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Date: 2013-08-06Rod Campbell was born in Scotland in 1945. His family moved to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) when he was two years old. Despite his artistic talents, he had a scientific higher education and subsequently went to Britain where he obtained a doctorate in organic chemistry. Soon after, he gave up science to follow his interests in art. Since then he has created a number of hugely successful and innovative books for children, the best known being Dear Zoo. In 1987 he founded his own incredibly successful publishing company, Campbell Books, which was bought by Macmillan in 1995.

Rod Campbell's approach to books for babies and toddlers is instinctive, with simplicity being paramount. He sees himself as a 'maker' of books rather than as an author or illustrator. He believes that however simple a story, it should always end either on an upbeat note or quietly resolved to everyone's satisfaction!

Rod Campbell is the creator of many brilliant novelty books for babies and toddlers including ABC ZooFarm BabiesFarm ChaseFarm 123 and Noisy Farm as well as Dear Zoo, regarded as a classic.

Books by Rod Campbell

Farm Chase

Visiting the farm is a favourite activity for many toddlers. This charming book takes us on a chase around the farm including lots of animals to name and many farmyard noises to join in with. Then there's a lovely novelty ending - flaps to lift to find the tiny sleeping mouse. Shhh! A perfect book for sharing with a baby or toddler.

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Farm Babies

A board book version of the paperback edition of Farm Babies by the author of Dear Zoo. This charming book has lots of baby animals to see and count, sturdy pages, rounded corners and fluffy chicks to stroke! This really is a must-have for all babies and toddlers!

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