Where's Spot? (Picture Puffin - Lift-the-flap book)
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Where's Spot? (Spot the Dog)

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Paperback. Pub Date :2010-08-05 Pages: 24 Language: English Publisher: Puffin This bigger. brighter paperback edition of Eric Hills iconic first lift-the-flap book celebrates 30 years since first publication in hardback. The simple text and colourful pictures will engage a whole new generation of pre-readers as they lift the picture flaps in search of Spot. A number 1 best...more
Paperback, 24 pages
Published October 27th 1983 by Puffin Books, Harmondsworth U.K. (first published 1980)
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Before I'd read Ulysses, I must admit I was sceptical about claims that every novel written since can do little more than recapitulate it in one form or another. But now my eyes have been opened: at a glance, it is obvious that Where's Spot? is in essence no more than an abbreviated, non-sexist, non-speciesist version, retold in a manner suitable for three year olds who like lift-the-flap books.

Penelope (Spot's mother) has evicted Ulysses (Spot's father) from Ithaca. Traumatized, Telemachus (Spo...more
Hassan Ali
Book review 6 - Where’s Spot? - Eric Hill

This is another great ‘lift-the-flap’ book and one, which I recommend all adults to read to their children or buy the book for their children to read. The book is about a mother dog searching for her lost puppy (Spot) and as she roams around the house she finds eight other animals before she finds Spot. This creates opportunity for children to mimic animal sounds. This book is simple to read and the text is large and clear. Each page contains a picture of...more
Anquan Le
Mar 30, 2010 Anquan Le rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers.
Recommended to Anquan by: No one.
Words cannot describe the inspiration one can attain from this masterpiece. This is a must read for any human being.
Oct 11, 2008 Lara's rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents & children 1 to 5 years old.
Shelves: board-books
Synopsis : A classic tale of a mother dog searching for her own lost puppy, finding eight other animals hiding around the house before finding her own. Fun, interactive flaps conceal the animals.
Review : What can I say? I love flap, flip, "reveal the hidden surprise" books and this one is no exception. Although I would be hesitant to recommend this book to any tiny child without some adult supervision as the flaps aren't sturdy enough to take aggressive flipping. The story leads the readers on a...more
Scott Rhee
Eric Hill's "Where's Spot?" is, not to put too fine a point on it, weird.

If I was a toddler (the book's target demographic), I probably wouldn't have a problem with it. It's basically a dog named Sally looking for her pup, Spot. As it is, I don't think it's really all that terrific in the way of plot. There's very little character development and nothing in the way of conflict, really, because we never get the sense of horror or dread from Sally that we may never actually find Spot. Finding Spot...more
Mark Rasem
'Where's Spot'? central character Spot is the well-known, friendly puppy with instantly recognisable yellow fur with brown spots.
In this particular book in the series of books featuring Spot, his mother Sally searchs the house trying to find him. The story follows Sally looking all over the house in various places in search of Spot. In each different scene, a question appears asking whether Spot will appear e.g. 'behind the door? No!'.
The object/s that could potentially reveal Spot appear as a...more
Tahmin Nessa
Eric Hill’s “Where’s Spot?” is a classic story of a mother dog searching for her lost puppy. Spot’s mum searches for Spot all across finding various other animals before finding spot in a basket.

I personally had used this book as stimulus within the EYFS curriculum as it allows children to begin and develop their understanding of propositional language, for example is he behind the door? Is he under the table and so on. Furthermore, many children enjoy this book very much as it is an interactiv...more
Mamoon Razaq
A really charming tale for children about.

Dinner is ready and Spot's mother is looking for him around the house. There are mystery flaps throughout the book which you flip and they tell you that Spot is not there with a guess.

Spot's searches for him through the house but where will she find spot.

A book that children will love as they will be looking for flaps all over the pages and at the same time they will be learning about things in the house.

