Spot the Dot

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Pop-up master and bestselling children's author David A. Carter adapts his creative app game into an engaging novelty book that plays with COLORS in a fun, hands-on way!

With eye-popping, interactive search-and-finds throughout, toddlers and preschoolers will love this colorful adventure as they SPOT THE DOT hidden in lift-the-flaps, turn-wheels, pull-tabs, and a giant pop-up that leaps off the page! The bright, graphic illustrations and vibrant colors are sure to keep kids on ...

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Overview


Pop-up master and bestselling children's author David A. Carter adapts his creative app game into an engaging novelty book that plays with COLORS in a fun, hands-on way!

With eye-popping, interactive search-and-finds throughout, toddlers and preschoolers will love this colorful adventure as they SPOT THE DOT hidden in lift-the-flaps, turn-wheels, pull-tabs, and a giant pop-up that leaps off the page! The bright, graphic illustrations and vibrant colors are sure to keep kids on the hunt as they turn the pages, lift the flaps, pull the tabs, and discover a world of colors--dot-by-dot.

The Spot the Dot app is the winner of:
Editor's Choice, CHILDREN'S TECHNOLOGY REVIEW - 4.8/5 stars
School Library Journal Top 10 Apps for 2011
Parents' Choice Silver Award
Mom's Choice Awards' Gold Award
2011 Cybils Award Nominee

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith
Don't let anti-app sentiment put you off; this book is a deviously clever piece of paper craft, perfectly suited to its medium.
Publishers Weekly
09/02/2013
Carter’s One Red Dot invited readers to find a red dot on each spread. This small-format pop-up book does the same, expanding the game to include dots of different colors and making use of wheels, tabs, flaps, and more. On the “Spot the yellow dot” page, 35 dots appear against a purple backdrop; pulling a tab changes the colors of certain dots and reveals one yellow one. The challenges grow increasingly complex as the book unfolds, and the dot-filled pop-up finale will trigger grins when children figure out where the white dot is hiding in plain sight. A simple but entirely engaging introduction to colors and tactile exploration. Ages 3–5. (Sept.)
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Praise for SPOT THE DOT (app):

"Clean of look, seamless in design: a delight even for the diapered crowd."--STARRED, KIRKUS

"The app's bold palette and intuitive play will appeal to youngsters who are learning colors and shapes while the hide-and-seek puzzles are intriguing enough to engage older children." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Children's Literature - Lorraine Donohue Bonzelet
In the pages of this book, readers are invited to find colored dots amongst a variety of obstacles: pull-tabs, flaps, wheels, and a wild pop-up finale. The left side of each page instructs the child on what color to find. The right side of the page contains obstacles for the child to maneuver through in order to find the dot. Cleverly, the background color of the instruction page is the color to find. “Spot the yellow dot” is printed in black letters on a bright yellow backdrop. The pages are a combination of color bursts and graphic elements. Carter incorporates a variety of shapes in the book, including squares, triangles, stars, and hearts. The book provides opportunities for parents and caregivers to create additional learning experiences through counting, identifying shapes, and comparing sizes. For example, parents can ask: “How many hearts?” “Where are the stars?” “Are the dots small or large?” The final page is like a pop-up circus. The child is challenged to find the black dot on the crazy, circle-filled artwork. Amusingly, black dots are also contained in the “o” of “spot” and “dot.” Do not be fooled by the white dot; it is hiding in plain sight. Carter’s book entertains tactile learners while challenging their pincer grasp and engaging their brain. Reviewer: Lorraine Donohue Bonzelet AGERANGE: Ages 3 to 5.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-25
This abridged paper version of an outstanding iPad app sticks to the same basic design but offers a different set of visual challenges. An instruction on the left side of each spread invites children to spot a differently colored dot--either hidden beneath flaps or concealed within groups of dots or other shapes that change with the pull of a tab or turn of a wheel--on the right. "Spot the blue dot," the text instructs, opposite an orange page on which dots or fractions of dots are spilled. The blue dot is only three-quarters full; spinning the wheel allows readers to "complete" the dot as well as change the colors of other dots or dot-wedges on the page. The paper engineering is not only different on each spread, but the patterns of color and shape become ever more complex to make spotting each successive dot trickier: The game of hide-and-seek is capped by a final explosion of hundreds of dots for "black" and "white." Though this lacks the original's audio narration and fanfares (and also features only eight colors rather than 10), as the movable art is new rather than just reproductions in paper of the digital animations, it has rewards of its own for diapered digerati. The app is still better (not to mention cheaper), but with Carter, even spinoffs are first-rate. (Pop-up/picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545500098
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 314,679
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


David A. Carter is the creator of the bestselling SPOT THE DOT app, as well as many other books for children. He lives in Auburn, California, with his wife and two daughters.
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