Spot turns 30 (that’s 210 in dog years)

Spot's family

cover of Where's Spot by Eric Hill

He answers to Depill, Tassen, Bran, Otto, Smot, Pinuki, Bolinha, Dribbel and Koro-chan, but we know him best as Spot.

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of Where’s Spot by Eric Hill. With over fifty million books sold, translated into sixty different languages and available in more than one hundred countries, Spot is without doubt the world’s most loved puppy.

Author Eric Hill created Spot the dog after observing his son’s fascination with an advertising leaflet that he had designed. The leaflet had a flap that his son never tired of lifting and from there the idea of a ‘lift the flap’ book was borne. All fifty books in the Spot collection have minimal text. Instead, the story is driven by what is revealed under the flaps which in turn encourages interplay between the story teller and the child.

At first glance the illustrations in Spot books are simple and bold. But look a little more closely and you will see charming details – a grand piano instead of an upright, period chairs and tables with cabriole legs. Hill wanted to acknowledge that children often have far more intelligence and style than many adults credit them with. He wanted children to enjoy, through his illustrations, ideas which were just outside their experience yet were basic enough to be understood.

There’s a Spot story for every occasion. Celebrate Easter, Christmas and birthdays with Spot, welcome the arrival of a new baby, visit a farm, bake a cake, go to the beach or take a holiday – this playful puppy has done it all.

No preschooler’s library is complete without a Spot adventure. Spot books are available at most book retailers and Fishpond.

Spot's family

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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