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Eric Hill

Eric Hill

Biography

Eric Hill was born in North London and, apart from a brief period of evacuation, lived there for many years. His career as an artist began when he worked as a messenger in an art studio and was encouraged to draw. When Eric's son was born in 1976, Eric began to write stories about a puppy to read to him at bedtime, and so Spot was born. The family moved to California in 1983. Eric continues to visit the UK several times a year and is very involved in the development of new Spot projects.

Interview

PLACE AND DATE OF BIRTH:
London; 7 September 1927

FAVOURITE BOOK:
Dirk Bogarde's autobiographies

MOST TREASURED POSSESSION:
My sense of fun

FAVOURITE SONG:
Cole Porter's 'Let's do it (let's fall in love)'

FAVOURITE FILM:
Day of the Jackal

When did you start writing?
In 1978, when my son was two years old, I started my first book for children. Where's Spot? was published in 1980 and became the catalyst for my new career as an author. I don't really consider myself a 'proper' author as I am basically an illustrator who adds words to his pictures as a 'voice-over', although in later books I have expanded my writing a little more.

I still have to look up words in the dictionary!

Where do you get your ideas?
From my experience as a father and memories from my childhood. Most of the Spot books contain some elements that actua...

Bibliography

Published by Puffin

Spot Can Count jacket image
  • Spot Can Count
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jan 07 2010
  • 3 - 5 years
Spot Goes Splash! and Other Stories jacket image
  • Spot Goes Splash! and Other Stories
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Oct 30 2003
  • 5 - 8 years
Spot Visits His Grandparents jacket image
  • Spot Visits His Grandparents
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 05 2010
  • 2 - 4 years
Spot's Walk in the Woods jacket image
  • Spot's Walk in the Woods
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Apr 27 1995
  • 2 - 4 years
Spot Goes to the Park jacket image
  • Spot Goes to the Park
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 30 1993
  • 2 - 4 years
Spot Stays Overnight jacket image
  • Spot Stays Overnight
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Nov 26 1992
  • 3 - 5 years
Spot Goes to the Circus jacket image
  • Spot Goes to the Circus
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Apr 27 1989
  • 3 - 5 years
Spot's First Christmas jacket image
  • Spot's First Christmas
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Oct 03 2013
  • 0 - 3 years
Spot's Birthday Party jacket image
  • Spot's Birthday Party
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jan 07 2010
  • 3 - 5 years
Who's There, Spot? jacket image
  • Who's There, Spot?
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jun 07 2007
  • 2 - 4 years
Spot's Magical Christmas jacket image
  • Spot's Magical Christmas
  • Puffin
  • Audio CD: Oct 06 2005
  • 2 - 4 years
Spot's Big Book of Colours, Shapes and Numbers jacket image
  • Spot's Big Book of Colours, Shapes and Numbers
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Apr 07 2005
  • 2 - 4 years
Spot's Treasure Hunt jacket image
  • Spot's Treasure Hunt
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 05 2004
  • 2 - 4 years
Spot Loves His Dad jacket image
  • Spot Loves His Dad
  • Warne
  • Board book: May 02 2013
  • 2 - 5 years
Where's Spot? jacket image
  • Where's Spot?
  • Warne
  • Hardback: Jan 02 2009
  • 2 - 5 years
Spot Bakes A Cake jacket image
  • Spot Bakes A Cake
  • Warne
  • Board book: Jan 02 2009
  • 2 - 5 years
Spot Goes to School jacket image
  • Spot Goes to School
  • Warne
  • Board book: Jan 02 2009
  • 2 - 5 years
Spot's First Easter Board Book jacket image
  • Spot's First Easter Board Book
  • Puffin
  • Board book: Mar 03 2014
  • 2 - 5 years
Spot Goes to the Farm jacket image
  • Spot Goes to the Farm
  • Warne
  • Board book: Jan 07 2010
  • 2 - 5 years
Spot Goes to the Park jacket image
  • Spot Goes to the Park
  • Warne
  • Board book: Jan 07 2010
  • 2 - 5 years
Spot Loves His Friends jacket image
  • Spot Loves His Friends
  • Warne
  • Hardback: Jan 07 2010
