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I brought this book for my son after he loved Dear Zoo so much. It has gone down a storm. This is a board book and has flaps to lift.
The story is based on a little boy visiting his Grandma's farm and looking for the eggs.
This version of the book is a board book and I brought from Amazon for £4.49 the author of this book is Rod Campbell who is a very skilled children's author.
The book is of a little boy called Buster who visits his Grandma who lives on a farm. Busters Grandma send's him off to find some chicken eggs, so with his basket and teddy he goes in search of eggs. Buster cannot remember where to get the eggs from so he seeks eggs from various farm animals and their houses by lifting the flaps. The repetitive nature of the words read "no Eggs here! Oh dear" My 20 month old always reply with a shouty "Oh Dear!!"
This book is educational but a little misleading as one of the animals Buster questions is Ducks to which their reply is "No Eggs Here!!" I know when he is a little older I will have to explain this to him.
This is an ideal book for a pre-school child. The text is large, bold and is simple to read. It is only 9 pages long and the flap interaction keep the attention going.
The visuals of this book are simple and not too busy.
For me this book has been a winner, it's a small book approx. 15cm x 15cm so often gets packed up when out and about visiting.
I would recommend this book to any animal loving children between the ages of 1 year - 4 years old.
Oh Dear by Rod Campbell is an all time classic book in my eyes. It was first published in 1983 and it is a book I remember from my child hood and is now one I read to my son's. It is a lovely book with its simple story with repetitive text and fun lift up flaps a sure one to keep a child's attention. My eldest son out grew it quite quickly with his strong imagination and creativity side he has always craved more from a book where as my youngest son he likes simple repetitive stories just like this one. My youngest son is three and a half and currently is a little obsessed with this book we have to have it every night just before he goes to bed.
We have this story in the board book version which contains eighteen pages of pictures and text. It is a nice small size book measuring roughly 16cm by 16cms making it perfect for small hands to even hold onto. The book is about a little boy called Buster who goes to stay at his Grandma's at the farm. She asked Buster to go collect the eggs but can Buster find where the eggs are. He goes on a search coming across many animals on his way. On each double page spread there is a lift the flap and behind it is an animal. The story follows this pattern right through the book.
The pictures throughout the book are like the story itself very simple and bold. There isn't a huge amount of detail to the pictures but they accompany the story well. Buster is a small blonde haired happy looking boy with a friendly face. The text throughout the book is repetitive and children will find it very easy to pick up on. It follows a very simple structure of 'he went to the.... and asked the.... No eggs here! Oh dear!' As you would imagine behind the flap is an animal and my son has great enjoyment out of opening the flap and shouting the name of the animal. He proceeds to make the relevant animal noises too. Since we have been reading it most nights now he has begun repeating the story along with me. The use of animals in this book is a great introduction for very young children to them and the noises they make.
I would normally say a book like this would be a bit young for a child of three and a half but my son has speech problems and I have found it a very useful way of helping him with saying the names of animals. The repetitive text excites him as he knows what is coming next and in the excitement he tends to join in. My eldest son out grew this book quite quickly but recently it has come in again as he is learning to read. The text is presented very big and bold making it perfect for young readers. The repetitive nature also helps them become familiar with simple words. He has once again started to enjoy this book again and it is a bonus too as he can read it to my youngest son with a bit of help from me!
The pure simpleness of this story can be loved by any child who is able to sit still and listen for a few minutes. This classic book is available from many places and retails at £4.99 well worth it I would say. Rod Campbell is known for some great simple books like this one so if you like this one why not try his others for example Dear Zoo or Noisy Farm.
I am a big fan of the Rod Campbell books for children, and I think they are just the perfect books for my 1 month old daughter who is currently mad about lift the flap books, as well as animals. She already has a couple of the Rod Campbell books and they are a real favourite at bedtime, both of which revolve around animals, which most of Campbell's books seem to. This 'Oh Dear!' book by Rod Campbell, was one that my daughter received about a month ago, as an early early Christmas present from a family friend who was visiting from a substantial distance. Given how many gifts my daughter is likely to receive on Christmas day, we thought it would be better if she opened the gift at the time, and inside were two new Rod Campbell books. It was right up her alley!
