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Eric Hill | 'Where's Spot?' author, 86

Eric Hill
Eric Hill

Eric Hill, 86, the children's author who enlivened reading time for millions of youngsters with his simply told, lift-the-flap tales of the yellow dog Spot, died June 6 at his home in Templeton, Calif.

The Penguin Young Readers Group, Mr. Hill's American publisher, confirmed his death but released no other details.

A puppy of indeterminate breed and seemingly universal appeal, Spot first bounded onto children's bookshelves in England, Mr. Hill's native country, with the publication in 1980 of the book Where's Spot?

With brightly colored illustrations by the author, the volume was released later that year in the United States and grew into a series that sold more than 60 million copies.

After the publication of the first Spot book, Mr. Hill found a demand for more. Later titles included Spot Goes to the Park, Spot Goes to School, Spot's First Words, Spot's Favorite Colors, Spot on the Move, and Spot Says Please. - Washington Post

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