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Spot Goes to the Circus (Picture Puffins) [Paperback]

Eric Hill
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Aug 1994 Picture Puffins
Spot's latest adventure takes him behind the scenes at a circus to find his ball and there he learns a clever trick! Children can lift the flaps to see what Spot is up to.
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  • Paperback: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Ltf edition (Aug 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140552979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140552973
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 20 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,536,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1927, Eric Hill is the creator of Spot, 'the world's favourite puppy'. At 16 he joined an art studio, where he was encouraged to draw cartoons in his spare time. He particularly enjoyed drawing aircraft, and it was the markings of planes that later came to influence the design of Spot, reflected in the spots on his body and the tip of his tail. Eric also spent time in the air force, and worked in a large advertising agency as a graphic designer. In 1976 Eric's son Christopher was born and by the time he was two, Eric was making up stories about the adventures of a small puppy to read to him at bedtime and Spot was born!

The design of the books was inspired by an advertising flyer Eric had devised involving a flap covering an amusing picture. When Eric showed this to Christopher he saw how responsive he was to the idea and incorporated it into his book. Although initially created just as a story to please his son, Where's Spot? was actually published as a children's book in 1980 and started a new publishing concept of 'interactive books for babies'.

Eric Hill was awarded an OBE for services to Children's Literature in 2008.

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About the Author

Eric Hill was born in North London in 1927 and, apart from a brief period of evacuation, lived there for many years. His career as an artist began when he was employed as a messenger in an art studio and was encouraged to draw. Eric's son was born in 1976 and he began to write stories about a puppy to read to him at bedtime, and so Spot was born. The family moved to California in 1983 but Eric continues to visit the UK several times a year and is very involved in developing Spot projects. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPOT learns a new trick on a visit to the circus 15 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback
in this delightful lift-the-flap book, from Eric Hill.

This review is for the PUFFIN paperback, lift-the-flap version/1986.

22 thick, shiny pages in the popular 2-page spread format.
Large, bold, easy-to-follow text on one page and a picture and a lift-the flap opportunity on the other.
9 sturdy flaps ensure successful lifting/replacing, time and time again.
Colourfully illustrated throughout.

In this story, Spot is going to the circus with his Mum, Sally.
When he gets there, he needs to fetch his ball.... but this proves rather more complicated as the flaps reveal various characters complete with a relevant retort in a speech bubble!

From the back cover:-

'SPOT is one of the essential experiences of childhood' - Parent Magazine.'

One of the best series of books for early readers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nursery loves spot books 19 July 2014
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Great, good solid Spot book, fitted in nicely with our Nursery topic of circus and clowns
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spot Goes to the Circus 8 Oct 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Captured here is the tormented journey of a young puppy (Spot) who proceeds from page-to-page in search of his misdirected ball. Without regard to his own personal safety, Spot chases the bouncing orb through cages occupied by lions and tigers; around a bear who, herself is balancing on a ball (and wearing a tu-tu); and across a high-wire act where two monkeys make an unsuccessful attempt to catch the errant ball. Ultimately, the ball is located in the cage of a seal who teaches Spot how the balance the orb on his nose, much to the delight of the puppy's mother. All ends happily, as Spot announces that he has made a new friend. While I personally found the tale somewhat predictable -- for example, I never feared for Spot's safety and figured that, ultimately, his ball would be recovered -- my three year old delighted in the apparent risk and adventure undertaken by the pup and, no matter how many times she reads the book always "oohs," and "aahs" with each new progression through the pages. While is isn't the Cat-in-the-Hat, Spot Goes to the Circus is good clean family fun
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spot chases his ball around the circus 18 Mar 2002
By Deanna Hockey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If your child likes Spot books I'm sure they'll enjoy this one.
Spot loses his ball and chases it all over the circus trying to catch it ... finally ended up being taught to balance it on his nose by a seal. A fun adventure your toddler will love!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my kid just loves it!!!!!! 19 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A great book. your child will be addicted to it and learn as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!! 18 Jan 2012
By BusyWorkingMomInMO - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My 15 month old daughter LOVES the "Spot" books (with the flaps). The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because it's not available (at least when I ordered it) in the thick, board book! So, the book is flimsy and tears easily (we usually hold the book and turn the pages, so as to limit "tearing" opportunities). As she gets older, she knows not to tear the book anymore, so that will help the books last. We've had to reorder a few times but it's worth it...she gets so excited for these books every time we pick one up to read! And the best part is how she excitedly looks for the flap and gets such a sense of satisfation when she lifts the flap! I also like how it encourages kids to "think outside the box" since this book comes alive! We'll order and re-order these books until she doesn't like them anymore! I would recommend them to any parent!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars For my nephew 15 May 2014
By Eric - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Actually got these for my nephew. Sent him them as a present because the author's name is the same as mine. He likes them and we all think it's funny to make jokes about this being my second job.
Does exactly what I wanted it to.
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