The books tells the story of a little boy named Buster, which I am pretty sure appears in some of Rod Campbell's other books. Buster is staying at his grandmother's house, and she happens to live on a farm, hence the story revolving around animals, and in particular, farm animals. Buster's grandmother asks him to go and get some eggs for breakfast, and Buster dutifully takes his basket and goes to fetch the eggs. THe problem is that he can't quite remember where to get the egg, or which animal provides the eggs. So, the book follows Buster as he goes around the farm, looking in at the different animals to see if there are any eggs. THis is where a child can lift the flap to see what animal is there. Once each animal has been identified by lifting the flap, the text states that there are 'no eggs', followed by 'oh dear' which is where the title comes from. The final lift the flap, actually involves lifting two different pictures, one on top of the other, firstly the hen hutch, then lifting the hen itself to reveal two eggs.
I know there are probably some who don't like the repetitiveness of children's books, but to be honest, I think it is quite an important part, as children can pick up the language easier through the repitition. My daughter already knows and can use the phrase 'oh dear' so this is very familiar to her and the fact that she loves the animals on a farm and learning the noises that they make, mean this book is a real winner and a big favourite, ever since it was given to her.
THis is a lovely book for young toddlers, particularly those who like the lift the flap element and love farm animals. Rod Campbell has produced yet another brilliant book for little toddlers.
As a child I was always in the library with my mum borrowing books. At the age of around 4 I discovered this book!. I used to renew it every fortnight because I wanted to read the book constantly. Every night time would be "no eggs here" time. As I grew up i moved on to older books and now at 21, I have a 2 and a half year old daughter. She loves to read too, and i took her to the library and guess which book she happened to pick up?. I had totally forgotten about it and asked my dad if he remembered it.
Buster goes to stay with his grandma and is asked to fetch some eggs.
You go round the farm with Buster opening all the flaps to different barns and hutches to find where the eggs will be! There is 9 double pages to the book all with different animals and flaps to open and look at. I found this book very good for teaching my daughter about different animals as there is child interaction with the book to lift the flaps up whereas a standard paged book can be rather boring for children this age with the attention span of a goldfish. Toddlers like to do things with their hands and be involved in everything, so this book can help educate your child while keeping them from getting distracted.
The author of the book Rod Campbell also has published other lift flap books such as "My Presents" and "Busters day out". I highly suggest buying these books for your children. I purchased "oh dear" from Amazon for around £3.50 and my Dad bought my daughter a book with 4 small Rod Campbell books inside for her birthday for around £4-5 in the book shop "The Works".
My young nephew is 18 months old and one thing he really loves is books. This has led to me purchasing several for him over the past year or so and I must admit that most of them have proven to be quite a hit.
One book that I bought for him recently is 'Oh Dear' by Rod Campbell. I believe that the book is available as both a hardcover as well as a paperback type book. I bought the hardcover version for my nephew and paid the bargain price of 20 pence from a car boot sale for the story book, which I thought was an absolute bargain given the near-mint condition that the book was in!
What attracted me to this little book as I was quickly sifting through the pages to judge its suitability prior to purchase, was the presence of lots of little 'lift up' flaps throughout the story book. In fact there is a 'lift up and see' element to this book, with a flap on almost every page within, and having seen lots of books similar to this one in my nephews already rather extensive library, I was fairly confident that it would prove to be a popular choice with the little guy.
I was right. The colourful pictures throughout the book, and of course the 'lift up and see' flaps, together with the presence of a variety of farm animals has made this little hardback very appealing to my nephew and he often selects it on his own, when it comes to story time. My nephew would appear to have already developed a rather great love of animals, and we are at the stage of encouraging him to recognise each animal by mimicking the noises it makes etc ("what does a dog say?"... Woof! Etc.) The presence of animals throughout the book does of course make the 'Oh Dear' book more appealing to my nephew personally.
