Rod Campbell

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For the SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament, see Roderick Campbell.

Rod Campbell (born May 4, 1945) is a Scottish writer and illustrator of several popular children's books including the classic lift-the-flap board book Dear Zoo.

Born in Scotland in 1945, he was brought up in Zimbabwe and returned to Britain where he completed a doctorate in organic chemistry. In 1980 he became involved in children's publishing where he began designing innovative books with interactive elements and repetitive phrases.[1]

In 1987 he founded Campbell Blackie Books in partnership with his publisher Blackie. Campbell Books (as it became in 1989) was sold in 1995 to Macmillan Publishers.

Dear Zoo[edit]

Campbell's most famous work is Dear Zoo, first published in 1982. Enormously popular among the under 5s in Britain, it has been translated into Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Persian, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Panjabi, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese, as well as being published in a number of formats and alongside various merchandise.[1]

Notable works[edit]

  • Dear Zoo
  • Dear Santa
  • ABC Zoo
  • Oh Dear!
  • It's Mine!
  • I'm Hungry!
  • I Won't Bite!
  • Baby's Busy Book
  • My Presents
  • Noisy Farm
  • Farm 123
  • Farm Babies
  • Buster's Day
  • Buster's Zoo
  • Here's Buster, But Where's Teddy?
  • Buster Goes To Playschool
  • Buster Gets Dressed
  • Buster Keeps Warm
  • Buster's Bedtime
  • The Pop-Up Farm
  • The Pop-Up Jungle


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