“ Author: Eric Hill / Format: Hardback / Date of publication: 04 October 2012 / Genre: Pop-Up & Books / Subcategory: Picture & Activity Books / Category: Interactive & Activity Books & Packs / Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd / Title: Where's Spot / ISBN 13: 9780723268871 / ISBN 10: 0723268871 / Alternative EAN: 9780140504200 „
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My daughter doesn't miss anything, in fact I would describe her as being very nosey! She received this book recently from some of my husband's family would were in the area visiting and called to see her. This book 'Where's Spot?' by Eric Hill was actually part of a set, and came with a little toy Spot teddy, which my daughter loves. When I first got the book I thought it would be one to hold onto for a few months as it would be too long for my little six month old daughter and she wouldn't be able to concentrate on it. However, this is where her nosiness came in, and this seems to be quite a favourite at bedtime!
I actually have the hardback version of this book and you can buy one on the likes of amazon for around £3.50. I have been familiar with the character Spot and the associated books since I was a little girl, and I used to like them, so I was pleased for my daughter to be given one of these books.
Obviously, given the title, this book is all about Spot who cannot be found by his mum Sally when it is dinnertime. This then leads to a search all around the house to find Spot. The search involves lifting the flaps to see if Spot is behind certain things, and this is the part that my daughter particularly likes as she cranes her neck to see what is behind some of the flaps as you lift them. Behind each flap there is one or more animals saying 'no' that Spot isn't there. Sally looks for spot under the bed, in the wardrobe, under the rug etc etc until she finally finds him hiding in the basket, and then he comes and gets his dinner.
I brought this out one bedtime to see what my 6 month old daughter would think of it, assuming that she wouldn't be that interested at her age, however, she was enthralled! Despite it being slightly longer than some of her other bedtime stories, she NEVER loses concentration throughout this book.
All in all, this is a great book even for a baby as young as six months old ad with the bright colourful pages and the lift the flaps, this keeps even a young baby interested throughout. I will definitely be buying my daughter more Spot books as she grows up.
It's dinner time but Spot the dog is nowhere to be seen, where can he be hiding? Is he behind the door or is he in the clock? Lift the flaps and help Sally find the naughty little puppy.
Where's Spot is a book that I fondly remember sharing with my eldest child over twenty years ago and one that I now regularly share with his 22 month old brother, Freddy. Although Where's Spot is also available in paperback we have the board book, and it is that particular format that I will be concentrating on in this review (but I may just reminisce on the paperback). The book itself is fairly small and certainly suited to small hands, measuring about five inches square and formed of sturdy semi-laminated cardboard. The pages are easy for little hands to turn and sturdy enough to survive the rather enthusiastic attentions of a toddler. The flaps are a little less robust being made of thin card rather than thick, but far more robust than in the paperback version.
From the front page to the last the illustrations are delightful, a little cartoonish with bright colours to draw the eye. The use of a dog and her puppy as the heroes of the story is sure to delight any young toddler. The text is big and bold with only a few words on each page, I especially like the way the text is always black on white meaning it is easier for beginner readers to decipher. The very special part of this book though is that on each double page we are looking for Spot and get the chance to check under flaps to see if he's there. This means that pre-readers can really get involved in story-time and that there's lots to talk about on each page.
Freddy and I really enjoy sharing this book, it's become a book we read together at least once a day and one he will regularly ask for. We like to look at each page while I read the words and then talk about what we can see. On those pages with flaps I barely have time to start reading before Freddy is lifting the flaps looking for Spot. So far the flaps have lasted quite well, but from experience with the paperback version (and my other children) I know that if I allow Freddy free access to this book then it won't be long until he rips them off, so this book is strictly kept for sharing.
What I love about this book is that it is not only encouraging Freddy to cultivate his love of books but is also helping him learn a little about the world around him and improve his fine motor skills as he lifts the flaps. I love that as we search the house with Sally we come across various unexpected animals such as a crocodile, penguins, a snake and a monkey. This gives us opportunities to talk about where these animals live, what noises they make and whether we've seen them on one of our regular trips to the zoo. Freddy's favourite animals to find are the monkey (that says "Oo Oo Oo" and snake (that says "Ssssssssss"), this book really does engage him. As the animals are behind and under fairly familiar pieces of furniture we also have the opportunity to talk about these and what they do. I also like the way the book builds the anticipation, with Freddy getting excited as we finally find Spot and give him a stroke. A really nice touch is that there are little speech bubbles coming from the hidden animals which adds a little something for slightly older children.
