Item description for Spot Goes to the Beach (color) by Eric Hill...
Overview This bestselling Spot lift-the-flap book highlighting Spot's adventure by the seashore returns with a new cover design. Full color.
Publishers Description The bestselling puppy is better than ever. Spot's 25th birthday presents are bold, beautiful color covers that give him a great new look. Enjoy Spot in paperback with full-color covers and traditional Lift-the-Flap features. Have more fun with Spot
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 8" Height: 8" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date May 12, 2003
Grade Level Pre School
ISBN 0142501220 ISBN13 9780142501221 UPC 051488006992
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.
Eric Hill was born in 1927 and died in 2014.
Eric Hill has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Spot Goes to the Beach (color)?
Tone and dialogue NOT typical of most Spot books Jan 18, 2008
We're long-time Spot fans in our family of 3 children (2-12); so, I was surprised by the negative tone of the story line and some accompanying illustrations in this one. An angry hippo scowls and grumps at Spot twice (for accidently bumping into her in the water when walking backwards and for mistakenly taking her towel instead of his at the end). With these innocent mistakes, I'd have expected something more along the lines of "Whoa--careful!" and/or oops--sorry! instead of the harsh/grabby reactions. The hippo looks a lot like an older Helen or Helen's Mom, making it even more uncharacteristic. If I'd have browsed this in a bookstore, I would not have purchased it. Although the paperback flap book is 2003 release, I see now it was originally published in 1985..so maybe that's why. [Still a Spot/Eric Hill fan...but not one of this book and will more carefully screen others before buying.]
Spot and James Jul 29, 2007
James loves this book. When he comes, with Mummy and Daddy, to the UK in 12 days time, we shall be going to the beach and it will mean so much more. We are all looking forward to it very much. I shall be able to read "Spot goes to the beach" to James when he goes to bed.
The Spots series are wonderful for little ones! Feb 15, 2007
If your little one loves lifting the flaps like mine does, then this is for you! The flaps are pretty sturdy and conceal little treasures for your infant/toddler to lift. The squeals that greet each opened flap makes these lift the flap books a worthy splurge!
An Okay Spot Book - a review of "Spot Goes to the Beach" Feb 14, 2007
My son has found a sudden passion for Spot, so when he saw this book at the Library we checked it out. As usual the artwork is cute, but I have to say that I probably wouldn't buy it. The principle problem is the flimsy flaps. They are just not the sort that last, even with older children. Another problem is that what is under the flaps is not all that interesting. The sole exception being the one where Sam (Spot's dad) is buried under the sand. My son thought that was funny.
Finally, I'm just a little bit bothered by the fact that Mr. Hill has Spot and his father out in a boat without life jackets. In fact, he has Spot falling overboard. Spot's father, Sam, saves him of course, but he does it with a duckie-themed innertube. [And yes, maybe I'm a little uptight when it comes to safety issues. Can't help it.]
Three Stars. The pages themselves seem sturdy but the flaps are the flimsy sort. What's under the flaps is not all that interesting either Not a horrible book; just not as good as some of the other Spot books.
Favorite book for beginner readers Jul 28, 2006
This is a great book for little children. The text is simple and the flaps provide answers to questions in the story. The board book format is easy for children to use without the worry of ripped pages. The size is appropriate for pudgy little hands.