- Paperback: 24 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books, Harmondsworth U.K. (27 Oct. 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140504206
- ISBN-13: 978-0140504200
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.7 x 20.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Where's Spot? (Picture Puffin - Lift-the-flap book) Paperback – 27 Oct 1983
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Parents magazine described Spot as "one of the essential experiences of childhood", and there can be few children who at some time or another have not encountered the boisterous puppy who has been entertaining children for more than two decades.
Where's Spot is the ultimate, must-have Spot book: with its bold illustrations, simple, large text and plenty of flaps to lift, pull and tug as the reader tries to track down the naughty little dog. Great fun for children, and just as much fun for adults who enjoy sharing a book with their child, Where's Spot is something of a classic. (Ages 2-4.--Susan Harrison
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.
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This review is for the PUFFIN paperback, lift-the-flap version/1983.
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, naughty Spot is being elusive, at dinner time, and his Mum (Sally) has to go and seek him out!
The delightful story is enhanced by the various creatures hidden behind the flaps who aid the lovable Spot by responding `No!' to the question asked....until the last page, when all is revealed!
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!
He's memorized which animal is in each hiding place and can just about recite the entire book without lifting the flaps, and enjoys it even more when I make the animal sounds to go with the pictures!
I've bought copies for my friends' babies, and we now have copies at each of the grandparents' houses as well!
Eric Hill's illustrations are colourful and entertaining, and my eighteen-month-old daughter loves Spot the mischievous puppy. In terms of the story, there are loads of animals to name, and lots of different places in the house to look in, so it's a nice book for teaching some useful vocabulary whilst having lots of fun at the same time. Be warned that the flaps on the paperback edition are quite flimsy, so it's not great for more 'enthusiastic' toddlers! I have found the size of the flaps works well for my daughter, though, and they are fairly easy for a child to turn providing that they are confident with handling thinner paper.
Repeated requests from my daughter for this book to be read speak volumes. Highly recommended!
Luckily these books are built to last, baby fingers can grasp and flip the flaps a hundred times.
Happily Spot is found by Sally his Mum at the end and all is well. Read until they fall to bits these Spot books are childrens' classics. Perfectly good from say three months onwards...
I am disappointed with the binding though. We bought the hardback version of this book, the most recent version which is apparently printed and bound in Malaysia. It is bound so tightly that a section of the double page spread images are missing in the middle. On one page Sally the dog only has ears and a bit of a snout (the rest of the head has disappeared) and on another page we had to cut the flap loose as it had been bound stuck as well (the 'under the stairs' one). This is why I only give this book 4 stars. It's not the story itself that is a letdown, but the overly-tight binding.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good memories of Spot books my children loved and now for my grandson.Published 5 months ago by marymarymarymary
Nice book to share with young children. Well packaged. Delivered when expected. All good 5*****Published 15 months ago by Hilary Nash
Great children's book
Liked by all,a classic children's book
My 18 month old granddaughter thrilled with the story and loves opening the flaps! Enthralled with the story which we read over and over again.Published on 29 Jan. 2014 by Mrs. Y. C. Carne-ross
A great little story with much for the younger child to explore. The pages are thinner than I'd have liked and the lift-up tabs are easily detached.Published on 14 Aug. 2013 by Sue