As well as simply reading the book and talking about the pictures we also sometimes sing songs about some of the animals and furniture we see. So when we find the crocodile we'll sing the second verse of Row the Boat (If you see a crocodile, don't forget to scream), or Hickory Dickory Dock when we come to the clock. This certainly adds a little variety when Freddy has asked for the "Dog Book" for the tenth time in an afternoon. Being a toddler, Freddy certainly does love the repetition in the book, will happily have the book read to him four or five times in succession and still delights in finding Spot. But being an adult I do find this a little mind-numbing after the second or third time in a day (which is why I try and add a little extra dimension) and have to admit I do eventually pretend that I can't find the book (naughty Mummy).
Where's Spot is a book that has been delighting toddlers for over thirty years and it's easy to see why. The combination of bold, colourful, unfussy illustrations, simple repetitive text and animals hidden behind flaps will catch any young child's imagination and surprisingly keep it. I remember many happy story times sharing this very same book with my older children and while to an adult it isn't as exciting as many more recent children's books, it certainly doesn't seem to have lost any of it's charm. While I wouldn't say that this is Freddy's current favourite book (that would be The Very Hungry Caterpillar) it comes a very close second and we both agree that it deserves a place on every toddler's bookshelf, but is a book for sharing rather than exploring alone. So we're giving Where's Spot five stars out of five, as it a well loved classic and we can't wait for our next Spot book to arrive as we've enjoyed this one so much.
Who is the book for?
This book is a lovely short story for babies and toddlers. I particularly chose the board book version of this for my little girl, as she was teething and her books were feeling her pain! My little girl is almost eight months old and really enjoys this story. She is just beginning to benefit from the fact that this is a lift-the-flap book. I think that this book would also be suitable for those babies who are a bit older, although the story is very short so I think children much beyond the age of two, may be looking for stories which are a bit longer.
The story involves Spot's mummy Sally hunting all over the house for him. A storyline which many small children can relate to, when they are hunting for a favoured toy. Whilst looking in the wardrobe; under the bed etc. Sally comes across many animals. This can be used to help very young children engage with the story, as they can be encouraged to make the noise that the animal would make. The text is very simple and repetitive, just what young children require as they are becoming familiar with the English language.
The pictures in this book are bold and uncluttered, helping to capture the attention of the young audience at which the book is targeted at. The bright yellow image of Spot is one which I grew up with and I much enjoyed introducing this to my baby.
Where's Spot - Book by Eric Hill
This book takes me back to my childhood when I used to watch Spot who is a dog on the television.
My daughter loves books and when I seen this book as a gift set (a spot soft cuddly toy was included) I couldn't resist buying it for her.
My daughter is 9 months and loves looking at pictures and turning the pages. She is always engrossed when I read a story to her, as long as it's not too long. Her attention span wouldn't be fantastic but what else can you expect from a baby of her age.
This book is just the right length for my daughter with only a sentence on each page. There is only 11 pages for your little one to look at which I feel is just the right amount for a younger child.
It is a very simple story which is easy to understand and follow. The story is all about Spot's mum looking for Spot as it is his dinner time but he is hiding. So she has to go and look for Spot in different places.
Your child will be in suspense on each page to see if Spot is hiding underneath this item as you have to lift a flap to find him.
Throughout the book you will look behind a door, clock, piano, underneath stairs, wardrobe, bed, box, rug and you will find him in the basket.
The front of the book is blue with a picture of Spot's mum looking for him in a box. It is a simple yet effective picture as it lets you know what the book is all about straight away. There is also a star to let you know that it is a lift the flap book.
The pictures in the book are very simple with the background in white. Each object that you are checking if Spot is hiding behind is a bright bold colour so it's easy to see and focus on.
When you open the flaps you will find Spot's friends the bear, snake, hippo, lion, monkey, crocodile, penguins, turtle and they will help you find Spot.