The book has great colourful pages and the fla...more
Little John
This is a lift-the-flap book. The flaps were pretty sturdy, but it didn't take too much effort for him to tear them off. He still loves the book, though! (We just cover the part of the pages that are missing flaps with our hands now.) This book has great interaction. On each page, LittleJohn answers the question "Is he [here]?" with "No!" and then tells us what animal is there under the flap. He really enjoys this book, and likes saying the animal names in funny voices like his Daddy.
Apr 12, 2012 Nancy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: two year olds
Shelves: childrens-books
My grandchildren have LOVED this book. Young preschoolers enjoy the interaction that goes along with the story plus opening the flaps. It is definitely a book to read with a child as they tend to be a bit hard on the flaps without adult supervision. It is fairly easy to make up your own words to vary the adult reading experience so you can stand to read it one more time.
Where’s Spot

Where’s Spot is a really good book to get the children to recognise repeated phrases. Another good thing about the book is the use of positional language. In mathematics you could count and match the items to the correct numerals. You could also play a matching game, where you could have spot in different positions and the children have to match the cut-out pictures of spot with the same pictures on the board. The creative side to this book is that the children could use clay to mod...more
Jeff Szpirglas
"Where's Spot?" is the title. A better question might be, "why are such random and dangerous animals living in this house?" Seriously. This pet owner has a bear, a lion, a crocodile, not to mention a trunkful of penguins. Spot the little puppy hasn't eaten his food, but who cares? The more pressing issue is what's on the menu for some of the carnivores here. The human owner not present in the book (and let's be honest, his or her absence is eerily suspicious) might think twice about bringing a d...more
Jan 01, 2014 David rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children
This was the book of my childhood, finding Spot became a pastime for me. It was a sport, it was a drug, it was my ecstasy. Every time I turned a page I got my fix because I found Spot every single damn time. I would recommend this to any child between the ages of 2 - 8.
D. Pow
This is Brendan's favorite book. Brendan is 18 months old. He knows where spot is not hiding. When you ask him 'Is spot under the rug?' he shakes his head and says 'Nooo...'. Cute as hell. On one Panel a Blue Gorilla hides in a piano. Weird, but cool.
Shajeda Begum
This book is about a dog Spot who is hiding from his mother. The mother looks for Spot everywhere but fails to find him. She looks under the bed, in the closet, under the rug and even she even looks for him inside the piano! However she does manage to find him in the end under inside a basket. The book is illustrated well and is extremely engaging because there are flaps for the reader to find Spot. Therefore the reader is also searching for Spot with his mother. This book is aimed at Early Year...more
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
That spot always up to something
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Where's Spot? by Eric Hill is the classic lift the flap book that started the Spot franchise. The interactive component and the simple questions make this a surefire hit for most children as they help Spot's mother search for Spot at dinnertime.

The text is simple, consisting mainly of questions, such as: Is he in the closet? Most of the responses are "No!" - which is a word most children are very good at repeating and saying with meaning! Words for furniture, animals, and prepositions such as be...more
Where's Spot? is a fun book for children ages four and under; with its fold-out flaps and hidden surprises there's much to explore. I remember Spot and his mother, Sally, fondly from when I was a kid, back before they had their own show on PBS. I picked this book up for my godson's birthday and re-read it when I got home. In the book, Sally searches their home looking for Spot. Each page includes a fold-out flap to allow children to peek inside closets and under the bed, along with Sally. Even f...more
Sophia Kanoon
Grade/interest level: Early Childhood/Preschool
Reading level: Not available but I believe that is a Guided Reading Level A/B
Genre: Picture Book

Main Characters: Spot the dog and his mother Sally
Setting: At Spot’s home around dinnertime
POV: Story told through his mother Sally’s viewpoint

