Monday, June 23, 2014

Eric Hill, 86, Dies; Created Spot, a Pup Beloved by Toddlers

Eric Hill, an illustrator and writer whose picture books featuring a puppy named Spot enchanted toddlers and sold tens of millions of copies, died on June 6 at his home in Templeton, Calif. He was 86.

His publisher, Penguin Young Readers Group, confirmed the death.

Spot, an often elusive brown and yellow pup, first appeared in “Where’s Spot?” in 1980. Mr. Hill used an innovative design to delight children: pages of “Where’s Spot?” had flaps that unfolded to reveal a surprise, like a bear eating honey, in lieu of the puppy.

Daniel E. Slotnik
The New York Times

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