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Eric Hill (1927–2014)

Author of Where's Spot?

388+ Works 15,351 Members 113 Reviews 3 Favorited

About the Author

Eric Hill was born on September 7, 1927 in London, England. During World War II, he was evacuated to the countryside along with thousands of other British children. Later, he worked in advertising before writing and illustrating a book about a puppy for his son. His first book, Where's Spot, was show more published in 1980 and became the first book in the Spot series. It incorporated the innovative lift-the-flap concept - something devised by Hill after he noticed a flap design on an advertising flyer. There are more than 30 books in the series including Spot's Birthday Party, Spot Goes to the Farm, Spot Goes to School, and Spot Loves His Friends. He also illustrated the Peek-A-Book series, the Baby Bear Storybook series, and a number of other children's books. He won several awards for the Spot books including a Notable Children's Book citation from the American Library Association and a Children's Book of the Year award from the Child Study Association of America. The popularity of his books led to an animated series, The Adventures of Spot, in 1983. In 2008, he received an OBE for services to children's literature. He died after a short illness on June 6, 2014 at the age of 86. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Eric Hill

Where's Spot? (1980) 3,201 copies
Spot Goes to School (1984) 860 copies
Spot Goes to the Farm (1987) 723 copies
Spot Goes to the Beach (1985) 505 copies
Spot's Birthday Party (1982) 499 copies
Spot's First Walk (1981) 451 copies
Spot's First Christmas (1983) 434 copies
Spot's First Easter (1988) 430 copies
Spot Goes to the Park (1991) 400 copies
Spot Bakes a Cake (1994) 378 copies
Spot Goes to the Circus (1986) 338 copies
Spot Sleeps Over (1990) 268 copies
Spot Can Count (1998) 264 copies
Spot's Baby Sister (1989) 263 copies
Night-Night, Spot (1999) 256 copies
Spot Visits his Grandparents (1996) 229 copies
Spot Goes to a Party (1992) 182 copies
Spot Loves His Daddy (2005) 162 copies
Spot Loves His Mommy (2006) 157 copies
Who's There, Spot? (2005) 131 copies
Spot's Walk in the Woods (1993) 127 copies
Spot's Big Book of Words (1988) 126 copies
Spot's First Words (1986) 112 copies
I Love You, Spot (2016) 107 copies
Spot Counts from 1 to 10 (1814) 93 copies
Spot Looks at Colors (1986) 92 copies
Spot Goes to the Library (2011) 91 copies
Spot at the Farm (1985) 84 copies
Spot Looks at Shapes (1820) 83 copies
Spot's Halloween (2003) 79 copies
Spot Loves His Grandma (2008) 67 copies
Spot's Christmas (2004) 67 copies
Spot's Thanksgiving (1800) 66 copies
Spot's Easter Surprise (1900) 62 copies
Spot's Bedtime Storybook (1998) 62 copies
Spot: My Clothes (1997) 61 copies
Spot Loves School (2008) 58 copies
Spot Looks at Opposites (1989) 58 copies
Spot Loves His Grandpa (2006) 58 copies
Spot's Snowy Day (2009) 56 copies
Spot: My Day at Home (1997) 55 copies
Spot: My Toys (1997) 51 copies
Spot's Show and Tell (1808) 46 copies
Spot at Home (1991) 45 copies
Happy Birthday Spot (2004) 44 copies
Spot Tells the Time (1983) 44 copies
Spot: My Animal Friends (1997) 43 copies
Spot's Treasure Hunt (2002) 40 copies
Spot Says Please (2013) 37 copies
Spot Loves His Friends (2010) 36 copies
Spot Looks at the Weather (1986) 35 copies
Spot at Play (1828) 35 copies
Spot's Big Learning Book (1999) 34 copies
Spot's Garden (2005) 33 copies
Spot Loves Sports (2012) 33 copies
Spot's Hide-and-Seek (2008) 33 copies
Spot Loves Bedtime (2016) 33 copies
Spot and His Grandma (2005) 32 copies
Spot's Camping Trip (2005) 31 copies
Spots New Game (2004) 30 copies
Spot Learns to Count (1983) 28 copies
Spot's Peekaboo (2015) 28 copies
Spot Visits the Hospital (1897) 28 copies
All About Spot (2017) 27 copies
Spot Loves His Teacher (2009) 27 copies
Spot's Toy Box (1991) 26 copies
Find Spot at the Museum (2017) 26 copies
Spot Goes Shopping (2014) 26 copies
Find Spot at the Library (2019) 25 copies
Spot's Days Out (2005) 25 copies
Spot at the Fair (Spot) (1985) 24 copies
Spot's Toys (1984) 23 copies
Happy New Year, Spot! (2016) 23 copies
Merry Christmas, Spot! (2006) 22 copies
Spot's Playtime Storybook (1832) 22 copies
Spot's Special Days (1998) 22 copies
Spot Joins the Parade (1750) 22 copies
Spot's Tummy Ache (2005) 22 copies
Spot's Touch and Feel Day (1997) 22 copies
Spot in the Garden (1991) 22 copies
Spot's First Colors (2011) 21 copies
Spot Helps Out board book (1999) 21 copies
Spot Counts to 10 (2013) 21 copies
Happy Christmas, Spot! (2011) 20 copies
Spot's Opposites (2013) 20 copies
Who Does What? Peek-a-Book (1982) 19 copies
Puppy Love (Spot) (1982) 18 copies
Spot's Noisy Walk (1813) 18 copies
Spot's Busy Year (1887) 18 copies
Spot's Harvest (2010) 18 copies
Spot's First Shapes (2011) 16 copies
Animals Peek-a-Book (1982) 16 copies
Spot's Alphabet (1983) 15 copies
Spot's Balloon (2010) 14 copies
Spot's Favorite Shapes (2015) 14 copies
Spot's Tractor (2018) 14 copies
Spot's Playtime Pop-Up (2007) 14 copies
What Do You See, Spot? (1600) 13 copies
Spot's Noisy Peekaboo (2010) 13 copies
Spot's Easter Basket (2021) 12 copies
Get Well Soon, Spot (2017) 12 copies
Spot and Friends Dress Up (1996) 12 copies
Nursery Rhyme Peek-a-Book (1982) 12 copies
Spot's Valentine (2009) 11 copies
Spot's First Numbers (2010) 11 copies
Spot Plays Soccer (2018) 11 copies
Spot at the Beach (2005) 11 copies
Spot's Bus Trip (2009) 10 copies
Hello, Spot!(Rag Book) (2004) 10 copies
Spot's Favorite Numbers (1997) 9 copies
Flip Flap Spot (2017) 9 copies
Spot's Halloween Party (2007) 9 copies
Spot's Day Out (2008) 9 copies
Spot's New Friend (2018) 9 copies
Spot's Jigsaw Puzzle Book (2002) 9 copies
Spot's Favourite Toy (1998) 8 copies
Find Spot at Christmas (2023) 8 copies
Spot on the Move (1991) 8 copies
Spot's First Songs (2000) 8 copies
Spot's Train (2021) 7 copies
Spot's Noisy Tractor (2008) 7 copies
Spot Goes Splash! (1984) 7 copies
Spot's Fire Engine (2019) 7 copies
Spot's Noisy Car (2009) 7 copies
Good Morning Baby Bear (1984) 6 copies
What's the Time Spot? (2014) 6 copies
Spot's Sticker Story Book (1996) 6 copies
My Pets (1983) 6 copies
My very own Spot book (1993) 6 copies
Spot's Spooky Fun (2014) 6 copies
Spot Plays Hide-and-Seek (2000) 6 copies
Spot's Noisy Farm (2012) 5 copies
Spot's Busy Day (1992) 5 copies
Spot's Playbook (Spot) (2007) 5 copies
Baby Bear's Bedtime (1984) 5 copies
Spot's Favourite Stories (2013) 5 copies
Find Spot at the Stadium (2020) 5 copies
Find Spot at Easter (2022) 5 copies
Spot's Preschool (2005) 5 copies
I Spy with Spot (2009) 4 copies
Spot's Playbus (2009) 4 copies
Find Spot at the Hospital (2022) 4 copies
Spot's Favorite Words (1997) 4 copies
Spot's Marching Band (2004) 4 copies
What Can Spot See? (2009) 4 copies
Spot: Fun with Spot (2005) 4 copies
Up There (1983) 4 copies
Spot's Funtime Drawing (2004) 4 copies
Sing Along With Spot (2005) 4 copies
Leann Bran an Tam (2000) 3 copies
Spot's Magnet Fun (2021) 3 copies
Spot agus an gleoc (1983) 3 copies
Spot's Play Day (2006) 3 copies
Sweet Dreams, Spot! (1984) 3 copies
My First Spot Library (2002) 3 copies
Spot est invite (1991) 3 copies
Spot Plays Football (2018) 3 copies
Spot's Lucky Day (2022) 2 copies
Bran agus a Dhaideo (2022) 2 copies
Bran agus an aimsir (2000) 2 copies
Spot's Birthday (2006) 2 copies
What's That Sound, Spot? (2020) 2 copies
Splish Splash Spot! (2013) 2 copies
Bosca Bréagán Bhrain (1999) 2 copies
My Big Book of Spot (2018) 2 copies
Pupen aarrejahti (2002) 2 copies
Bran Ar an Bhfeirm (2000) 2 copies
Spot's Book Box (1998) 2 copies
Spot air chuairt (1983) 2 copies
Crazy Wheels Mix or Match (1984) 2 copies
Spot's Noisy Night (2007) 2 copies
Otto Se Pretjaar (2006) 2 copies
What's That Noise, Spot? (2010) 2 copies
Spot's Noisy Toy Box (2005) 2 copies
Léann Bran an t-am! (2015) 1 copy
Spot's Story Treasury (2016) 1 copy
Spot’s Special Year (2016) 1 copy
Bran agus a mhamó (2022) 1 copy
Godnat, Plet 1 copy
Puppe retkellä (2016) 1 copy
O Bolinha Adora A Mãe (2016) 1 copy
Bran ag cuardach (2002) 1 copy
Spot's Library of Fun (2010) 1 copy
Piki pomaga 1 copy
Waar's Otto 1 copy
Codladh Samh a Bhrain (1999) 1 copy
Chwarae gyda Smot (1987) 1 copy
Spot's Road Trip (2023) 1 copy
Tippen på dagis (2001) 1 copy
The Park (1983) 1 copy
Tassen på lekeplassen (1985) 1 copy
Spot (3 little books) (2017) 1 copy
Spot : 1 copy
Spot the dog (1990) 1 copy
Spot's Helpful Day (2003) 1 copy
Spot s'amuse 1 copy
Tippen på bondgården (2001) 1 copy
Spot's Christmas song (2002) 1 copy
Leabhar mòr Spot (1988) 1 copy
Nollaig Spot (1983) 1 copy
Spot anns an sgoil (1984) 1 copy
Spot's Fun Day (2007) 1 copy
Bran agus na dathanna (2000) 1 copy
Spot (Catalan Edition) (2017) 1 copy

Associated Works

Fast Frog (Help Your Child to Read) (1982) — Illustrator — 24 copies
Bad Bear (Help Your Child to Read) (1982) — Illustrator, some editions — 21 copies
Silly Sheep (Help Your Child to Read) (1982) — Illustrator, some editions — 18 copies
Richmond Macabre: Nightmares From the River City (2011) — Contributor — 15 copies
Poorly Pig (Help Your Child to Read) (1982) — Illustrator, some editions — 12 copies
Rubber Rabbit (Help Your Child to Read) (1982) — Illustrator, some editions — 7 copies
Double Ducks (Help Your Child to Read) (1982) — Illustrator, some editions — 3 copies

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BooksInMirror | 1 other review | Feb 19, 2024 |
Spot didn’t eat his dinner, so his mom goes looking for him. She looks in and under various places, finding other animals, until she finally finds where Spot is hiding.

Very cute and fun. The flaps are well-made and don’t tear. There’s a good variety of animals, not just the typical ones.My niece loves that she gets to yell “NO!” every time she opens a door, and making me do the animal noises.
 
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norabelle414 | 36 other reviews | Jan 20, 2024 |
Not my first time reading (longtime Spot fan), but I was today years old when I learned that this was the FIRST lift-the-flap book for kids. One of those things that you just don't think about being invented!
 
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bmanglass | 36 other reviews | Aug 31, 2023 |
Genre:
Picture books for children
Lift-the-flap books
Storytime standouts
Illustration:
Cartoony
Subject headings:
Puppies
Searching
Lost dogs
Dogs
 
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kmgerbig | 36 other reviews | May 15, 2023 |

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