The 'Oh Dear' book doesn't have a whole lot of 'depth' to the actual story itself, but given that the book is aimed at an infant audience, this is not a negative point as such. The main story concerns a young boy called 'Buster' who has gone to visit his grandmother at the farm where she stays, and Buster has been sent out to fetch some eggs for breakfast. The outcome from this of course is that Buster appears to be somewhat confused about the animals from which eggs are actually produced, and he searches all over the farm, visiting a variety of animals as he goes in his search for the eggs. Visiting farm animals such as pigs, his search is of course in vain until the very last pages of the book where he stumbles across a hutch. Lifting the flap on front of the hutch reveals a large hen underneath and of course there are some freshly-laid eggs present in the hutch alongside her.
Each time that Buster comes across a farm animal, the reader (and infant) must first find the animal by lifting the flap on the page. When reading the book to my young nephew, we encourage him to recognise the animals by asking him what noise each animal makes... In the case of the pig for example, we would make an 'oink' noise so that he can start to recognise what each of the different animals are and recognise their corresponding sounds.
Each of the animated animals are fairly simple drawings which are both attractive and colourful, thus no doubt making them appealing to younger audiences. The backdrop 'scenery' in the book consists of equally colourful farmyard scenes on each of the pages in the little book. Buster himself is a very young boy and carries a teddy bear with him throughout his search on the farm. All of the animation is fairly simple it has to be said, but in my view this makes it absolutely ideal for the young audience for which the book is intended.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this little book for infants and children and think it is a valuable addition to any youngster's library - particularly for little fans of animals, as this book really lets youngsters get introduced to a variety of animals. The 'lift up and reveal' element to the book only adds to the appeal of the story book and ensures that the little one's attention is held enough to the end of the short story.
The 'Oh Dear' book can be bought online at www.amazon.co.uk and prices start at £1.15 for a new copy (not including postage costs), or prices start from 0.01p for a used copy. It is also available on www.play.com, with prices for a used copy being from £2.25 (including postage). I got an absolute bargain with buying a second hand copy of this book although I personally would not hesitate to recommend paying full price for it as I do really think it is worth every penny!
We have this book at my house as my neice comes here a lot and loves me reading stories to her. She is two and loves all kinds of animals and animal sounds.
We got this book for a couple of pounds,I think the RRP is around £5 but you can get it much cheaper than this if you look around
This is a board book so it isnt too flimsy, even the flaps although they could be ripped off, they arent nearly as flimsy as some other books we have got.
The flaps are easy enouhg to lift up unless the book is new, which they are quite difficult, but if you just go through the book before you give it to your child and lift each one up once or twice then problem solved.
The story is about Buster who goes to stay with grandma on the farm. His grandma asks him to fetch some eggs for breakfast so he goes in search of them.
Each page says :
"So he went to the (---barn/sty/fieldstable/kennel/hutch/pond/henhouse depending where the animal lives---- ) and asked the..."
Then on the other side of the page is the picture with flaps that you lift up to see the animal. The animal also has animal noises above to help them learn these. All the way through this is followed by "no eggs here! oh dear" (hence the name of the book) except at the end with the henhouse were where the hen can be lifted up to find two eggs for breakfast.
The words are bold and big and easy to see, but the book is made mostly of pictures which is good as it is for young children. I dont think my neice cares much about the fact we are looking for eggs she just loves telling me what the animal is and making the noises.
Its a definate hit for us, with her loving animals, and it is her favourite book. She never gets tired of it, which is great for her but not so much for me when Im being asked to read the same thing over and over!
Another very similar book we have just bought is dear zoo which is the same type of book but instead of farm animals is mostly animals found in the zoo, which is also great.
This book is definately worth buying, it never gets boring and is very bright and colourful. Great for small children and educational too (except the point others have made about it implying ducks dont lay eggs)
Oh Dear! By Rod Campbell follows the exciting morning of Buster the grandson on grandma's farm. Despite the fact this child is very small, he is sent of with a basket to look for eggs.
However Buster can't remember where eggs come from, so the book entails a trek over the farm looking for eggs with the different farn animals.
