Eric Hill (Author)

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Eric Hill
Eric Hill was born in London and attended Pooles Park Elementary and Tollington Park Central schools until the outbreak of World War Two. Prior to the outbreak of hostilities, 12 year-old Eric was evacuated to the small village of Bluntisham in Huntingdonshire. But he returned to London for Christmas and stayed there for the rest of the war. Eric left school at fifteen to start his first job with a shipping office in the City. The following year he joined an art studio as a messenger. This was a bigger break than he had imagined, because at the studio was a well-known Austrian cartoonist, named Tim, who encouraged him to start drawing cartoons. Gradually Eric became more of an art assistant than a messenger and spent more time at the drawing board under Tim's guidance. Tim was a superb artist and cartoonist and later had his own BBC TV show for children. After a stint with the Royal Air Force in Germany, Eric Hill returned to the studio again. His cartooning work began to be published in national magazines and newspapers. He started a weekly strip for the London magazine Illustrated and did small story sketches for Lilliput. After a year of drawing cartoons, Eric Hill left the studio and joined the art department of an advertising agency as a visualiser. The next important step was an appointment with F.H.K Henrion at Erwin Wasey, a large advertising agency in Park Lane. In 1976, Eric's son Christopher was born. When Christopher was two, Eric made up a story to read to him at bedtime about a small puppy. The extraordinary success of Where's Spot?, published in 1980, gave Eric Hill the confidence to work full-time as an author. The second title, Spot's first Walk, was published a year later. The publishing phenomenon that is Spot was born! There are over 40 million books in print read by children in more than 100 countries. The adventures of Spot have been translated into 65 languages, including minority languages such as Inupiaq, Occitan, Frisian and Farosese. Spot has different names around the world including Spotty (Italy), Dribbel (the Netherlands) and Fleck (Germany)! The animated TV series has aired in over 80 countries and the films have been included in the permanent collection of the prestigious Museum of Television and Radio History in New York as an outstanding example of British children s programming. A recent study by UK-based Millard Brown reports that Spot has 99% awareness amongst UK parents and 83% amongst children. In 1983, Eric Hill and his family moved to California. Eric remains involved in the development of all Spot projects at every stage.

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Book Cover:  Hello Spot!: A Puppet Play Book
A super-fun interactive book with a gorgeous Spot hand puppet. The large, soft plush puppet is one size fits all - we've tested it on children and parents!
A super-fun interactive book with a gorgeous Spot hand puppet. The large, soft plush puppet is one size fits all - we've tested it on children and parents!
Published: 02/10/2012
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780723268604
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Hello, Spot! Buggy Book

This chunky little Spot board book has a sturdy fabric and plastic fastening to fix it to a buggy and is perfect for providing entertainment for the baby on the move. Each opening shows the friendly puppy Spot meeting a different animal. Children will love getting to know the characters in this book and making the noises along with them.

This chunky little Spot board book has a sturdy fabric and plastic fastening to fix it to a buggy and is perfect for providing entertainment for the baby on the move. Each opening shows the friendly puppy...

Published: 01/03/2010
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780723264651
RRP: $12.99
Book Cover:  I Love Spot Baby Books: Happy Spot!

I Love Spot Baby Books is a brand new publishing strand for babies aged 0-18 months. This range features a fresh new cover look with vibrant colour type on a crisp white background. The books on the list are selected to encourage baby's understanding of the world and love of books.

This is a super-soft cloth book designed for babies to spend hours playing with. There are lots of touch-and-feels to...

I Love Spot Baby Books is a brand new publishing strand for babies aged 0-18 months. This range features a fresh new cover look with vibrant colour type on a crisp white background. The books on the list...

Published: 22/05/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780723271031
RRP: $16.99
Book Cover:  I Love Spot Baby Books: Splish Splash Spot!

Splish splash fun with Spot! A perfect, waterproof book for use in the bath and beyond that little fans of Eric Hill's famous puppy will adore.

This sweet bath book is especially designed to appeal to babies aged 0-18 months, and is padded, lightweight and fully immersible. It comes with a squeaker for added sound fun and is perfect for sharing with your baby at bath time. The bright, simple images...

Splish splash fun with Spot! A perfect, waterproof book for use in the bath and beyond that little fans of Eric Hill's famous puppy will adore.

This sweet bath book is especially designed to appeal to...

Published: 22/05/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780723269465
RRP: $16.99
Book Cover:  Spot Bakes A Cake

Spot plans a surprise for his Dad's birthday. Lift the flaps in this lively picture book to see how he succeeds in creating a very special cake. The classic Spot story re-originated with special cover finishes and rescanned artwork.

Spot plans a surprise for his Dad's birthday. Lift the flaps in this lively picture book to see how he succeeds in creating a very special cake. The classic Spot story re-originated with special cover...

Published: 27/11/2008
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780723263586
RRP: $14.99

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20 May 2016
Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards Shortlist Announced
We are delighted to announce that the following Penguin Random House authors have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards:

Suri’s Wall by Lucy Estela and Matt Ottley
Ollie and the Wind by Ronojoy Ghosh

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