Eric Hill’s Spot the Dog resonates with babies


2014-05-05 10.08.01 copy“WHERE’S SPOT?” by Eric Hill, Putnam Juvenile, $12.99 (ages baby-preschool)

Four years ago, I was working as the in-house book critic for a newspaper. It was an awesome job — I got paid to read and interview authors! I also would occasionally receive corresponding merchandise. Such was the case with Eric Hill’s “Where’s Spot?” which was celebrating its 30th anniversary.

wheres_spot__fullFast forward four years and I now have a child of my own. Though she’s only just edging up on 3 months, my daughter has taken a liking to loveable Spot in both book and plush form.

In “Where’s Spot?” Sally is searching for Spot, and children can help her look for him by lifting the flaps to see where the puppy is hiding. Bright illustrations and interactive flaps make this classic a smart choice for babies up to preschool and beyond.

The corresponding plush dog brings this playful puppy to life. Beanbags in his feet give him structure but aren’t too heavy for newborns just figuring out their hands.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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