  • 2 - 5 years
Hello Spot Buggy Book jacket image
  • Hello Spot Buggy Book
  • Warne
  • Hardback: Jan 07 2010
  • 0 - 3 years
Where's Spot? jacket image
  • Where's Spot?
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Lift-the-flap: Jan 25 1996
  • 0 - 3 years
Spot's Birthday Party jacket image
  • Spot's Birthday Party
  • Warne
  • Board book: Sep 03 2009
  • 2 - 5 years
Spot Goes on Holiday jacket image
  • Spot Goes on Holiday
  • Warne
  • Board book: May 07 2009
  • 2 - 5 years
Where's Spot? jacket image
  • Where's Spot?
  • Warne
  • Board book: May 07 2009
  • 2 - 5 years
Spot's Snowy Day jacket image
  • Spot's Snowy Day
  • Warne
  • Hardback: Oct 01 2009
  • 2 - 5 years
What's That Noise, Spot? jacket image
  • What's That Noise, Spot?
  • Warne
  • Hardback: Oct 07 2010
  • 2 - 5 years
Spot Goes to the Circus jacket image
  • Spot Goes to the Circus
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jan 06 2011
  • 2 - 4 years
Spot's Baby Sister jacket image
  • Spot's Baby Sister
  • Warne
  • Hardback: May 05 2011
  • 2 - 5 years
Spot Says Goodnight jacket image
  • Spot Says Goodnight
  • Warne
  • Board book: May 05 2011
  • 2 - 5 years
Spot Bakes A Cake jacket image
  • Spot Bakes A Cake
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jul 07 2011
  • 2 - 4 years
Spot Goes to a Party jacket image
  • Spot Goes to a Party
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jul 07 2011
  • 3 - 5 years
Happy Christmas, Spot! jacket image
  • Happy Christmas, Spot!
  • Warne
  • Board book: Oct 06 2011
  • 2 - 5 years
Spot Goes to the Library jacket image
  • Spot Goes to the Library
  • Warne
  • Board book: Aug 04 2011
  • 2 - 5 years
Spot's First Numbers jacket image
  • Spot's First Numbers
  • Warne
  • Hardback: Aug 05 2010
  • 0 - 3 years
Spot Goes to the Circus jacket image
  • Spot Goes to the Circus
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Lift-the-flap: Mar 02 2006
  • 3 - 5 years
Spot's Sticker Fun Colouring Book jacket image
  • Spot's Sticker Fun Colouring Book
  • Warne
  • Miscellaneous: Jan 06 2011
  • 5 - 8 years
Spot's Noisy Car jacket image
  • Spot's Noisy Car
  • Warne
  • Miscellaneous: Jan 06 2011
  • 0 - 3 years
Spot's First Words jacket image
  • Spot's First Words
  • Warne
  • Board book: Aug 05 2010
  • 0 - 3 years
Spot's Busy Days A chunky tab book jacket image
  • Spot's Busy Days A chunky tab book
  • Warne
  • Board book: Apr 05 2012
  • 3 - 5 years
Spot Loves Sport jacket image
  • Spot Loves Sport
  • Warne
  • Board book: May 03 2012
  • 3 - 5 years
Spot Goes to the Park jacket image
  • Spot Goes to the Park
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: May 03 2012
  • 5 - 8 years
Spot's First Walk jacket image
  • Spot's First Walk
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: May 03 2012
  • 5 - 8 years
Spot's Little Learning Library jacket image
  • Spot's Little Learning Library
  • Warne
  • Board book: Jan 05 2012
  • 0 - 3 years
Spot's Fun First Words A slide-and-see book jacket image
  • Spot's Fun First Words A slide-and-see book
  • Warne
  • Miscellaneous: Jan 05 2012
  • 0 - 3 years
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  • Spot Goes to the Library
  • Warne
  • Hardback: Oct 06 2011
  • 2 - 5 years
I Love Spot Baby Books: Splish Splash Spot! jacket image
  • I Love Spot Baby Books: Splish Splash Spot!
  • Warne
  • Bath book: Jun 06 2013
  • 0 - 3 years
I Love Spot Baby Books: Happy Spot jacket image
  • I Love Spot Baby Books: Happy Spot
  • Warne
  • Paperback: Jun 06 2013
  • 0 - 3 years
I Love Spot Baby Books: Night Night Spot jacket image
  • I Love Spot Baby Books: Night Night Spot
  • Warne
  • Miscellaneous: Jun 06 2013
  • 0 - 3 years
Spot's Noisy Farm jacket image
  • Spot's Noisy Farm
  • Warne
  • Hardback: Jan 05 2012
  • 1 - 3 years
Spot Goes to the Farm jacket image
  • Spot Goes to the Farm
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jan 05 2012
  • 5 - 8 years
Spot's Garden jacket image
  • Spot's Garden
  • Warne
  • Paperback: Jul 01 2011
  • 2 - 5 years

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Spot's New Game jacket image
  • Spot's New Game
  • Warne
  • Paperback: Jul 01 2011
  • 2 - 4 years

