Where's Spot? Author and Illustrator Eric Hill Dead at 86

Eric Hill, whose effort to entertain his young son with a simple drawing of a mischievous dog named Spot blossomed into a popular series of children’s books that have sold more than 60 million copies, has died at his home in central California. He was 86.

Hill passed away Friday at his home in Templeton after a short illness, said Adele Minchin, a spokeswoman for Hill’s publisher, Penguin Children’s Group.