It reads 'So Buster went to the barn and asked the....' and then the child can guess the animal e.g. the cow. Each animal is hidden behind a flap. On opening the flap we always both shout 'No Eggs! Oh dear!'.
This becomes quite an amusing game!
Lastly Buster remembers and goes to the henhouse! Here a flap-in-a-flap is seen and under the chicken is 2 eggs. The story ends with Buster eating a boiled egg for his lunch!
This book is great in learning farm animals and which farm animal lives where e.g. pig in the sty.
This book is great as we have chickens and this really helps my 2 year old understand where eggs come from. Its great also for learning animal noises.
The cover is sturdy and so are the pages and the flaps, there is very little chance of any ripping occuring!
The illustrations are quite simple and nice.
"Oh Dear" is a great book from the writer of the classic "Dear Zoo". Again, I remember reading it and enjoying it myself when I was little over 20 years ago, so it was another essential one to get for my baby daughter. She has had it since her first birthday a few weeks ago and it is fast becoming a firm favourite.
The concept is similar to "Dear Zoo" - Buster is visiting various places on the farm and seeing all the different animals to try and find eggs, but he can't find them, "Oh Dear" (my daughter seems to find the "Oh Dear" part hilarious for some reason - must be the way that we say it!). Similar to "Dear Zoo", the animals are a great feature because you can enhance the story with animal noises when reading it with your kids. It is not too short, which I think some other children/baby books suffer from, but it is also not so long as to lose interest.
The main attraction is the flaps. Babies and toddlers don't seem to tire from lifting things and putting them back, to lift them again. As with all flaps books, there is a flimsiness to them, and they can get ripped by a baby eager to lift them, angry that the flap won't do what the baby wants, or just plain interested to see what happens if they keep pulling. My belief is that you can try to keep baby toys and books in good condition, but this isn't always possible and shouldn't be a reason not to get something that's so good for so many reasons. Let kids be kids!
Why this book
This was one of my bargain books for my son that I bought at a car boot sale for the grand sum of 10 pence. It has been a real winner in our household since so I thought I would share it with you.
About the author
Rod Campbell is a well know children's author and illustrator of books. The most well know is probably Dear Zoo. On his web-page he describes himself as a maker of children's book. His approach to books is to use 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. 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.
About the book
Buster has gone to stay with his Grandma at her farm. The story is very simple Grandma asks Buster to fetch some eggs for his breakfast. Buster goes to ask various animals if they have the eggs. The story happens over 9 double pages. The words used are simple for example "So he went to the barn and asked........" then you open the doors to the barn to reveal a cow saying moo. Under the barn is the words "no eggs here! Oh dear" each page ends with the word "No eggs here! Oh dear "till buster finds the hen and lifts her up to find the eggs. the words here are " Lift me up Hooray" The last single page has Buster at his highchair eating a boiled egg and soldiers.
Opinion and in use
As I mentioned at the start of the review this book has been popular since we got. I think the appeal for him is the animals. He loves hunting for them and lifting the flaps. As each animal has the animal noises written beneath it has helped him learn all the various different animal sounds and he makes them every time we come across them in the book.
As he loves eggs and dippy soldiers it is also good for helping him understand where eggs come from. This brings me on to my only criticism of the book when Buster goes to the Ducks for eggs he could of found an egg for his breakfast here as duck eggs are nice and tasty too!
The text is cleverly written with lots of great repetition which is great for toddler learning he has definitely learnt the phrase "Oh Dear" from this book. He employs it when something goes wrong in our house so he has learnt the phrase and its use correctly from this book. The text is nice and clear and in black type face so is easy to read and when he gets to the stage of learning to read will nice and clear for him to learn how the words are spelt and sounded out.
This is a robust book which can withstand lots of wear and tear, though the flaps are a little more fragile.
It is a very colorful book and the pictures are very well presented. There are lots of things in the pictures for you to point out to your child such as bunnies going under hedges and bees buzzing around. That said there is not too much going on that it is cluttered and distracts for the central characters of Buster carrying his basket with his bear to find the eggs. The animals all have a friendly and endearing quality to them which is appealing to both my son and I.
