Spot’s Busy Day

Spot the Dog is the Harry Potter of its genre: to date, 30 million Spot books by the children’s author Eric Hill have been sold worldwide. Now, the loveable scamp’s antics can be enjoyed on CD. Spot’s Busy Day is a collection of four stories, that include him helping to bake a cake and enjoying his first day at school. Each story is interactive: kids can clothe Spot for rainy weather, or pick ingredients for baking a cake. Because the title is pitched at three-to-six year-olds, I enlisted the help of my nephew, Kieran – a typical four-year-old. After helping me with this review, he went to a birthday party – where a combination of cakes and a bouncy castle had him chundering in a church hall. Pre-vomit though, he enjoyed Spot’s Busy Day. Spot’s Busy Day isn’t intuitive for toddlers, and not always for adults. A key feature is that kids can bypass story lines and head straight for the interactive stuff (presumably for when the stories are wearing thin). But, this wasn’t mentioned in the read-me file or on the CD itself. The bottom line is that, unlike books, children’s CD titles demand a degree of computer know-how. Kieran was fine with the spoken instructions, but there was an awful lot of interactivity that would have passed him by without my promptings. There are plenty of nice touches that young children will love. The highlight for Kieran was helping Spot and his pals join their piano-playing teacher by clicking on the instruments they were brandishing.

OUR VERDICT

As long as you plan to remain hunched over your child’s shoulder while Spot is in the CD caddy, you’ll get excellent value from your £20 outlay.

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