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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Spot
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Warne; Ltf edition (March 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780142405673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142405673
  • ASIN: 0142405671
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 7.9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 This new book about the adventures of Spot will be eagerly greeted by his fans. The clear, simple color illustrations of objects will be easily identified by toddlers, and the "lift-the-flap" sections are fully integrated with the text and illustrations. In this story, the engaging puppy chases his toy ball as it bounces into and through a circus tent. Youngsters will delight in lifting the cleverly disguised flaps each time Spot believes he has found his ballonly to discover that he has mistaken it for the clown's nose, the elephant's balloons, or the bareback rider's ball. He continues his search until he finds it balanced on the end of a seal's nose. The ending has a nice twist: the seal teaches Spot to balance the ball on the end of his own nose. Story hour participants as well as beginning readers will love to explore the big top with Spot. Louise M. Zuckerman, formerly at San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Spot is one of the essential experiences of childhood. -- Parents Magazine

More About the Author

Eric Hill is the creator of Spot, the world's favorite puppy', who appeared in his first story, Where's Spot? in 1980 and quickly became one of the best-loved pre-school characters of all time. Today Spot's adventures remain incredibly popular and are enjoyed the world over.
Eric was born on September 7, 1927 in London, and educated at Pooles Park Elementary and Tollington Park Central schools until the outbreak of World War II. At 16 he joined an art studio as a messenger, where he was encouraged to draw cartoons in his spare time. He particularly enjoyed drawing aircraft, and it was the markings of planes that later came to influence the design of Spot, reflected in the spots on his body and the tip of his tail.
In 1976 Eric's son Christopher was born; by the time he was two Eric was making up stories about the adventures of a small puppy to read to him at bedtime and Spot was born!
The design of the books was inspired by an advertising flyer Eric had devised involving a flap covering an amusing picture. When Eric showed this to Christopher he saw how responsive he was to the idea and incorporated it into his book. Although initially created just as a story to please his son, Where's Spot? was actually published as a children's book in 1980 and started a new publishing concept of interactive books for babies'. The innovative lift-the-flap concept, combined with the simple story and quirky, charming illustrations, helped Where's Spot? become an instant hit with young children and within weeks it was at the top of the UK best-seller list.
The playful puppy soon became hugely popular and a series of adventures followed, including the introduction of Spot's friends and family. Spot expanded from the original lift-the-flap books to interactive storybooks, sound books and audio books. There are currently eight series of Spot animation available on DVD and these have been broadcast and sold on video and DVD all over the world.
Spot's own website funwithspot.com was launched in 2000 to coincide with Spot's 20th anniversary. Incorporating fun and learning it has helped thousands of young children develop their on-line skills through interactive games and activities. The site receives 10 million hits and 70,000 unique visitors per month.
As well as his son Christopher, Eric also has a daughter, Jane, who works very closely with her father on many Spot projects. Eric remains involved in the development of all Spot projects at every stage. He and his wife Gillian divide their time between California and France with a varied collection of animals which provide continual inspiration for the Spot stories.
Eric was one of the 'literary ambassadors' invited to The Children's Party at the Palace to commemorate The Queen's 80th birthday at Buckingham Palace in June 2006. This highlight of Eric's career was followed with the award of an O.B.E. for services to children's literature in the 2008 New Year's Honors List.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1996
Format: Paperback
Captured here is the tormented journey of a young puppy (Spot) who proceeds from page-to-page in search of his misdirected ball. Without regard to his own personal safety, Spot chases the bouncing orb through cages occupied by lions and tigers; around a bear who, herself is balancing on a ball (and wearing a tu-tu); and across a high-wire act where two monkeys make an unsuccessful attempt to catch the errant ball. Ultimately, the ball is located in the cage of a seal who teaches Spot how the balance the orb on his nose, much to the delight of the puppy's mother. All ends happily, as Spot announces that he has made a new friend. While I personally found the tale somewhat predictable -- for example, I never feared for Spot's safety and figured that, ultimately, his ball would be recovered -- my three year old delighted in the apparent risk and adventure undertaken by the pup and, no matter how many times she reads the book always "oohs," and "aahs" with each new progression through the pages. While is isn't the Cat-in-the-Hat, Spot Goes to the Circus is good clean family fun
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Hockey on March 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
If your child likes Spot books I'm sure they'll enjoy this one.
Spot loses his ball and chases it all over the circus trying to catch it ... finally ended up being taught to balance it on his nose by a seal. A fun adventure your toddler will love!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1998
Format: Paperback
A great book. your child will be addicted to it and learn as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BusyWorkingMomInMO on January 18, 2012
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My 15 month old daughter LOVES the "Spot" books (with the flaps). The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because it's not available (at least when I ordered it) in the thick, board book! So, the book is flimsy and tears easily (we usually hold the book and turn the pages, so as to limit "tearing" opportunities). As she gets older, she knows not to tear the book anymore, so that will help the books last. We've had to reorder a few times but it's worth it...she gets so excited for these books every time we pick one up to read! And the best part is how she excitedly looks for the flap and gets such a sense of satisfation when she lifts the flap! I also like how it encourages kids to "think outside the box" since this book comes alive! We'll order and re-order these books until she doesn't like them anymore! I would recommend them to any parent!!!
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By Eric on May 15, 2014
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Actually got these for my nephew. Sent him them as a present because the author's name is the same as mine. He likes them and we all think it's funny to make jokes about this being my second job.
Does exactly what I wanted it to.
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