Eric Hill, creator of the most popular puppy in children’s books, was born on September 7, 1927, in Holloway, London. Hill left school at the age of 14 and was hired as a messenger for a commercial art studio, where a newspaper cartoonist taught him a simple drawing style with ink and watercolor.
Hill was working as a freelance artist and designer when he came up with the idea for Where’s Spot? in 1980. He noticed that his two-year-old son was amused by advertising flaps and hidden pictures. He combined the flap concept with his love for dogs and the book was an instant success. Spot and his adventures have been made into board books and movies. The interactive books have been translated into fifty languages in one hundred countries. In 2008, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Mr. Hill passed away on June 6, 2014, at his home in California.