Dear Zoo for iPad

Dear Zoo for iPad is now available on the App Store. Open the crates from the zoo and find a TALL giraffe, a very FIERCE lion, an extremely NAUGHTY monkey – and much more. Call out the animal names and noises and discover the touch-activated animations. Fun for the whole family, the Dear Zoo App for iPad is perfect for cuddling up with and sharing again and again. What will the zoo send you? Dear Zoo for iPad features the classic story, plus:

    Lively animation that responds to your child’s touch. Two ways to enjoy the app: “Read the book” or “Read to me”. “Read to Me” audio narrated by the award-winning actress Caroline Quentin. Simple, accessible and suitable for even the littlest iPad user. New artwork, drawn especially by Rod Campbell. Picking Pairs game: simple, educational and fun. Suitable for children aged 18 months and up.

Sara Lloyd, Digital Director said:

We are thrilled our first app is a version of the best selling, iconic Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. For us an app always has to deliver something very special to justify its app-worthiness. Here we've developed a digital version of the lift-the-flap experience but we've also delivered so much more than that, with entertaining animations, a game and exclusive new artwork from Rod himself, as well as synched audio from Caroline Quentin. Plus, the app is launching ahead of a year of celebrations for the 30th Anniversary of Dear Zoo, bringing it to a whole new generation of readers in a charming new way.

The Dear Zoo App is available from the App Store.

Rod Campbell, the author of Dear Zoo, has been writing and illustrating children’s books for over thirty years. Best known for Dear Zoo, he is also the creator of the much-loved preschool character Buster. Ingeniously simple, with touches of gentle humour, Rod’s books are loved all over the world by children, parents and teachers alike.

Macmillan Children’s Books is one of the UK’s leading children’s publishers. A division of Pan Macmillan, Macmillan Children’s Books publishes over 300 books a year for all age groups. MCB has a strong track-record for developing internationally successful brands, such as: The Gruffalo, Poppy Cat, The Immortals, The Princess Diaries and, of course, Dear Zoo which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2012.

The app was produced by ETV Online, the digital arm of ETV Media Group, one of the UK's leading independent digital media companies. ETV Online designs and develops interactive apps across web, mobile and social platforms, creating beautiful and engaging experiences for brands, broadcasters and license owners. Clients include MTV, Ofsted, London Business School, Westfield Shopping Centres, Smiths Medical and of course, Macmillan Children’s Books.