A great little book for toddlers that shows that simple ideas and stories are often the best. Lots of repetitive language to help children learn. A firm favorite in our house and definitely worth more than the 10 pence I paid for it.
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; New edition edition (19 Feb 1999)
Currently on sale from Amazon new for £3.49 used versions available from Amazon Market place for 1 pence
I picked the book out with my son at the library as it seemed to have everything my son loved in a book at the minute. It has flaps to lift, a story about eggs which is one of his fascinations at the moment and is written by the author of the zoo which is another book he loves.
The book is a board book and the RRP is £4.99 and features Buster who Rod Campbell has included in quite a few books.
The Story tells of how Buster goes out to the farm to visit his grandma. His grandma wants some eggs so Buster sets off with a basket in search of eggs. Unfortunately Buster cannot remember where to get the eggs from so he tries searching in various farm animals homes after lifting the flaps to find what animal lives in each building the text reads "no Eggs here! Oh dear" This teaches little one's not only where egg come from but the names of different homes that animals live in. The only fault with this book is that Buster goes to visit the ducks and is met with the same response "no eggs here! Oh dear" This is quite misleading as duck eggs are commonly eaten these days. My son is too young to sit and listen to an explanation and so unfortunately sublimely the message will be that ducks don't lay eggs.
The Text itself does flow well and so makes it easy to read. It is a short book of nine pages long and the flaps do help with fine motor skills and keep interest in the book.
I do think that the level of attention and interactions can be adapted to suit the child. You can ask the child to guess the animal, ask them the animal sounds.
The pictures are quite simple in design but they do have little additions to help the little one concentrate. I get my son to find Busters teddy bear which features on every page. There are also other little animals for him to search for example rabbits trying to get under the hedge in the field by the sheep.
This book I have taken up to my son's bedroom so that he can choose to read it when it is bedtime story time. He has picked it most nights over the month. He does enjoy this story and gets quite excited at the end when we finally find the eggs.
I would recommend this book for pre school children.
ISBN no 978-0333781395
Oh Dear By Rod Campbell
Oh Dear is a board book written by Rod Campbell and has lots of flaps to lift up to reveal pictures hidden underneath. Rod Campbell has done quite a few similar books to this one and as I had been given his book entitled Dear Zoo I thought I would get my hands on this one.
This book was first published way back in 1983 but has been re-published many times since until this one I have was published in 2003. The RRP on the back of the book is marked as £4.99 pence but I have seen it many places for a lot cheaper and there are always tons of these books at boots ales and on line auction sites.
The book tells us a short story involving a young boy named Buster who goes to visit his grandma on her farm. When his grandma sends him out to go and bring in the eggs, Buster just can't quite remember where he is supposed to look. His wander round the farm to hunt for the eggs takes him to various different places where various different animals live. He meets the horse in the stable, but finds no eggs. He meets the duck in the pond, but again finds no eggs. The pig in the sty also has no eggs but eventually Buster remember that he should be looking in the Chicken coup and inside he finds the chicken and she has laid some eggs for his breakfast.
On each page there is a different animal hidden underneath a lift up flap. On the outside of the flap is the place in which they live and when this is lifted up you are able to see the animal housed inside. There are eighteen pages in all and Buster meets eight different types of animal. The final flap which is the chicken coup you lift open to reveal the chicken and then you can also lift the chicken up to reveal the eggs that she is sitting on.
There is not much writing in the book but what is written is big bold and simple to follow. As this book is aimed at very young children I think this is really all that is needed. The pictures are all very big bright and bold and are far better than the pictures in the book Dear Zoo by the same author. I find that some of the flaps are fairly flimsy and often hard to peel back from the pages, especially if the book is brand new they seem really stiff and hard for Jack's little fingers to lift them up.