My daughter loves it when I make the noises that these animal's make. Under the last flap you will find Spot the dog himself.
The last page of this book doesn't have any flaps but it is a good conclusion to the story as Spot is a 'good boy' as he is eating his dinner up. So it is sending children a positive message that eating your dinner means you are good. At the start of the book Spot is 'naughty' as he is missing as he is hiding.
I really like this book as I feel it is simple yet effective. My daughter also loves this book as she is always excited about who she is going to find underneath the flap. She also loves it when I make the noise of the animal. This isn't in the book but my daughter does enjoy it.
I feel that this book is educational in several ways. It can learn your children animals (if you tell them what they are), it will learn them objects (the ones the animals are hiding behind). Within time my daughter will memorise what is under each flap as well. It helps with her co-ordination turning the pages and lifting the flaps.
The only problem I have with this book is that the flaps are flimsy and my daughter has already torn one by accident. If I don't keep an eye on her when she is reading this book I fear that all the flaps would be pulled off very easily.
I usually read the book to her myself as I feel this is the best way for her to learn from it. This book is very easily and simple to read as there is only a sentence on each page and it is very easy to animate your words to make the book more exciting.
The gift pack that I bought cost me £5 and I received a soft cuddly Spot toy and this book which I feel was good value for money.
This is a simple book which is easy to understand and sends out a good message. It also brings me back down memory lane of when I was younger which helped sway me into buying it.
I would recommend this book however I am disappointed that some of the flaps on mine have been tore by my daughter already and I think to improve the book these could be made stronger. Some of the flaps also have been bent the wrong way as they are quite flimsy.
Setting this problem aside I feel that the book is a good one for your little one.
The book was published by the Penguin group and the ISBN is 978 0 7232 6366 1.
This is another book that i used to read as i child and i have now bought it for my own son because i remember how enjoyable it was to read. My son is only 5 months old at the moment so it isn't something he'll enjoy just yet, but i'm sure when he gets to around toddler age he'll love it.
The book features the lovable character Spot the Dog and it's a 'Lift-The-Flap' Book which allows your child to lift different flaps throughout the book while they look for Spot the Dog. The story that accompanies the pictures and activity is a short one, so your child won't tire of it and it is also simple to read. The pictures in the book are brightly coloured to really engage your child and i think you'll find that they'll enjoy the anticipation of trying to find Spot!
I think this book is a nice starter for getting your young ones interested in books and helping them to engage in stories as this book actually lets your child to get involved.
There are many more Spot the Dog books to add to your collection too once you've got this one, but this one is my personal favourite.
I'd reccomend it mostly for ages 2+
Amazon sell the book for around £3-£4.
Everyone's favourite dog
Spot the Dog is a series of books by the author Eric Hill. Spot is a gorgeous little yellow puppy with brown spots on him. I always thought Spot was a labrador but apparently he is more likely to be a Saint Bernard puppy. Spot is very playful and large of life and as such is great fun to read about with all the mischief he gets into. I remember reading these books as a child and now really enjoy reading them to my little girl. According to an article I read, Where's Spot was inspired by the reaction of Eric's two-year-old son to an advert in which lifting the flap revealed a funny picture and to a bedtime story made up to go along with it.
Where's Spot was his first book and was published in 1980 and I think this is still my favourite book as it's the original and the best. The story is very simple but very cute. It features his mum, Sally going around the house looking for him. She asks the question, Where's Spot? and then there are a number of different places she finds to look for him. For example she asks, "Is he behind the door?. The book then has a flap where the door is so you are able to open the flap and see that no, he is not behind the door. What is behind the door is a big brown bear with a tub full of honey saying, "No."
The different places she looks include in the piano, in the wardrobe, under the bed etc, etc. What I like about it is that she looks in lots of familiar places around the house, words that your little baby will find easy to learn and needs to learn so to introduce them in book story form I think is great. We are also introduced to a lot of different animals who are hiding in the places that Sally is looking for Spot. For example, we have already met the bear but we also meet a monkey, a crocodile, penguins and a snake to name but a few. Again this introduces your little boy/girl to a lot of different animals that are great to become familiar with.
The flaps are all in different shapes and sizes and are fun to open for little hands and provide a nice little surprise when you lift them up and find an aminal. The illustrations in this book are great, it's really bright and colourful and the text is big and bold which enables it to be really easy to read. We have ours in a board book version but they are also available in paperback and in DVD's too, a great classic book.
This is one of my boy's favourite books. He is now 2, but has loved it ever since he had it from about 18mths.
The basic premise is that naughty Spot has gone missing before supper time and his poor mum has to search the house to find him. Of course, your little one needs to help in the hunt to lift flaps on various household objects, wardrobe, clock, bed etc etc to see if they can find the naughty puppy.
I love in particular the humour on the last but one page where you think you have found a puppy like shape unde the rug, but actually it is a turtle.
This is a real join in and share book. It has the repetitve strains on each page of "Is he.... (behind the door, in the wardrobe etc)" to which my little boy loves to shout "No" really loudly and giggle as he lifts the flaps. He also enjoys making all the animal noises "Sssss" for snake, "Roar" for lion and doing the little actions we make up for the more tricky animals.
The book is delightfully illustrated with cute pictures by Eric Hill, and has really helped my boy to recognise words for both animals and everyday household objects. It is also a godsend for keeping him still and happy whilst waiting at the Doctors surgery - surely worth an extra copy just for that alone!!
This is currently on sale at Amazon for £3.79 and if it is not in your little one's collection, cash in some of those Dooyoo Miles to buy it - highly recommended for a happy little one.
This is one of my all time favourite children's books, I remember reading this when I was a child and I absolutely adored it. My Nan, being the traditional type bought this book for my daughters first birthday. I was so chuffed when I saw it.
Where's spot? Is an all time classic children's book written by Eric Hill. Eric Hill is a well known author and is widely known for writing the spot Books. He has produced several spot books and they have been produced in several languages all over the world.
The where's spot book contains 18 pages in total and is a lift the flap book, that makes it all the more entertaining for children. The front cover is of a simple white design showing a picture of spots mum looking for spot in a box. It also has the title in big bold black letters, so there is definitely no confusion of what book you are getting here.
The book is simple and easy for children to follow. Its spots dinner time but he is hiding. His mum goes looking for him but comes across other things hiding instead. For example: it says on the left side, is he behind the door? There is then a door on the other page for children to open. Behind the door is a bear that says "no". This carry's on with every page with different animals hiding in different places until finally spot is found and he can enjoy his dinner.
This really is a lovely book and my daughter absolutely adores it. I think every child should enjoy the delights and adventures of spot the dog.
There are several other books to choose from which are just as lovely this one. This book gets a high 5 from me and I would definitely recommend it.
This book can be bought for the bargain price of £3.55 at Amazon. I recommend that everyone with children should buy this book.
This story is fun, interactive and bright and cheerful. Every child should have a copy. The book is smallish in size (not as small as a5, but not as large as a4) and is square in shape.
We have this book in softcopy however a hardcopy version is available.
Although the story is simple, it is very creative and wonderful for young children.
Spot is a dog and has gone missing, as tea is ready it is our job to find him. Each page has an interactive fold for you to open. i.e. "is he behind the door". Instead of spot being there something else lies behind.. This is a great feature for your child to interact, they can open the folds and see what animal is. Eventually after pages and pages of looking Spot is found.
The text within the book is large and bold, simple enough for a young toddler to understand to read and relatively easy for a child to read. The longest word I found in the book was "wardrobe" but most words are one or two syllables.
The book can be purchased for around 3-4 pounds from most book stores. It is wrote by Eric Hill. Your local library will also have a copy, as this tale is very popular and well loved.
p.s. My toddler loves to play along, this is currently his favorite book.
Wonderful story as spot's Mom looks for her pup - Where can he be? behind the door, inside the box or maybe under the bed? Each page brings a different animal surprise before at last Spot is found, much to the delight the children. My children always especially liked the penguins, but there are several other animals as well - a monkey, a lion, a snake, a crocodile, a hippo with a bird, a bear and a turtle. We make a different voice for each.
One of our very favourite books, we bought this edition after our other one was read to death. I would particularly recommend the Junior Book edition for younger children as it is even sturdier than the original, and this book gets so much use with young children the flaps can wear out on other versions. this edition is a bit smaller, but the extra sturdy pages and flaps really make up for it.
The book is perfect for teaching children to read, and while they recite it from memory at first, they do eventually learn the words which are printed in large bold text. It is perfect for babies right up to early primary school. Very small children love the short simple text and the surprise behind each flap. Older children like reciting the words themselves and eventually reading the book. My oldest quickly picked up the words in this book, reading on his own at age 4, and even my three year old seems to be catching on.
This book is frequently listed in Best Children's Book ever lists and it certainly deserves its place. I honestly think it should be on every child's book shelf. I would recommend the other Spot books as well, we have a shelf full, but I still think this is the all time best.
Where's Spot? Written by Eric Hill
I loved the Spot story books when I was a little girl so when I was pregnant and a book club I was a member of sent me 'Where's Spot 25th Anniversary Edition' I couldn't resist saving it for when my daughter was born. The book was a special hardback silver coloured edition and it came with a cuddly spot toy and story CD.
It was a good move saving the book for my daughter and has a been a firm favorite ever since I started reading to her. She is nearly 4 years old now but still often looks at the book quoting each page from memory as she has heard the story so many times.
The main story is very simple and aimed at pre-school children with lovely, bright illustrations which capture their attention immeadiatly. Each page has large, clear writing in short sentances which is nice and easy for young children to follow and learn from.
Spots mum 'Sally' is trying to find Spot because his dinner is ready. She looks round the house in all sorts of places like the big, pink grand piano, the wardrobe and under the rug among others. Sally comes across lots of strange animals in the places she looks but not Spot! She finally finds Spot hiding in a basket!
This hardback book has thick paper pages which are nice and easy for young children to turn over. Each page has a flap to lift up which are unfortunatley a little bit flimsy and do end up getting ripped after a while. All my daughters Spot books have got flaps which have been sellotaped back in after she has accidently pulled them a bit hard!
The back of my copy of Where's Spot has an RRP of £7.99 but it can be purchased in many different styles both online and on the high street. I often find this book in charity shops along with other stories in the Spot Stories series.
A few other spot books to look out for are:
Spot goes to School
Spot goes to the Farm
Spot goes to the Beach
Spot's Baby Sister
Spot visits his Grandparents
This book was originally published in 1980 and I do not feel it has dated one bit. I would definatly recommend it to anyone with young children and have no doubt you will love the Spot books as much as me and my daughter do.
This is a book we have taken from the library on a few occasions and both of my daughters (aged 11 months & 2 years) always enjoy looking at it.
The version we have at the moment is a small square board book.
The story is very simple. It starts off with Spot's Mummy saying it's Spot's dinner time and she wonders where he is because he is hiding. Then as you turn each page there is a flap to lift to see if Spot is hiding behind it.
First of all there's a door, but no Spot, just a big bear eating some honey. Then it's a Grandfather Clock, but no Spot, just a Snake. Every page is the same with Mummy Spot searching behind some item of furniture, she looks in a piano, under the stairs, in the wardrobe, under the bed, in a box, under a rug, but with no luck, all she finds are various other animals. She finally finds Spot hiding in a basket. On the final page you will find Spot eating up his dinner. Good boy, Spot.
Every page is very simply done with just a few words written in bold, such as 'Is he behind the door?'. And usually you'll just see Mummy Spot and the object mentioned in the text (until you lift the flap, then there is an animal as well).
The background is left white. I think this adds to the book's simplicity and the child is not distracted by detailed drawings. The aim of the book is to find Spot, and so this is all the child is interested in. So as you turn the pages, the child can hunt for Spot behind each flap.
Both of my children continuously enjoy turning the pages and lifting the flaps to see who is hiding behind them. My eldest likes to tell me what animal it is, and my youngest just likes to lift the flaps and turn the pages.
I think the book appeals to quite a broad age range because young babies who like looking at pictures will enjoy the simplicity of the illustrations and the short text. And older children who are starting to recognise animals will enjoy lifting the flaps and naming all the different creatures they can see. And perhaps even older children will like to read it to themselves because the text is so easy to read and quite repetitive.
I can highly recommend this lovely book for preschool children.
