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Rod Campbell is a Scottish writer and illustrator of several popular children's books including the classic lift-the-flap board book Dear Zoo.

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Rod Campbell was born in Scotland in 1945. His family moved to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) when he was two years old, and it was there that he was brought up and educated. 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, and spent years living in a garret, painting, supported by various part-time jobs. During this time he designed some toys and children’s cards, which were seen by a friend who introduced him to the children’s publisher Blackie. They asked him to illustrate some small early learning books, and that marked in 1980 the beginning of his career in children’s books. He discovered that he enjoyed his involvement with children’s publishing, and not only did he have lots of ideas for books, but he realised it was something for which he had a natural aptitude. The early 80’s saw the emergence of so-called ‘novelty’ books for children, and Rod Campbell’s use of interactive elements in early learning books for the young established his reputation for innovative books for the under 5’s. Many had flaps to lift or other interactive elements, the best known of which being Dear Zoo.

In 1986 he became involved in the publishing process when he had the opportunity to produce a series of books as an ‘own brand’ for WHSmith, and in 1987 he formed Campbell Blackie Books in partnership with his publisher Blackie. Two years later he became an independent publisher when he formed Campbell Books and built a quality list of books for the under 5’s. This was sold in 1995 to Macmillan who kept the Campbell Books imprint for which Rod Campbell continues to create books.

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 uses flaps or pop-ups in a book only when he feels they give an extra dimension to a simple story or when they will serve to enhance the ‘reality’ of certain images.

For the youngest he believes that a degree of physical involvement is crucial in drawing the child into books, and maintaining their interest. He uses simple texts with often a repeating element, or even rhymes, as he regards these to be important for the pre-reader. He believes that however simple a story, it should always end either on an upbeat note or quietly resolved to everyone’s satisfaction!

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Rod Campbell

Rod Campbell is a Scottish writer and illustrator of several popular children's books including the classic lift-the-flap board book Dear Zoo.

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Rod Campbell Biography

Rod Campbell was born in Scotland in 1945. His family moved to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) when he was two years old, and it was there that he was brought up and educated. 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, and spent years living in a garret, painting, supported by various part-time jobs. During this time he designed some toys and children’s cards, which were seen by a friend who introduced him to the children’s publisher Blackie. They asked him to illustrate some small early learning books, and that marked in 1980 the beginning of his career in children’s books. He discovered that he enjoyed his involvement with children’s publishing, and not only did he have lots of ideas for books, but he realised it was something for which he had a natural aptitude. The early 80’s saw the emergence of so-called ‘novelty’ books for children, and Rod Campbell’s use of interactive elements in early learning books for the young established his reputation for innovative books for the under 5’s. Many had flaps to lift or other interactive elements, the best known of which being Dear Zoo.

In 1986 he became involved in the publishing process when he had the opportunity to produce a series of books as an ‘own brand’ for WHSmith, and in 1987 he formed Campbell Blackie Books in partnership with his publisher Blackie. Two years later he became an independent publisher when he formed Campbell Books and built a quality list of books for the under 5’s. This was sold in 1995 to Macmillan who kept the Campbell Books imprint for which Rod Campbell continues to create books.

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 uses flaps or pop-ups in a book only when he feels they give an extra dimension to a simple story or when they will serve to enhance the ‘reality’ of certain images.

For the youngest he believes that a degree of physical involvement is crucial in drawing the child into books, and maintaining their interest. He uses simple texts with often a repeating element, or even rhymes, as he regards these to be important for the pre-reader. He believes that however simple a story, it should always end either on an upbeat note or quietly resolved to everyone’s satisfaction!

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  • How to book Rod Campbell?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Rod Campbell for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Rod Campbell, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Rod Campbell or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Rod Campbell?

    Booking fees for Rod Campbell, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Rod Campbell, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Rod Campbell?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Rod Campbell for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rod Campbell for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Rod Campbell or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Rod Campbell or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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