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Where's Spot? (Picture Puffin - Lift-the-flap book) Paperback – 27 Oct 1983

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Product details

  • 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)

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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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Format: Paperback
lift-the-flap book, from Eric Hill.

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!
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This is a book my 21-month old 'reads' (either with me or on his own) again and again, and he laughs the whole way through it every time!
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!
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It's dinner time, but Spot's gone missing. Young readers will love helping Sally to look for Spot by lifting flaps to look in the wardrobe, in the clock and under the bed. In doing so, they will find that Sally and Spot's house harbours some rather unexpected guests!

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!
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What a perfect book to teach prepositions! Kids love this book with its house full of animals in the strangest places. Great for teaching both pre-schoolers and children just learning English. Very cute!
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By Katharine Kirby TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2012
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The house that Spot lives in is crazy. Not many folk have a grand piano, or a grandfather clock nowadays, but no one minds. Even less likely are the household members - a snake, a hippopotamus, penguins, a tortoise living under a rug, a bear with his paw in pot of honey for example. It's the flaps that provide the fun part, lifting and looking, Is he?... "No!"

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...
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my son loves this book! believe me we know exactly where spot is we have went through it so many times but he takes such fun each time its great to see. Only problem are pages are a little flimsy for young kids.
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Bought not for me, you understand, but for my newish great nephew as a Christmas present. He is more interested in chewing the cover at the moment than sharing it with his Mum and Dad, but the time will come. Spot was a part of my children's childhoods and unfortunately for Eric Hill's sales figures, we passed the book around and shared it with many children. This is only the second new version I have bought, I will need to wait for the next generation of family to produce more offspring before I buy another. The concept is so simple, but was entirely original in its day, involving words and pictures with an activity, that is looking for Spot under flaps in the book in a variety of hiding places. It is a shared activity that has helped, I guess, a great many children as well as mine to develop a love of books and reading, which will surely hold its place in an electronic world. Thanks Spot and Eric Hill.
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Format: Library Binding
This is a lovely book, one I remember from my own childhood. There's no need to get into detail as I think we are all familiar with the 'Spot' books. My (almost) two year old girl loves it and asks for it frequently.

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.
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