Item description for Spot Bakes a Cake (Little Spot Board Books) by Eric Hill...
Overview Spot and his mother bake a cake for his father's birthday.
Publishers Description Available in board for the first time, this popular lift-the-flap celebrates Spot's dad's birthday. Spot and Mom make a list, shop for the ingredients, mix them all up, bake and decorate the cake, not without some funny messes along the way. Lift-the-flap surprise throughout include a little gray mouse all too eager to help.
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Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 6" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Binding Board Books
Release Date Jun 30, 2003
Publisher Putnam Juvenile
ISBN 0399240136 ISBN13 9780399240133 UPC 048228007999
Availability 0 units.
More About Eric Hill
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.
After a spell in the airforce, Eric returned to the studio to work on his cartoons, which soon began to be published in national magazines and newspapers. He started a weekly strip for the London magazine Illustrated and did small story sketches for Lilliput. After a year, he left the studio and joined the art department of an advertising agency as a visualizer.
His next important step was an appointment with FHK Henrion at Erwin Wasey, a large advertising agency in Park Lane. Henrion was an internationally acclaimed graphic designer, under whose guidance Eric’s skills as a designer and art director developed. After a long stay at Wasey’s, he was hired as European Creative Director for a new American Agency.
His advertising career came to an abrupt end four weeks later with the folding of the agency. Eric relished the chance to work for himself. Freelancing as an art director, graphic designer and illustrator, he slowly returned to being an artist.
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!
“I am quite convinced now…that the actual training of drawing cartoons – which is, of course, my style – led to my producing Spot. Cartoons must be very simple and have as few words as possible and so too must the Spot books.”
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.
With Spot book sales reaching 50 million worldwide and his stories now translated into 60 languages, he really is a publishing phenomenon. Spot's first fans, who are now having families of their own, can enjoy Spot with their children, confirming his place as a modern classic.
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Spot Bakes a Cake (Little Spot Board Books)?
Dad's cake Oct 29, 2008
The Fun with Spot series is about the daily activities of a puppy with all the characteristics of a preschool child. In this entry, Spot and his mom set out to bake a birthday cake for his dad. From shopping for ingredients to mixing them together, from cleaning up to decorating, and finally to presenting the cake to his dad, Spot takes his readers through cooking process. Little pop up features conceal the illustrations on each set of pages, adding to the fun, and the satisfactions inherent in accomplishing and giving are unspoken but evident. Recommended for toddlers to early readers.
Cooking is fun and messy! Feb 2, 2002
Spot the Dog books are a favourite with my girls. They love the simple stories that they can relate to (hiding, baking a cake, playing with others etc) and the lift-the-flaps always bring screams of delight even though we've read them many many times. As they grow I'm sure they'll be one of the books they learn to read with. The words are simple and the font easy to read. Lovely books to cuddle up with your children on your lap. They are also big enough to hold up and read to them as they sit in back seat on car trips.
Chez Spot: A Birthday Surprise for Dad! Oct 20, 2000
Spot and his mom make a surprise birthday cake for daddy dog in this fun book. Kids love liftng the flaps and seeing what's underneath (mine liked the mouse who says "I need some cheese.")
After shopping for the ingredients and mixing them up back at home, Spot has great fun icing the cake with LOADS of chocolate--it gets all over the table as well. Festooned with multi-colored frosting and bones, the finished product is a delightful surprise for dad. You'll find this delightful as well! With 22 pages, 20 flaps, and big colorful pictures, this is a surefire hit for the toddler set!
First Graders LOVE to read the Spot Books! Nov 9, 1999
I am a first grader in Lockport, NY. My name is Joshua. I have read all of the Spot lift-the-flap books. My favorite book is Spot Bakes a Cake. I liked when Spot helped his Mom bake the cake for Dad. I hope Eric Hill writes 500 more Spot lift-the-flap books!