Summary: Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill is an early childhood classic flip book. Not only will little one’s be intrigued by the pictures and the large bold print, but they can actively participate in finding spot. Spo...more
Danielle S-j
Where’s Spot, is a well-known lift the flap picture book which is a great read for young children especially in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The book is about a mother dog who looks for her puppy because he hasn’t eaten his supper. She looks in a range of places such as; behind the door, inside the clock and in the piano, but each time she is faced with different animals such as a bear, a snake and hippo who tell her that spot is not there. After a little while of searching, for her puppy,...more
I simply chose to read this book because it was part of the list of books I could choose for this weeks goodreads assignment. I believe that I read this book maybe once or twice when I was a little girl. It is about a dog looking for a puppy named, Spot. The dog looked for Spot in many different spots included in the piano, under the staircase, and in the clock. The dog finally found Spot inside of a picnic basket and then told him that it was time to eat dinner. I never understood what the poin...more
Suhel Uddin
Where’s Spot?
Eric Hill

This book is a classic when it comes to children’s literature. It has been read for many generations and is still continued to be read.
The book revolves around Spot’s mother looking for Spot at dinnertime. The search for Spot takes young readers around the house as they look under, in and behind various objects in Spot’s house. The book has a flap lifting feature which keeps the reader engaged. The colours are wonderful as they really give justice to the animation and the t...more
Peut-être un peu moins connu en France, la série Spot est une référence outre-Manche. Il a contribué à populariser le système des livres à volets connu dans son pays d'origine sous le nom très parlant de lift-the-flap books. Il faut dire que le principe est diablement efficace et plaît beaucoup aux enfants qui se régalent de soulever les volets pour découvrir ce qui se cache derrière.
Dans ce livre, la maman de Spot le cherche car il n'a pas touché à son repas, sa gamelle est pleine — rassurez-vo...more

Where's Spot is written by Eric Hill and was first published in 1980. It is a fantastic lift-the-flap book aimed for children in Early Years Foundation Stage. It is about a mother dog in search of her puppy, Spot the Dog, to eat his supper. She looks everywhere to find Spot in places such as in the piano, under the stairs and etc. Every time she looks in one place, she encounters with a different animal such as a snake, a lion, a hippo and many more. Eventually, she is given a clue to look in th...more
Original review Feb 2010: A story of an animal looking for another animal, in this case a dog looking for her puppy. What was cool about this book was the shaped flaps that reveal what is hiding each place. The animals in the house were unexpected. I whispered in Natalie's era at some point, "What kind of crazy house do these people live in?" I think young kids would find this silly and fun. A story time book; she read to us a large version.

Add-on Aug 2010: We took out three other Spot books fro...more
This is a book I am very familiar with. It was published when I was 6, but I think it was more from my younger sister liking it that I read it as a kid. I remember reading it and feeling too old for it, but thinking it was a fun idea to have flaps to lift to look for Spot, despite the lack of interesting story. I always liked an engaging story as a kid, rather than repetitive phrases and actions. But my sister loved Where's Spot , and in general I can see its appeal to very young kids. Spot is a...more
Jack Kirby and the X-man
I recall Spot fondly from my old childhood.

This is the first lift-the-flap book X-man has shown an interest in - he was very keen to look under those flaps to see what was going on under there! That being said I need to be carefully monitoring because the flaps are pretty flimsy, and I wouldn't want to destroy a library book! That being said I my need to invest in this classic lift-the-flap book.

The library has the 25th anniversary edition - which has a pretty fantastic silver cover. X-man is, a...more
This book was always one of my favorites when I was younger. It is about a mother dog looking for her baby dog Spot, because he has not eaten his dinner. Spot took it upon himself to hide from his mom so he sent her on a search. She searches in many different places including behind doors and clocks. In the end thankfully the mother finds Spot and they are enjoying there game of hide and seek. This book is a great tool for smaller children just learning about books. The book is very hands on and...more
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Eric Gordon Hill OBE was a popular author and illustrator of children's picture books, best known for his character Spot the Dog. His works have been widely praised for their contributions to child literacy. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.
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