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My daughter loves books and we asked for some for her first Christmas. I asked especially for Spot the Dog books as I thought these would be suitable for her at that age and be something she could keep as she got older. One of the ones she got was this Play-A-Sound book - Spot's Rainy Day. She got this when she was 6 months old.
---About the book:
This book is one that has a book down the left side and then has a panel on the right with 7 buttons that can be pressed to make sounds. The book side is purple in colour and has the title written along the top with the name of the author (Eric Hill) underneath in black. Under that is a picture of Spot standing on his back legs with raindrops falling on his nose and all around him. He has his ball with him. On the right are the sounds that can be pressed. They are on a red background with the speaker at the top with a large button with a picture of Spot on it. Underneath Spot, there are 6 other buttons in 3 rows of 2. There is a picture of the rain, a blue bird, a ginger cat, a bicycle bell, a frog and a duck. When you press them they make a noise to represent the picture on the button.
The story is about Spot going out to play in his garden with his ball. His friends come past and tell him it is going to rain, but he keeps on playing anyway. Soon it does start to rain so he has to run back inside and has a sleep next to ginger cat. When the rain stops, he goes back out to play again. The story is quite simple, but the main point of the book is the sounds. As you read through the book, there are pictures matching those on the buttons at specific points in the book and you are supposed to press the button to make the sound to go with the storyline.
When we first got given the book, my daughter wasn't that intersted in it as with most things she got at that age. When we got it out again when she was around one, she was much more interested in it. She likes having the book read to her and I press the buttons at the appropriate places which she enjoys hearing. She also likes pressing the buttons herself and listening to the sounds which can get very annoying after the 50th time of hearing the bell ringing. The sounds are quite good as you get the animal sounds from the cat, bird, frog and duck; as well as a bell ringing and a 'plinky plonky' tune for the rain. The only one I don't like is the Spot button as I would have preferred a barking sound to the giggle that we get every time it is pressed.
Now that my daughter is coming up for her 2nd birthday, she is starting to press the buttons herself when I point to them. She really loves turning the pages of the book herself and as this is a board book, she is able to do so easily and she has not damaged them at all and you can easily wipe them clean. The pictures are really simple and she is able to recognise the animals and point to them as we read the book and she enjoys telling me what they all are.
The book says that it is suitable for 18 months and over but I would lower that personally to 12 months if you are reading it with your children. The board book pages mean it is easy for small fingers to use and the buttons don't take too much effort to press down. The writing is easy to see but is smaller than some of the other Spot books we have but is an easy to read font. The book allows you to change the battery which is good as some of these types of books don't allow this so this book should last us a long time. We have not had to do this yet, but the book is not read daily, so it has lasted longer. It requires 3 button cell batteries if you need to change them.
I have been pleased with this book with the exception of the sound of Spot. The noises are a good volume so are not too loud, but can be heard easily, even in a car where she reads this a lot on her own. The book costs £5.99 which is a good price for a book that has the added fun of the sounds. If you can cope with hearing the giggling on a regular basis, I would recommend this book as a fun addition to your library.