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'Spot' author dies at 86
Eric Hill, popular book author, illustrator and inventor of ‘lift-the-flap’ concept, dies at 86.
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Eric Hill, the hugely popular author and illustrator and inventor of the “lift-the-flap” concept in children’s books has died, aged 86, reported the Daily Mail.

His best-loved character, Spot the dog, was part of childhood for many kids, having sold 60 million copies. His books have also been translated into 60 languages.

Brilliant, yet simple, invention

Puffin, the author’s publisher, hailed him as ingenious for inventing the “lift-the-flap” idea; he was working in advertising and playing with the concept for an ad, when he discovered how much the idea amused his young son. This prompted him to create Spot, the first-ever “lift-the-flap” picture book for children.

Spot was first published in 1980, going on to become a series of books and TV series as it was so popular. It was Eric Hill’s very first attempt at publishing a children’s book, and was an immediate hit. He insisted that pictures of Spot only be shown against a white background, and he also chose the bold typeface, according to The Guardian.

The author is survived by his wife Gillian and two children, Christopher and Jane.

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