Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “What Spot?” as Want to Read:
What Spot?
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

What Spot?

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  39 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Book
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published 1963 by HarperCollins Publishers
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about What Spot?, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about What Spot?

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
John Hedrick
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: read-in-print
This is one of my favorite children's picture books. It's the story of two friends (a walrus and a persnickety puffin) and a spot in the snow. A spot which is more than a spot. As fitting early reader books, the story is told simply, but this one uses several refrains which are a lot of fun to read. These refrains take on slightly different meanings as the story unfolds leading to a very funny and satisfying ending. My children and I still laugh every time we read it. Although the laughter may a ...more
Michael Fitzgerald
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: easy-readers
Too repetitive and weak payoff.
babyhippoface
I picked this one up at the library because it's a Crosby Bonsall creation, and I am a devoted Crosby Bonsall fan. I enjoyed the illustrations (especially of the pious puffin) and the dialogue between the animals. The repeated refrains make it good reading practice for beginners and the humor will keep them interested. Because it is a beginning reader, it might not make a snappy read-aloud, but classrooms studying polar animals may want to add this to the "To Read" list.
Siskiyou-Suzy
This is an okay story -- there's not really much of a moral here, I don't think. Walrus is curious, which is good. Puffin is in a deep sea of denial. I loved the pages where Walrus imagined what could be underground. When they eventually uncover the "thing," Puffin ends up endagered by it -- and I didn't really understand why all the other animals said, "It's nothing," when they saw him. Taste of his own medicine or something? But in the end, Walrus is a good friend.
Christine Turner
The adventure of a walrus, a puffin, and a cart.

Subject: Walrus -- Fiction.
Snow -- Fiction.
Puffin -- Fiction
Objects -- Fiction
Geographic Term:
Arctic regions -- Fiction

Note: Nice size font, and text. Uses repetitive words to encourage success. Longer -- adverages 3 or more sentences a page.
keatssycamore
May 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those vultures from The Jungle Book
Shelves: child-ya
A puffin may, or may not, have eye-problems.
Bryan
Feb 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens
Read this to my daughter. Completely pointless - an annoying book for adults. Stick to Dr Seuss if you want humor.
Norad
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent for very young children. I loved it as a child - I used to have my sister read it to me over and over and over again. It hasn't lost it's charm!
Dave
rated it it was amazing
Aug 17, 2012
Nynnie Whale
rated it it was amazing
Sep 09, 2010
Kaylie
rated it liked it
Aug 30, 2013
Fatima
rated it liked it
Sep 13, 2016
Eule
rated it really liked it
Oct 29, 2016
Wayne Horkan
rated it it was amazing
Nov 01, 2015
Jana
rated it it was amazing
May 04, 2015
Abbey
rated it really liked it
Jun 29, 2011
Heidi
rated it liked it
Sep 12, 2012
Wendy
rated it it was amazing
Aug 11, 2016
Fjóla
rated it really liked it
Sep 29, 2014
Felicia
rated it liked it
Jul 17, 2012
Mogepy
rated it liked it
Sep 08, 2012
Katie Fitzgerald
rated it it was ok
May 27, 2012
Cathy (MinionLover)
rated it it was amazing
Aug 22, 2012
Dave
rated it really liked it
Jan 09, 2011
Sylvia
rated it it was amazing
Jan 04, 2014
Cherie
rated it liked it
Mar 13, 2015
Lois Tromblay
rated it it was amazing
May 19, 2012
Allyson
rated it it was amazing
Oct 13, 2009
Lorinn
rated it it was amazing
Sep 18, 2014
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Although Crosby Newell Bonsall studied at New York University School of Architecture and the American School of Design, she is most known for her children's books. Some were published under the name Crosby Newell.

Her career as a children's author started as a doodle on her drawing board. Later, a doll manufacturer purchased the rights to her orange-haired, freckle-faced rag doll who later became
...more
More about Crosby Bonsall...

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »