"Children's book writer Eric Hill, best known for the Spot the Dog series, has died, aged 86," reports USA Today.
"Hill passed away at his home in California following a brief illness," the article notes.
Don Weisberg, president of Penguin Young Readers Group, commented that Hill "created one of today's most iconic children's book characters and changed the landscape of children's book design with his now ubiquitous lift-the-flap design."
Weisberg added that "Spot has entertained and educated generations of preschoolers, a fact that gave Eric much joy. He was very fond of Spot, and we are forever grateful for his contribution to children's books."
The USA Today article also notes: "Since his 1980 debut, 'Where's Spot?,' Hill's picture books have sold more than 60 million copies around the world, according to Penguin. The popularity of his books led in 1983 to an animated series, 'The Adventures of Spot,' which used a unique cut-paper technique to build up the movement of the characters while keeping the integrity of the original drawings."
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