8
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We loved this book when the kids were smaller and now they read it to our friends little one (18 months old). It is a beautiful  book. Lovely to look at! 
19th July '16
I read it to Brobee aged 3 aged 3 & to Toodee aged 2 aged 2
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This is a classic that I read when I was younger. It has a lovely simple story and is great for joining in with. We love the ending and giggle all the way through. The fact that it's a lift the flap book makes it interactive. The illustrations are just delightful; really simple and bright. 
It has stood the test of time and I'm sure will delight our children's children too.
13th June '17
I read it to Babyeva29 aged 1 aged 1
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Lovely book and brilliant illustrations which all children will love 
16th April '18
I read it to Cece aged 4 aged 4
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This book is 32 years older than my daughter (age 4) but is her trusted friend - a book she can turn to when she is happy or sad and one that always makes her smile. 

She has to lift a flap on each page to see what animal the zoo has sent her - but none of the animals are quite right (too big, too tall; too naughty etc) and they are sent back until the perfect one finally arrives and she can keep him!

A timeless classic, I imagine this book will be entertaining my children's children. At least I hope so.
28th July '18
I read it to Beach20 aged 4 aged 4 & to Beach09 aged 1 aged 1
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Brilliant book for small children that features a range of different animals. The flips have to be lifted to reveal the animals. 
Chunky book that is suitable for small hands and bit flips to lift. 
Lovely to read regularly and see the children get excited about lifting the flaps and making the animal sounds
3rd August '18
Laylabayla read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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This book was really good, I like the way it describes the animals. We try to guess the animals before we lift the flaps, and it’s exciting if we get it right. This book makes me happy at the end when he gets his pet. 
5th June '17
I read it to Sophiej3 aged 2 aged 2
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Me and my daugther love this book, she loves finding the animals under the flaps and i love the easy read of this book. She also knows that at the end of each page they send them back and loves "reading" that part to me. 
Such a classic childrens book that everyone should have in thier collection. 
24th August '18
I read it to Chloebyne aged 3 aged 3
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Great book with some fun surprises as each page is a pull down or pull open flap that my daughter couldn't wait to open to see what animal was waiting behind it, she loved to guess what animal it was. Great book with great interaction as my child was  very excited
15th August '17
I read it to Leoaidan aged 1 aged 1
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My son loves this book
6th December '16
I read it to Ted2012 aged 3 aged 3
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Ted loves listening to this story and picks it to be read for his bedtime story quite often. He likes telling me which animal has been sent by the zoo before I lift the flap. He has started reading along where it has been read so often. This is definitely a favourite story and a lovely little book to read and listen to.
8th November '17
I read it to dylanm aged 4 aged 4
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great book lots of fun making the animal sounds etc great read its now one of our favourites ans is read most nights 
19th February '18
I read it to Yusuf77 aged 4 aged 4 & to Dija13 aged 2 aged 2
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Iconic, simple book that has stood the way of time. 
Bright pictures, simple words and fun story that children are drawn to. 
They love opening the flaps to guess what animal is underneath. 
My 2 and 4 year olds both loved it and now know it by heart. 
24th October '18
I read it to Beach20 aged 4 aged 4 & to Beach09 aged 1 aged 1
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Lovely lift the flaps book about wanting a pet. Surprises on every page with a range of animals included. 
A fun story that children get excited about.
We’ve read it so many times that my 1 yr old makes the appropriate animal sound for each page before lifting the flaps.

A family favourite 
17th December '16
I read it to CarterB aged 3 aged 3
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Mummy reads this to me every night as it's my favourite book!! It helps me learn my animals and what they are like! I love opening the flaps to see the animals and I join in with the reading as the words are easy to remember. 
7th October '16
I read it to HRH aged 5 aged 5 & to MRH aged 5 months aged 0
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This much-loved children's book is the first story my daughter learned to read by herself off by heart - so it's a solid-gold winner in our home! She loves the repetition and the anticipation, and still loves to open the flaps despite having first read this at age 1 and now being 5.

Dear Zoo has stood the test of time over the 30-odd years since first publication and as it's my go-to purchase for any new additions to the family or for friends who have littles, I would say it's definitely earned it's timeless 'kids classic' reputation.

Colourful, fun and with a great selection of animals to mess around with mimicking, I'm so glad my daughter still loves this book enough to start reading it to her baby sister every night.
21st November '18
I read it to J.A.Holmes aged 2 aged 2
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This is such a lovely classic book and very charming. Great way to introduce different animals to toddlers and the lift the flaps are great fun for little ones. 
21st June '16
I read it to logan aged 1 aged 1
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Read to my Grandson age 20months, he loves the animals and loves lifting the flaps to see what animal has been seen sent, its a  great 1st book to teach your young ones the sounds of different animals. Would always recommend this book .
9th August '17
I read it to Jaanu aged 5 aged 5
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Brilliant book for children who are 5 and under. My son loves lifting the flaps as finding different animals underneath.
24th September '16
I read it to JDH aged 6 months aged 0
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My 6 month old son loves this book. He watches in anticipation as I reveal the animals behind the flaps. I'm sure he'll love it even more when he understands the story as he gets older!
5th November '16
alexia read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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when i was little i loved this book even my brother did and i loved the monkey part when you could see its paws coming out of the box and then suddenly boo the monkey is there .
18th April '17
I read it to Leximoo aged 5 aged 5 , to Cora14 aged 2 aged 2 & to Kion16 aged 11 months aged 0
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My kids have all loved this book since they where young and still do now. Great illustrations and a fun book to read 
15th September '17
I read it to Mt13 aged 4 aged 4 & to Ht15 aged 2 aged 2
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