Where's Spot? (Spot - Original Lift The Flap) Board book – 7 May 2009
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Spot is one of the essential experiences of childhood. ("Parents" magazine)
"Spot is one of the essential experiences of childhood." -Parents Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Eric Hill (1927-2014) started his artistic career as an art studio messenger and from there went on to become a cartoonist and eventually an art director at a leading advertising agency. In 1978 Eric made up a story about a small puppy to read to his son at bedtime and Spot was born. The success of his first bestselling lift-the-flap classic Where's Spot? in 1980 convinced him to become a full-time author, and his Spot books have been enjoyed by children around the world ever since. In 2008 he was awarded an OBE for services to children's literacy.
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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!
Let us begin by asking ourselves, can Spot ever be found? This is really the core question of Hill’s seminal work. Following in the tradition of Derrida, Lacan and Boudrillard, Hill is a provocateur, and the very title of this book is a challenge. How can we ‘spot’ Spot, when the act of perceiving cannot ever be perceived?
Ultimately, by asking ‘Where is Spot?’, Hill is asking us to question whether meaning itself can ever truly be grasped, whether our hunger for symbols can ever be sated, or whether we are destined, like Spot’s mother, to search through a linguistic maze of our own making until we die.
Let’s look for a moment at how her doomed quest for meaning begins: “Naughty Spot! It’s dinner time. Where can he be?” Here Hill almost catches us unwary, tempting us to dive immediately into the hypnosis of categorisation that lies beneath the surface of all narrative. But at the same time he is urging us to hold back, to wait before we answer. Where is Spot? We do not know, and perhaps we never will.
“Dinner time” is an unmistakeable reference to desire in the Foucauldian sense. The unwary reader wishes to gorge themselves on meaning, and it is this blind desire which ultimately leads Spot’s mother on her futile quest.
“Is he under the stairs?” she asks. Is he indeed. Spot may well be under the stairs, hidden beneath this clear symbol of hierarchy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very simple story with very simple illustrations. Too repetitive, nothing challenging. The animals hiding are a quite interesting bunch... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Renna
I was selecting books as a present for my niece's first birthday and after putting three in the basket suddenly noticed it was only showing two. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mrs D R Dorrington
Great book. I used to love the Spot books growing up and bought this to read to my friend's 1 year old, she loves the book, especially lifting up the flaps, and I enjoy the story. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great little lift the flap book for my 18 month old. Nice and chunky & hard wearing, fantastic pricePublished 12 days ago by Samantha serena
Cant beat this book or other books from the Spot collection fun time with my son finding spot under the blankets and under the bed. Priceless moments at such a low cost. Thank youPublished 19 days ago by Sohieb Shabir MIr
Bought this for my friends daughter, it's just how I remembered it from when I was younger, brilliantPublished 20 days ago by Jess
18 month old really loves this book. Strong flaps & longer than a lot of other lift the flap booksPublished 22 days ago by E. Bush