Jack really does enjoy this book. He is loving all books that have this lift the flap option at the moment, as it is something that he can do and draws him into the book itself. The pictures seem to keep him engaged long enough to get to the end and he loves playing peek-a-boo with the animals under the flaps. Because of the flaps being rather flimsy though I do have to be careful that he doesn't suddenly rip one of them off like he has done with another book that I have had to mend.
The fact that it is a board book though does make it a lot more hard wearing than other books Jack has and I do think it is wearing well considering we purchased it second hand. It is in such good condition that I think even after Jack has grown out of reading it I can pass it on to someone else to get enjoyment from it. Being a board book I was able to give it a wipe clean with a slightly damp cloth when I bought it. However the pages are no high gloss like others I have so I had to be careful not to have the cloth too wet.
All in all I think this book is deserving of a score of 10/10. I really think it is a great book and a must for everyone's collection or at least to borrow it from the library. Where I managed to pay next to nothing for it at a boot sale I think it was a brilliant bargain. I am not sure if I would pay the RRP of nearly five pounds for it but I would think there are so many places that you could get it cheaper no one would really have to pay that much. Jack loves reading it and I do too. It makes it more fun where he can lift the flaps and get involved. The pictures are good and the story is simple yet good. A well recommended book I think.
I hope this has been of some help, thanks for taking the time to read.xxxx
Oh Dear was written by Rod Campbell and was first published in 1983 so has been around for a long time. This series of books all feature a little boy, who is very inquisitive and loves looking into things, and with your childs help he can see them by the way of flaps. As well as writing these books he also illustrates them too but is probably better known for the best selling book Dear Zoo that has sold over 2 million copies.
Buster is staying with his Grandma on her farm and is asked to collect some eggs for breakfast. Unfortunately he cant quite remember where to get them from and so he goes off to search for them.
So he went to the barn and asked the
We are then left with a picture of a cow under the two doors of the barn with the word Moo above it. He visits the animals on the farm in their various homes but he always gets the same answer,
No eggs here! Oh Dear!
This happens every time when he visits the cow, the pig, the sheep, the horse, the dog and even the rabbit. Hes getting a bit closer when he visits the ducks but it isnt until he visits the henhouse that he finally finds the hen and two eggs for his breakfast.
The flaps in this book are all relevant to the places that Buster visits. There are stable doors and fences to open and hedges to look behind. The final page treats your child to a flap within a flap as inside the door is the hen who then has to be lifted up to find the eggs that it is sitting on.
The drawings in this book are delightful with Busters chubby rosy cheeks and cheeky smile greeting us on every page. The colours are bright and there is a simplistic style to the objects that makes it easy for your child to pick out different things without it being too fussy and busy.
This is one of my sons favourite books and he knows most of it himself so I dont actually have to read much of it when he gets it out at bedtime. Its one that I had when my girls were little and despite the age of it, the flaps are all still in place. I think I originally got it from a church sale for 10p.
When I first started reading this to him I would usually read out where Buster went to and my son would then shout out the name of the animal below the flap and I would ask him what noise it made, pointing to the word of the sound as I did so. I felt this was great for teaching him all about animal sounds when he was little and of course like all kids he was excited at being able to get them right.
The next part that he started to remember was the Oh dear! part on each page and he then started to point to the words as he said them. These early remembering games are brilliant for encouraging a child to recognise some words as they start to learn to read and my son does recognise some words now if he sees them out with the book.
It is a simple story and the illustrations are beautiful so this rhythmic book wont easily bore a child. Quite the opposite in fact, if they are anything like my son, who cant wait to get his hands on this one.
***Other Titles In The Buster Series***
Buster Keeps Warm
Buster Gets Dressed
Buster Goes To Playschool
Heres Buster, But Wheres Teddy?
We have the old paperback version of this book but you can still buy it from Tesco for £3.74 even though the price on the back is £4.99. A board book version is available too for the same price if your child is younger.
Paperback ISBN No. 0333733517
Board Book ISBN No. 0333781392
As with many children's books simple concepts normally produce the best books. In this book Buster is staying on Granny's farm and one morning she asks Buster to get some eggs - but where will Buster and Teddy find them?