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Where's Spot? (Little Spot Board Books) Board book – June 30, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 3 years
  • Series: Little Spot Board Books
  • Board book: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (June 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399240462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399240461
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eric Hill was born in North London and lived there for many years. He started his artistic career as an art studio messenger and from there went on to become a cartoonist and eventually an art director at a leading advertising agency. In 1978 Eric made up a story about a small puppy to read to his son at bedtime and Spot was born. The success of his first bestselling lift-the-flap classic 'Where's Spot?' in 1980 convinced him to become a full-time author. Eric currently resides in France. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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

My 1.5 year old son loves this book.
Karen Anderson
Board books have sturdy pages that stand up well to toddlers who all have an instinctive need to tear book pages.
Edward Yang
I've bought copies for my friends' babies, and we now have copies at each of the grandparents' houses as well!
maria1971

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By mommy in pa on October 8, 2004
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
"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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Multiple Mom on March 29, 2005
Format: Board book
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By maria1971 on January 13, 2005
Format: Board book
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scott C. Lee on January 2, 2004
Format: Board book
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By *R*L* on March 7, 2006
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My 10-month-old really loves this book. He loves to turn the pages and open the flaps. After I read the book to him, he goes back through each page on his own, studying the pictures and trying to make the animal sounds (that I make when I read the book to him). He seems absolutely captivated by the story and pictures, and it is a joy to watch him with this book.

I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to inspire their child to have more interest in and excitement about books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca J. Lamperski on February 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you don't have a child - you couldn't possibly understand the magic of this book.

If you read this book to your 15-18 month old - they will start saying "no" along with every page and they will love to lift up the flaps.

People who don't have children shouldn't try to review children's books (can you tell I was annoyed by a couple of the other reviews?!). It's the EXPERIENCE of reading the book with a child that shows you the power of the book - not the book itself.

This one is a gem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nelly on August 22, 2006
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My son learned how to say no by reading this book. You are looking for Sally's puppy Spot in this book. There are flaps to open and different animals to discover behind each flap. The book takes you through different parts of the house asking "Is Spot in here". You open the flap and say "No". It's so cute! Definitely a good book for your child.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martha Cassab on April 25, 2011
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
I carefully read other parent's reviews regarding "Where's Spot?" before purchasing for my 18 month old girl and was happy and convinced that she would love it, for it clearly stated that the sturdy flaps were perfect for toddler hands.....Unfortunately, no.

My daughter recceived the book and plush figure and was happily "reading" her book when I noticed that the falps she had to lift to find Spot, wer very thin cardboard and she wrinkled them and made marks on them every time she lifted them. When se reached the final flap and found Spot, she was so happy she tore the flap and looked very surprised not at Spot but at me as she handed me the piece !! I have now glued the flap two times and two more she has un-glued it, so now Spot doesn't hide anymore on the last page and the flap is under keepsake inside a bedside drawer.....A bit sad for my girl loved books and is very fond of Spot.
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