Price is £4.99 but currently on Amazon for £4.05
I was so excited to be given this book for my baby at my baby shower as I remember it well from when I was a child and could even remember what was coming on some of the pages!
This is a lovely illustrated book with a mother dog looking for her puppy (Spot) who's hiding. On each page there is a flap to lift up to look for Spot (in the wardrobe / under the bed etc) and an animal hiding there, until at the end where you find Spot.
My son has always loved looking at this book and I was really impressed when at only a few months old he was trying to lift the flaps up on his own. This is a small board book so is a good size for him to sit and look at on his own but he does get a bit enthusiastic with the flaps and as they are thinner card they've got a bit ragged.
This was the very first book I got for my (then) unborn baby towards the end of my pregnancy when I had all of the practical things and was looking for little nice extras. I came across it in a garden centre of all places, in a section of children's books and was amazed that the Spot books I had loved as a child were still being printed! I was with my parents and my mum insisted that she was sure she actually still had my copy of the book, whereas my dad was keen to buy his grandson's first boom so he wanted to buy it anyway. It cost £4.99 which is the printed RRP on the book so you may be able to pick it up for less in other shops. However I visit lots of bookshops as we have a rapidly growing book collection and I have not seen it stocked anywhere else so perhaps it is not too widely available.
I have a terrible memoryand cannot remember much from my early childhood yet of all the things to remember (including trips to Florida, zoos, all sorts) I remeber Where's Spot and none of the fantastic experiences I had on holidays or day-to-day. Therefore how could I not want to share this book with my son?
It is exactly the same book that was printed in the 1980s, which I know because my mum did find my copy and they are identical. It is written by Eric Hill and the ISBN is 978-0-72324-967-2. It was first printed in 1980.
It is a board book aimed at young children and it is bright with lots of primary colours used in the illustrations. The covers are bright blue and the inside pages are white with large black writing.
The story follows Spot the dog's mum Sally as she tries to find him for dinner. Each page has a flap which children can lift up to try to find Spot in all different areas of the house, such as in a grandfather clock or a grand piano. We meet lots of other characters in the various hiding places too (and they are all different animals) which would be great for getting children involved in naming the animals.
There is not much reading in this book so it would be no good as a bedtime story, as it is far more about interaction with your child than telling them a story. We read it during the day or after bath time.
Although it is stimulating for babies because of the colours, and robust as the pages are thick cardboard, the problem I have found is that the flaps underneath which the animals are hiding are very thin and so are easily ripped. This was fine when my son just enjoyed looking at the bright colours on each page, but now he is into everything but not old enough to understand his actions, we have had to put the book away, as he would rip the cardboard flaps in a flash otherwise.
I am sure when he is a little bit older he will adore this story, as it is perfect for an interactive story time with a pre-school child. It comes highly recommended!
Where's Spot is one of the books written by Eric Hill and featuring the character that he created back in 1980: Spot the puppy. This particular book was a favourite of mine when I was younger, as it features Spot as well some of his friends. Hill's creation has been a favourite for children and adults alike as it provides entertainment and interaction at the same time as being educational as well.
This story sees Spot's mum, Sally, looking for him because his dinner is ready, so she goes around the house looking for him. She checks all the likely places, but finds his friends there instead, until finally she finds him in the basket, and tells him his dinner's ready.
What is good about this story for the children is that it is a guessing game, much like the other Spot books. Each page has a flap which is concealing the area of the house that Sally is looking for Spot in. It is nice to let the child pull the flap back to see whether Spot is in there or not. From an educational stance, kids get to learn placement words, such as inside and under, and learn how to use them. This is helped by the appearance of Spot's friends, the crocodile, monkey and hippo, etc, who are where Sally is looking until the end, when she finds Spot.
Where's Spot? is a very good book. The illustrations are soft and very appealing for kids. I must admit that now my 4 year old is a bit older than when we first got the book, he has lost a little interest in it somewhat, although every now and then he'll ask for it to be read to him at bedtime.
Where's Spot? is available from amazon.co.uk from £2.02, although it usually retails at a lot more. It is available in paperback, hardback and board book. Just a final word of warning: the flaps aren't extremely secure so as to withstand a child attempting to rip them out, so if this does happen, don't be surprised. It's too tempting for them!! Recommended - it's a lovely book