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Where's Spot? Hardcover – October 17, 1980


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 5 years
  • Series: Spot
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Warne; Ina Ltf No edition (October 17, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399207589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399207587
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1 The original ``Spot'' book is now offered with a Signed English translation. The text and illustrations are identical to the original, with the addition of line drawings showing the American Signed English hand move ments. Signing is simply and accurately illustrated. It is easy to distinguish the placement of the hands in each sign. Dotted lines show the beginning place ment of the hands, arrows point the di rection to follow, and a solid black line indicates the final position of the hands. These drawings are placed close enough to relate each sign to the appro priate word but do not distract from the story or other illustrations. The simple story and the hide-and-seek game as pect of this book make it ideal for sign language translation, as it allows chil dren to become involved in the signing. All children will be able to learn how to sign the story. Susan Nemeth McCar thy, Arlington County Pub . Lib . , Va.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Original Spot stories by Eric Hill. 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. --This text refers to the Toy edition.

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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.

Customer Reviews

All Spot books are great fun for little children.
Barbara S Clutter
I started reading Where's Spot to my daughter when she was just a few months old.
Dawn Gregory
This is a very cute lift the flap book where you have to find Spot.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cristi Broach Hendry on November 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I didn't realize this was miniature edition. It is too smalland the flaps are too flimsy. ... I still would like a largeredition.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Our 1-1/2 yr. old son laughs in delight as each flap is opened. We shout the words together as he identifies each hidden animal. It amazed us the first night when he wanted to read the book again and again. Where's Spot has turned into a sharing and learning experience between us and our child.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for preschoolers. My son, who's 3, loves lifting the flaps and knows most of the books by heart. The bright colors and simple language keep younger children interested to the very end. I highly recommend this and all of Eric Hill's other Spot books!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RM on July 20, 2003
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book, and not just for very little children. As a reading specialist in an elementary school, I have found that children in all the primary grades love to search for Spot with his mother. Children have the fun of lifting the various doors, lids, etc. trying to find Spot, while parents can encourage prediction of just where the little guy will be found. I have seen children request this and other books in the series over and over again. I'm buying it for my first grandchild - high praise from me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My two-month-old daughter got this book for Christmas. I thought she was too young for it. Boy, was I wrong! It is her absolute favorite!! Now at nine months old, she is lifting all the flaps and turning the pages. She gets so excited when I open this book. I cannot recommend it enough. The pictures are bright, the words repetitious, and the flaps sturdy -- a perfect combination for babies and toddlers! From now on, this is the book I am going to buy whenever I need to buy a baby or toddler gift. No one will be disappointed with Where's Spot!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I'm on my second copy of this book, having worn out the first. I use it in speech therapy with language delayed children. It teaches turn taking, naming, prepositions and sentence structure. I add my own words. "Is he behind the door?", "... under the bed?", etc. and the children love it. They all request "Pot". They just can't say the "s".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "cammietysver" on June 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My 2 year old loves Spot, but this book is very small compared to the other Spot books he has. He likes the big books a lot better, but the small one is great for keeping stashed in the diaper bag, and for car seat or stroller entertainment. We keep ours permanently stashed there since my son won't play with this book at all when there are bigger Spot books around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2002
Format: Board book
Where's the Book!!?? My eight month old daughter can't get enough of Where's Spot? We usually don't go more than a few hours before she "looks for the book" so we can read it AGAIN. Therefore, where IS the book is my husband's and my common question. The colors are bright, fun and great! The book makes her interact so she wants to turn the pages. Spot, the puppy, is "missing" and the child must lift up portions of the page to see if Spot is under there. It is a delightful book!
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