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Spot's Opposites jacket image
  • Spot's Opposites
  • Warne
  • Board book: Jan 03 2013
  • 3 - 5 years
Spot Counts to 10 jacket image
  • Spot Counts to 10
  • Warne
  • Board book: Jan 03 2013
  • 3 - 5 years
Spot's ABC: A First Alphabet Book jacket image
  • Spot's ABC: A First Alphabet Book
  • Warne
  • Paperback: Jan 03 2013
  • 3 - 5 years
Where's Spot? jacket image
  • Where's Spot?
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jan 03 2013
  • 3 - 5 years
Who's There, Spot? jacket image
  • Who's There, Spot?
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jan 03 2013
  • 3 - 5 years
Spot's Baby Sister jacket image
  • Spot's Baby Sister
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jan 05 2012
  • 5 - 8 years
Where's Spot 2012 Deluxe Edition jacket image
  • Where's Spot 2012 Deluxe Edition
  • Warne
  • Hardback: Oct 04 2012
  • 3 - 5 years
Hello Spot! A Puppet Play Book jacket image
  • Hello Spot! A Puppet Play Book
  • Warne
  • Hardback: Oct 04 2012
  • 0 - 3 years
Spot's Dressing Up Fun jacket image
  • Spot's Dressing Up Fun
  • Warne
  • Board book: Apr 04 2013
  • 3 - 5 years
Spot's Big Book of First Words jacket image
  • Spot's Big Book of First Words
  • Puffin
  • Board book: Feb 06 2014
  • 0 - 3 years
jacket image not available
  • Spot's Garden
  • Ladybird
  • Paperback: Sep 01 2011
  • 2 - 5 years
jacket image not available
  • Spot and his Grandma
  • Ladybird
  • Paperback: Sep 01 2011
  • 2 - 5 years

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Spot's New Game jacket image
  • Spot's New Game
  • Ladybird
  • Paperback: Sep 01 2011
  • 2 - 4 years
jacket image not available
  • Spot's Tummy Ache
  • Ladybird
  • Paperback: Sep 01 2011
  • 2 - 5 years

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What Can You See, Spot? jacket image
  • What Can You See, Spot?
  • Warne
  • Paperback: Jun 07 2012
  • 5 - 8 years
Spot Goes on Holiday jacket image
  • Spot Goes on Holiday
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: May 02 2013
  • 3 - 5 years
Spot Says Please jacket image
  • Spot Says Please
  • Puffin
  • Hardback: Aug 01 2013
  • 0 - 3 years
Spot Can Count jacket image
  • Spot Can Count
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 01 2013
  • 3 - 5 years
Spot's Noisy Peek-a-boo jacket image
  • Spot's Noisy Peek-a-boo
  • Warne
  • Miscellaneous: Sep 05 2013
  • 0 - 3 years
Spot's First Christmas jacket image
  • Spot's First Christmas
  • Puffin
  • Miscellaneous: Oct 02 2014
  • 3 - 5 years

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Spot Goes to School jacket image
  • Spot Goes to School
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 01 2013
  • 3 - 5 years
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  • Spot's Baby Sister
  • Warne
  • Hardback: Jun 24 1993

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Spot's Spooky Fun jacket image
  • Spot's Spooky Fun
  • Puffin
  • Board book: Sep 04 2014
  • 0 - 3 years

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Baby Spot: Touch and Feel Playbook jacket image
  • Baby Spot: Touch and Feel Playbook
  • Puffin
  • Board book: Feb 06 2014
  • 3 - 5 years
Spot Goes to the Circus jacket image
  • Spot Goes to the Circus
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: May 02 2013
  • 3 - 5 years
Spot on the Move: Finger Puppet Book jacket image
  • Spot on the Move: Finger Puppet Book
  • Warne
  • Miscellaneous: Oct 03 2013
  • 0 - 3 years
What's the Time, Spot? jacket image
  • What's the Time, Spot?
  • Puffin
  • Miscellaneous: Apr 03 2014
  • 3 - 5 years
Spot Goes Shopping jacket image
  • Spot Goes Shopping
  • Puffin
  • Board book: Aug 07 2014
  • 0 - 3 years

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Spot Visits His Grandparents jacket image
  • Spot Visits His Grandparents
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Apr 03 2014
  • 3 - 5 years
Spot Bakes A Cake jacket image
  • Spot Bakes A Cake
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Apr 03 2014
  • 0 - 3 years
Spot's Snowy Fun Finger Puppet Book jacket image
  • Spot's Snowy Fun Finger Puppet Book
  • Puffin
  • Miscellaneous: Oct 02 2014
  • 0 - 3 years

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