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I loved Spot growing up, as did my husband. After introducing Spot to our son with other Spot books (see my review on the book Spot loves his Mum) he is now a big fan of spot too. When my husband and I were on our honeymoon we came across this book, and thought it would be a nice little present to take back to our son. Spot goes on holiday, is one in a huge collection of Spot books by Eric Hill, there are also Spot dvds available. This book is how I remember spot books to be with lift flaps. This book is 6 inch square in size, and has carboard pages, so I guess it would be considered a board book. However the pages aren't as thick as most board books I have experienced. The spine of this book is a bit flimsy and I feel it could eventually come away from the individual pages. This book consists of 24 pages. Like most spot books this book doesn't follow a story as such more a series of statements. In this book we follow Spot, his mum and dad as they go to the beach, and share in all the fun things they get up to. Spot does everything from playing ball, to building sandcastles, and covering dad in sand, to fishing and making a new friend. Each statement/illustration is over two pages, and apart from the first, and the last two pages of the book, they all have one lift flap per two pages. Each lift flap, has a picture underneath that relates to the statement. For example on one page it says 'Puppy overboard!' . We see a picture of Spot's dad on a boat, and a lift flap of a large splash, when we lift the splash we find Spot underneath in his rubber ring. The flaps are made of thin carboard board, but are high quality and my son hasn't managed to rip any of them yet. Illustrations in this book, are classic Spot. They are bold, bright and colourful, yet they still have plenty of added background details, like buckets and spades, sea shells and crabs. These added details add another dimension to the book, and provide extra talking points to share with your child/children. My son enjoys telling me all the different things he can see in each picture, and talks about when he was at the beach searching for crabs with his grandad. Like in most spot books, the text is limited, and in bold large black font. This is great for holding a young child attention, and great for young readers to read along with the adults. The RRP on this book is £4.99, this might seem a little steep, but considering its a lift flap book, and a classic spot, I think its reasonable value. Overall another lovely Spot tale, that my son loves and i love reading with him. Only 4 stars due to the spine but the book as a whole was great.
"Spot Spot loveable spot He's soft and cuddly and he smiles a lot If there ever was a pup to cheer you up its Spot Spot Spot." When I was little I loved Spot, the adorable little yellow puppy with a brown spot (hence the name) on his back and a little brown tail. I had books, videos and a cuddly pull along Spot. Now I read Spot to my nieces and nephews and he seems as lovable now as he ever was Even though Spot is a puppy he lives in a house, with his mum and dad of course and does things like humans. The book they are enjoying at the moment is Spot Goes On Holiday by Eric Hill. Its a simple story of Spots mum and dad taking him to the beach. Spot has fun playing with a beach ball, making sandcastles, burying his dad in the sand and many more mini adventures during his time at the seaside. The txt in this book is thick, black and large. Its ideal for children to read along with an adult. The words are nice and large so children can follow them as you read. There is only one sentence on each double page. The illustrations in the book are lovely. They are bright and colourful and show the story in a simple way yet there is enough detail in them to always have something extra to talk about should you wish to do so. The thing that really fascinates my niece and nephew are the little lift up flaps that are on most pages. These relate to the story and all have a little picture underneath. For example, when Spot buries his dad the lift up flap has a picture of sand on it and when you lift it up Spots dad is underneath. These follow all through the book and add something extra to the story. It doesn't matter how many times we read the book they never tire of looking under these little lift up flaps. All in all Spot Goes On Holiday is a lovely little book. Its a simple story but the pictures, the lift up flaps and the large simple txt make it a pleasure for children to read or be read to. Spot Goes On Holiday can be found on Amazon. for round about £4.00.
Having read quite a few of the Spot books since my son was born last year I was pleased when he got this book as a present for his first birthday. Jake loves lifting the flaps on this series of books. The book follows Spot and his mum and dad on holiday at the seaside, with spot hiding behind a flap of beach bells at the souvenir shop; behind the sail of his new yacht that his dad had bought him. Spot tries the catch the ball at the beach as it gets thrown into the sea, with a sea monster hiding behind the flap. Spot makes sandcastles on the beach, with a flap to lift to see his castle underneath. Spot hides his dad by covering him in sand (takes me back 20 years!), with a flap to lift to see where Spot's dad is hidden. Spot goes out to sea with his dad to go fishing and thinks he has caught a fish, when in actual fact when your child lifts the flap Spot has caught an old boot! Spot jumps off the side of the boat and dad jumps in after him. Lift the flap and Spot is happily popping around in his inflatable ring shouting to his dad 'I'm all right'. Spot also makes a new friend, with another dog he meets at the beach. This is another lovely book from the Spot series. The only slight gripe I have is that it is possible too long, it has 22 pages. It can not keep Jake's attention as a reading book past about page 14, each time he loses interest past that point. At £4.99 I do think this is a little expensive for a child's book, but these are certainly nice books to send as a gift. ISBN 978-0-72326-365-4 Spot Goes on Holiday - Eric Hill