This is the first lift-the-flap book X-man has shown an interest in - he was very keen to look under thoseI 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, as always, enjoying looking at his own reflection.
The illustrations of Spot have reminded me of the other great illustrated dog from my childhood - Clifford the Big Red Dog.
I think the key difference between this book and the many that followed in the Spot series is that what is under each flap is a reasonably unpredictable....more
X-man is still a little young to understand the idea of the lift-the-flap concept.
The forest in question is definitely a British (or at least EuropeanX-man is still a little young to understand the idea of the lift-the-flap concept.
The forest in question is definitely a British (or at least European) forest. We certainly don't get squirrels, deer, hedgehogs, or bears in the Australian bush - and only get foxes and rabbits because they were introduced! I suppose it will prepare him for "Wind in the Willows"!...more
**spoiler alert** A fun story about the characteristics Dad's bring to the father-child relationship. Each animal's dad brings something positive to t**spoiler alert** A fun story about the characteristics Dad's bring to the father-child relationship. Each animal's dad brings something positive to the relationship, which is revealed under the flap. Afterwards you think about which animal's characteristics you would like to emulate in your parenting - in conclusion I think a little of all the characteristics would be good.
There is a nice rhyme and rhythm to the story - with the lift the flap a supprise as to what characteristic each animal has.
I have to say with child-induced sleep deprivation I'm jealous of the lion who can sleep all day!...more
I borrowed the board book format from the library. While the pages may be more solid than the normal book, the flaAnother in the series of Spot books.
I borrowed the board book format from the library. While the pages may be more solid than the normal book, the flaps are the same flimsy construction. This meant that 3 out of the 10 flaps were missing – which does somewhat affect the plot (such that it is). X-man is now of an age that the flaps hold much interest – he spends his time lifting and closing the flap. The flimsy construction means that reading this book goes from being fun for all involved to a stressful experience for the parent as you desperately hope you don’t need to return another library book with a ripped flap!
Like the original Where’s Spot the plot is paper thin. Spot wants to surprise his Dad, Sam, with a birthday cake with some assistance from his Mum, Sally. The original was fantastic because each flap contained something unexpected – this book only maintained mediocrity because what is under the flap can generally be predicted with considerable accuracy. ...more
The book has a fantastic premise - the relationship between an father spending a winter in Antarctica and his child. Unfortunately Hazel Edwards doesn't really build a suspenseful plotline around the premise. Mem Fox states that for a 'story' picture book to work there needs to be a calamity - trouble on a grand scale. Hazel just doesn't create this calamity. Yes the father isn't physically there, but he does email daily, still checks the nameless protagonist's homework and is still very much part of the life of the family. Sure seperation is hard, and email is not the same, so it is 'trouble', but doesn't make it to 'trouble on a grand scale'. The story is really just a sequence 'day-in-the-life' vignettes without any attempt to build the story to a climax.
Probably not a great story for a general audience - but I suspect could be really close to the heart of a child with an absent parent. ...more
This book isn't spectacular, essentially just more of the same after Where's Spot?... The premise of this book is that Spot is looking for baby animalThis book isn't spectacular, essentially just more of the same after Where's Spot?... The premise of this book is that Spot is looking for baby animals. I won't give too much away, but he doesn't find as many as I thought he would.
While not being spectacular the "lift-the-flap" books are a hit at the moment with X-man - he just loves having the control on the flap - open, closed, open, closed, open, closed, ad infinitum......more
The simple illustrations, the repetitive text and above all the Flaps to lift!
Obviously heavily inspired by Eric Hill's Where's Spot? - published two years prior to this work. The clear and simple illustrations on a plain background, the short and to-the-point text and the lift-the-flap novelty are all shared.
I never knew Dr. Seuss got into the lift-the-flap novelty that swept the world after Where's Spot? became popular.
Anyway any lift-the-flap books areI never knew Dr. Seuss got into the lift-the-flap novelty that swept the world after Where's Spot? became popular.
Anyway any lift-the-flap books are a hit in our house at the moment. As usual the flaps on this board book are not up for the challenge of a toddler - and this library book has the inevitable missing flap.
The vast majority of lift-the-flap books are derivative and are over-reliant on the novelty of lifting the flap. Rising above the mass of mediocrity are a few stand outs - e.g. Where's Spot? and Dear Zoo A Lift-the-Flap Book). Dr Seuss does not reach these lofty heights. His famous rhymes are disrupted by the requirement to lift-the-flap, and what the animals are doing behind the flaps is hardly "Amazing"....more
A fantastically interactive story for young children. You'll love almost as much as your child playing along with Moonpie, Tiny and Andre.
The sturdineA fantastically interactive story for young children. You'll love almost as much as your child playing along with Moonpie, Tiny and Andre.
The sturdiness of the construction, like so many other books, leaves a little to be desired - the warning on the back of the book that it is not suitable for those under 3 if followed would significantly reduce the audience for this book.