Advanced search

To not let DD read Dear Zoo?

(82 Posts)
SantanaLopez Mon 26-Jan-15 14:21:05

I am a hormonal and sleep deprived woman under the influence of PFB... but it's really not very nice to send animals back to the zoo, or in fact to keep them there in the first place!

APlaiceInTheSun Mon 26-Jan-15 14:23:56

I think you are over-thinking it grin

You can't actually post animals either y'know.

My issue with it was that we ended up getting a puppy. But he was perfect, so we kept him.

SantanaLopez Mon 26-Jan-15 14:25:01

Oh and we are definitely not getting a puppy. No way shock grin

Hakluyt Mon 26-Jan-15 14:27:09

My ds used to say "and sad" every time I read about the camel (I think) being too grumpy..........

happystory Mon 26-Jan-15 14:27:45

Not to mention that some of the things the zoo sent them in were totally unsuitable..... A basket, a cardboard box .....grin

ShadowSpiral Mon 26-Jan-15 14:32:15

I bet you'll hate Dear Santa if you've got problems with Dear Zoo.

Santa rejects a stack of mostly perfectly acceptable toys for spurious reasons before deciding to give the child a kitten for Christmas. There is no mention in the book of the child having even asked for a kitten, let alone his parents agreeing that they're willing to commit to the responsibility of owning a cat. Santa has evidently ignored the whole pets are for life, not for Christmas advice.

SantanaLopez Mon 26-Jan-15 14:36:39

But that's totally irresponsible! <puts Santa on bad list>

elephants01 Mon 26-Jan-15 14:42:58


It's just a book - how will it appear to your DD if her mother can't tell the difference between a story and reality?

My DCs absolutely love that book - probably the most popular bedtime story.

Your DD will really be missing out. I feel really sorry for her sad

SantanaLopez Mon 26-Jan-15 14:49:38


I forgot the 'lighthearted'!

wigglesrock Mon 26-Jan-15 14:54:01

Oh God, no, hide the book. It seemed to be on repeat for about a year with dd1 - complete with appropriate animal noises smile

TheFairyCaravan Mon 26-Jan-15 14:55:08

I can still remember Dear Zoo off by heart, my kids are 18 &20! They loved that book.

The other one was "Oh Dear!" DS2 still says "no eggs here" if I say oh dear at home!

MeanwhileHighAboveTheField Mon 26-Jan-15 14:56:37

My issue with Dear Zoo is that the snake is "too scary" or something like that. Snakes are not scary! I always used to substitute "too snakey"!

PervyMuskrat Mon 26-Jan-15 14:57:39

I hate that book! The child is just so bloody ungrateful. If I were the zoo I'd have told them to sod off, not send them a puppy (which to my knowledge aren't generally found in zoos)

mummypig14 Mon 26-Jan-15 14:58:17

We are vegan and I should hate it in principle, but it's DS's favourite grin

UsuallyLurking1 Mon 26-Jan-15 15:02:42

Not the first one, we don't actually get as far as the final page as I don't want a puppy! So I pinch the puppy page together with the one before (frog I think) and conclude the book with:

'To be honest the zoo isn't the best place to get pets, so we sent the Frog back and spent the money on a slide and swings for the garden'

SantanaLopez Mon 26-Jan-15 15:03:59

'To be honest the zoo isn't the best place to get pets, so we sent the Frog back and spent the money on a slide and swings for the garden'


Spincyclist Mon 26-Jan-15 15:08:48

I know this is v PFB but I didn't want DD to get the idea snakes are scary (DH is phobic) so our snake was too slithery!

UsuallyLurking I love that, you should publish a rival version!

Thumbwitch Mon 26-Jan-15 15:12:07

YAB a bit U - use it as a lesson book as to why the child is ungrateful, the zoo are naughty to use the wrong boxes, and that not everyone gets a puppy in the end just because they ask for one. tbgrin

I really get angry with the Hungry Caterpillar because, to me, the fecking butterfly's wings are upside down (at the end). Annoys me every time!

Thumbwitch Mon 26-Jan-15 15:13:31

Upside down!

<shares the annoyance love>

MrsPurchase Mon 26-Jan-15 15:16:37

Thumbwitch YES!!! Fucking drives. Me. Crazy.

SantanaLopez Mon 26-Jan-15 15:18:36

I've never noticed the wings but omfg that's annoying. And The Very Grumpy Ladybird is ridiculously violent

<puts Eric Carle on bad list too>

chillichoclove Mon 26-Jan-15 15:19:16

The upside down wings are so irritating! So glad it's not just me!

SlicedAndDiced Mon 26-Jan-15 15:19:59

They sent her a monkey!

A bloody monkey! And what did that ungrateful little shit do? Sent it back!


I always wanted a monkey.

UsuallyLurking1 Mon 26-Jan-15 15:59:37

Going to work on my competing version - "dear zoo, from horrified of East anglia" although so far it ends after 3 pages, keeping an elephant and giraffe earns the family an asbo before the lion eats them all

inappropriate kids books have been around forever, as i discovered last week when we I had to console a 3 yo over the horrific demise of the Gingerbread Man. I didnt have any memory of that book as a child and was as shocked as my daughter when I turned to the final page to see our hero devoured by a fox

DilysDerwent Mon 26-Jan-15 16:17:59

And what's with the That's Not My... books? Why wouldn't you want a penguin with velvety wings, or a fairy with a silky dress? Ridiculously fussy if you ask me.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: