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For Mothers Day this year I received a number of small little gifts from my kids and one of them was this lovely Spot Loves His mum book. Even though my husband picked it out this was my favourite gift as I thought it was really thoughtful and sweet. We always love to buy books for our kids because I think the gift of reading is one of the best things you can give them and they love looking at books and also this is such a cute one for Mothers Day as it shows how close a child and mother can be. Spot is a wonderfully cute yellow puppy with a brown spots on him and he loves nothign more that playing and getting into adventures. According to an article I read the author, "Eric Hill, was born in London in 1927. He left school at 15 to work in a shipping office in the city. At 16 he joined an art studio as a messenger where he was encouraged to draw cartoons in his spare time. In 1976 Eric's son Christopher was born and when he was 2 years old Eric made up a story about a small puppy to read to him at bedtime. In 1980 'Where's Spot?' was published and the rest is history." We have a number of the Spot books and I love them because they are very simple but effective stories with cute pictures, short simple text and some have fun lift up flaps. This book is a small board book so it is fairly robust and holds up to heavy page turning, the odd bit of chewing and lots of reading. This book doesn't have any flaps unfortunately but that doesn't take away from the cute message in this book. I think its very important for children to know they are loved and protected and this book emphasises the close bond between Spot and his mum, Sally. What I love about their relationship is that in every book, they always seem to have fun together and do lots of cute things. For example in this book you see them baking a cake together which is actually something my little girl and I really like to do too so I think she likes to see that this is a fun thing other children (all be it a dog) and his mummy does too. They also play hide and seek and are in the garden, all everyday things but fun things we like to do too and that we can do to strengthen our bond. The end scene is really cute as Spot and his mum and sitting down snuggling, reading a book together and this is one of our favourite things to do too. The book is wonderful and colourful and has really cute pictures of Spot and his mum. The book has an ISBN 978-0723257479 and is one I recommend.
I loved Spot growing up, as did my husband, so naturally when he had a child of our own, we wanted to introduce our son to the wonderful little pup that is Spot. There are lots of Spot books, and dvds out there and my son has many, some of which used to be his Daddy's. I/my son got this book for Mothers Day last year. My husband had taken my son out shopping to get me something nice, (my husband always buys me books), so while in Waterstones my son spotted this and begged my husband to let him get it for me. I thought this was such a sweet thing to do and my heart just about melted on Mothers Day. Spot loves his Mum is one of many books in a huge collection of Spot books by Eric Hill. The book is a little smaller than A5 in size and is a board book. I really like board books for children as they last longer and are almost impossible to rip. This book consists of 12 pages. each page has a large, bright, colourful classic spot illustration, and has large font black writing. The book doesn't really follow a story as such, its more just statements of things spot has done with his mum throughout the day. However I don't feel this is an issue as all the things spot has done are relatable to both adult and child. There is one statement/thing they have done together across each two pages. For example the first two pages are about breakfast, 'It's a lovely sunny morning. "Time for breakfast, Spot," says his mum.' There is a detailed picture for this of Spot and mum having breakfast, tea pot and all. Although each page only has a small sentence or two, due to the pictures and how easy it is to relate to, it offers the great opportunity to have a conversation with your child. I say this as the pictures show great examples of everyday life and will be something your child will be able to relate to and talk about. For those young children who can't talk yet, the book provides you as a parent the oppotunity to talk to your child about everyday things/ situations, helping them learn everyday words. My son is now 3 and we still read this book, I have started running my fingers along the words as I read them, letting him follow the words too, in the hope he will atart to recognize some of the words. As the book is short it helps hold his attention. My favourite part of this book, is how close it makes me feel to my son, as we discuss things we have done together, just like Spot and his Mum. This is helped by the last to pages, as Spot snuggles up with his mum, the final two lines are so cute and made my heart melt. I'm not writing them, because I don't want to spoil that feeling for all those mums out there when you read them to your child for the first time. Due largely to the last two pages, I found this book both perfect for the occassion it was bought for, and I know I'll be able to keep it as a keepsake once he's out grown it. I'll bring it out when he is a moody teenage and remember how sweet my little boy used to be. I returned the favour to my husband this Fathers Day as there is also a Spot loves his Dad book. The rrp on this book is £3.99, however I have seen this online both new and used for much cheaper.
