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Where's Spot? Board book – June 30, 2003

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"Spot is one of the essential experiences of childhood." -Parents Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Eric Hill (www.funwithspot.com) left school when he was 15 and took up cartooning while working as a messenger at an art studio. He created Where's Spot? as a bedtime story for his two-year old son. It was published four years later, and the rest is history. Eric Hill passed away in July 2014.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 3 years
  • Series: Spot
  • Board book: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Warne (June 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399240462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399240461
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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"Where's Spot" is one of the first books that my 8-month-old has let us read to him. It's short, has simple, colorful pictures, and has lots of animals and objects to name and talk about (and every page has a picture of a dog, which he loves). We return to it time and time again. Unlike other lift-the-flap books that we own, the flaps in this book are large and sturdy and relatively easy to grab, so that he is able to lift them himself and peek at the animals behind doors, under rugs, and in closets. I highly recommend this book as a first book to read with your baby. I now use it regularly as a baby shower gift for new moms.
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Simple illustrations for my sons are key and these definately are. The pictures are very coloring-book like in that there are no surperfluous additions in the background, the shapes are simple and the colors are true. If Sally, Spot's mom, is looking behind the door, there is Sally and the door. That's it. When Sally looks under the rug, the rug is yellow with blue fringe. There are no distracting patterns on the rug. The is no question that the yellow is yellow and the green is green.

Great for teaching many concepts ~ prepositions (under, in), animal names and colors.

I was leary about the book being a peek-a-boo book with my two sons. I was concerned that the peek-a-boos would tear. One did, but I glued it with scrapbooking glue and it has held up.

A definate must have for anyone.
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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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Format: Hardcover
My 2-year old son Connor received Where's Spot for Christmas (thanks, Aunt Judy!) and it was love at first sight. I didn't think anything would be able to knock One Naked Baby from atop his "most requested" list, but this charming little book did the trick.

The book focuses on mama dog Sally's search for her wayward pup Spot, who is late for supper. Each page finds Sally in a different part of the house, and contains a lift-up flap that hides a different animal. The text is kept to a minimum (usually it's just "Is he under the bed, etc.?" followed by "No"), but it has a rhythm that really drew my son's interest and had him eagerly turning pages in the hopes of eventually finding Spot. The illustrations add to the book's charm. There are plenty of bright colors and the animals are just irresistible. I'm a confirmed cynic, but even I can't help but grin when Sally and Spot finally settle down for their dinner. My son's enthusiastic "Good boy, Spot" only makes that smile wider.

As simple as the book may seem, it does include plenty of learning opportunities, from identifying the various animals and colors to the household items and shapes. The repeated use of the word "No" also provides a simple example of how letters are combined to make a word.

This fun little book gets my highest recommendation, and more importantly it get's Connor's "Again, again!" seal of approval. It's a great addition to any toddler's library, and would make a great baby shower gift as well.
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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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This is a book my 21-month old 'reads' (either with me or on his own) again and again, and he laughs the whole way through it every time!

He's memorized which animal is in each hiding place and can just about recite the entire book without lifting the flaps, and enjoys it even more when I make the animal sounds to go with the pictures!

I've bought copies for my friends' babies, and we now have copies at each of the grandparents' houses as well!
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My daughter loves "Where's Spot?" "Spot" was one of her first words and when she was able to walk saying "Where's Spot?" was a way to have her bring you the book. Apparently, there is something wonderful about Spot. Check it out.
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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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