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Spot's Noisy Walk
Laugh Along with Spot
Spot the Dog is a series of books which were written by Eric Hill and later made into a lovely children's animation for the BBC. The books were originally published back in 1980 and followed a young puppy dog named Spot on his fun little adventures, many of which encouraged children to be interactive with the books with either lifting the flaps or pressing the sounds. The series became so successful that not only was it made into animation on the television but also translated into more than 60 different languages.
SPOT'S NOISY WALK
Spot's Noisy Walk is not the traditional lift-the-flap book as perhaps some of you may know of the Spot books, though rather a play-a-sound book. It is a larger book and so quite big for the very young to hold easily though that does not stop my daughter from enjoying it whilst resting it on the floor or the bed. The book is a typical hard-back book though the inside pages are thick paper pages and easy to rip and bend.
The back cover is larger than the front enabling the noise pad to be positioned easily on the right hand side of the book, securely attached and as part of the actual book. The cover is perfectly positioned though does rub against the noise pad when opened though this does not make it difficult at all to open. Both front and back cover hosts lovely colourful illustrations of Spot on his walk on a white background making the picture stand out from the page. To look at, the book is very attractive for young children.
The colourful images continue throughout the book, all on a white background. In some books, this may look a little empty though it works well here. As the pages are white, the bold black text stands out well and is very large so great for early readers.
Each double page hosts not only a full page image which continues to half the other page and the bold text though it also has two or three squares above the text which contain images which match the images on the noise pad. This helps the child know which images to press to make the relevant sound. My daughter picked this up very quickly and loves pressing the buttons to make the sounds. This also helps her follow the story and she tells us what is happening before we even get a chance to read it! This layout continues on every page so is easy to follow and read and the child gets used to where everything is on each page.
The story itself is very simple and is as the title suggests with Spot going on a walk through a farm where he comes across many animals, each with their different sounds which can be found upon the sound pad. A simple story yet one that, with the sound pad, makes it exciting for the child.
The sound pad has 16 different buttons in rows of two. The buttons are a decent size though the center of each button has to be pressed otherwise it does not make any sound. Once the center is pressed, it is pressed easily and the different sounds come out with a good sound, not too loud but not too quiet and certainly not annoying. Most buttons are different animal sounds from the farm though there are also other sounds such as a tractor starting up, a splash of a puddle, Spot laughing and a clock ticking etc. Each sound is pretty much audible as to what it is meant to be though some do sound a little tinny. The speaker is positioned under the buttons and is small but effective.
The overall look of the book is great though for young hands it is both difficult to hold as the book is rather large, though as already said, my daughter doesn't mind as she simply rests it on the floor or bed, and the pages are as a lot of books and easily ripped and bent. The story is a simple one though very effective and fun when read with the different sounds and my daughter has had this book for a year now and I brought it used and it is still working as it did when new.
The RRP of this book is a whopping £9.99 which to be honest is very steep though there are bargains around. I found this book at a car boot sale for only £0.50 which was a real bargain. I have found that on Amazon you can even buy this for just over £3.00 (£2.99 P&P which means it is only £0.01!!).
I certainly think that the RRP is very steep. Yes, the book is great, even with the low durability of the pages, but £9.99 is really a lot and so I would certainly recommend looking around for a better bargain as there are plenty out there. At a lower price, this book is great for all the things mentioned in this review. Fully recommended!