I have a young nephew who is not yet two years old, and one thing that he really loves is story-time. Because of his love of his personal library, I am often on the look out for some new titles to buy him as a treat. One character who has proven to be extremely popular with the little guy is 'Spot' who is a cartoon/animated dog, featuring in a range of books by author Eric Hill. I have bought him several of these books over the past year or so and each and every one of them has proven to be a huge hit. With this in mind, I was perusing the selection of 'Spot' books on Amazon recently when a particular title caught my eye - "Spot Loves His Mum". I am very close to my sister, who is of course my nephew's mum, and I thought this book would appeal to both parties when it came to story-time. There are several 'Spot' books I have bought before that have 'Lift Up' flaps throughout the pages, which make the books slightly more appealing, in the case of my own nephew at least, as he seems to really enjoy the 'hide and seek' element to the stories. In the case of the "Spot Loves His Mum" book however, there are no 'Lift Up' flaps to be found, and the short story is printed on plain hard-back pages. This fact takes nothing from the book itself and it has still proven to be a big hit with the little guy, probably due to the gorgeous illustration that is present throughout the pages of the book. The colourful drawings are extremely eye-catching and there is a huge amount of detail present on each and every page, which is a rather helpful tool when educating younger minds. The detail given throughout the book allows us as adults to encourage my nephew to seek out details and point to them in turn and there is plenty of choice to pick from. A particular favourite of my nephew's seems to be Spot's little teddy bear, who is present in the pictures at the centre of the book, but there is plenty detail to choose from ranging from a cute orange cat, to bright red flowers and I feel rather spoiled for choice when it comes to pointing out the detail to the little guy. All of the pictures in the book have a rather 'chunky' design to them, so they are easy for little eyes and minds to absorb, no doubt. There is nothing difficult to digest within either the pictures or the storyline itself, which is exactly what I would expect from a junior book aimed at such a young audience. The story itself is of course a very simple one, and takes place over only 12 or so pages, but it is highly appealing and rather heart-warming nevertheless. The point of this particular Spot book is to emphasise how close Spot is to his mum and how much his mummy does for him. We are shown a small selection of past-times and activities which both of them do together and both characters are together on every page throughout the book which reinforces the strength of their bond to the audience/reader. One example of this would be the page showing Spot and his mum baking a cake together, and the smiles on both characters faces are plain to see. There are other events that are more relevant to my nephew (he is too young for baking at present!) such as playing in the garden. The part of the story that has proven to be the biggest hit, however, is the last two pages, where we see Spot snuggling on his mum's knee for story-time. This is probably because the picture on the page somewhat mirrors the image of my nephew on his mum's (or auntie's!!) knee at that exact point in time. It is not difficult for him to grasp that Spot loves snuggling and reading stories in the same way that he does, and this seems to make the conclusion of the story even more endearing to him personally. In fact, he usually insists on starting the book right from the beginning and reading it to him all over again... If this fact doesn't reiterate how charming and enjoyable this little story is, then I don't know what would! Overall, I would highly recommend the "Spot Loves His Mum" book, and the lovely colourful animation together with the simplistic storyline seem to have proven to be quite a hit with my nephew, as I expected it would, given his love of the Spot range of books that we have shown him so far. I paid only £0.01 (plus approx £2.00 for postage and packaging costs) for a used copy of the Spot Loves His Mum book from www.amazon.co.uk and I have also seen second hand copies for sale on www.ebay.co.uk, with prices starting from around 99 pence. It may also be worth noting that there is a similar book in the Spot range called '"Spot Loves His Dad". A whole range of Spot books are available from the websites mentioned in this review, as well as all good bookstores such as Waterstones (website can be found at www.waterstones.com).