Spot, the appealing puppy from several flap books, is back in two permibound picture books. The small size and cheerful simple illustrations are appealing, but Spot seems to be having an identity crisis. In earlier titles, Spot was all dog, walking on four legs, eating from dishes on the floor, and getting a bone for his birthday. He still eats bones and pulls the tablecloth with his teeth, but he also walks on two legs, eats grapes and peanut-butter sandwiches, drinks soda from a straw, writes with a pen, and apparently can read. He tells his mother, ""I think 1 might like to be a doctor when I grow up."" She beams approval, curled up on the rug next to the water dish labeled ""Spot."" In the hospital visit, Spot and friends crank up the hospital bed, frightening the patient, and play hide-and seek in the X-ray room. On the picnic, Spot's friends jump in a pond without testing to see how deep it is, fall from a tree, and fall into a stream. All of these activities have potential for unfunny consequences. All in all, Spot was a lot more appealing when he was a dog.