The children’s author who created the popular picture storybook series has passed away aged 86
Eric Hill, famous for his mischievous yellow dog Spot, has died at his home in California aged 86. The author’s book series, which Eric originally penned for his young son, is still popular and remains a favourite bedtime story with children (and adults!) worldwide.
Eric’s publisher Puffin confirmed the sad news of his death, saying he was ‘a master of simple design. He created one of the world’s most loveable children’s book characters – Spot, the charming, naughty, playful puppy, loved and appreciated across the world.’
Where’s Spot was first published in 1980, topped the bestseller books list just a few weeks later and expanded into lots of other books, including Spot’s Birthday Party, Spot Goes to the Farm and Spot Loves His Friend. Pegged by Puffin as ‘the world’s favourite puppy’, Spot also earned Eric an OBE for his services to children’s literature in the 2008 honours list.
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