Eric Hill, the author and illustrator of a beloved series of children’s books featuring Spot the Dog, has died. He was 86.
Born on September 7th, 1927 in London, Hill began his career as a teenager, working as an errand boy for an illustration studio while drawing comics in his spare time. By 1976, he invented the character Spot the Dog for his son, Christopher. In 1980, the first Spot book — Where’s Spot? — was published. The book included a lift-the-flap concept, which Hill modeled after a flyer he worked on as a freelance advertising designer.
Spot topped bestseller lists within weeks, and Hill followed up his initial success with Spot’s Birthday Party, Spot Goes to the Farm, and Spot Loves His Friends. Altogether, the books have sold over 60 million copies around the world and have been translated into 60 languages. Various animated television series based on the book’s characters were launched between 1986 and 2000. READ FULL STORY