The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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16 Critic Reviews

The pop-ups, particularly a half-cylinder tree trunk that sprouts from the center of the spread and a large accordionlike cocoon, are well executed and engaging. While the prominent use of white space lends a sparser feel than in the picture book, the shimmering wings of the pop-up butterfly dazzle on the final spread.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life?

Carle's classic tale of a voracious caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then changes into a eautiful butterfly has been reissued in a sumptuous twenty-fifth anniversary edition with a shiny, silver-coated cover and wonderfully thick, durably pages.
—The Horn Book

"The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child's heart..."
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"Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative..."
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Eric Carle is an award-winning, children's picture book author and illustrator whose most recognized work is The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book. Carle was born to German parents in 1929 in Syracuse, New York. The family returned to Germany in 1935, moving to a suburb of Stuttgart. Carle disliked high school, quitting at the age of 16 before graduation. He was admitted as the youngest student to the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, an art school. After finishing at the Akademie, he worked as a poster designer for the U.S. Information Center in Germany until 1952, when he moved back to New York City. He was a graphic designer at the New York Times and later worked as an art director at L.W. Frohlich & Co. In 1963, Bill Martin, Jr. saw a poster of a red lobster that Carle had designed and asked him to illustrate Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, thus launching his freelance career. Among his many children's books are Hello, Red Fox, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, and Pancakes, Pancakes! His title The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse made Publisher's Weekly Best Seller List for 2011. His title Brown Bear Brown Bear What to You See? made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.
 
Published January 1, 1979 by Collins Publishers. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Fiction
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All: 16 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Good
on Mar 02 2009

The pop-ups, particularly a half-cylinder tree trunk that sprouts from the center of the spread and a large accordionlike cocoon, are well executed and engaging. While the prominent use of white space lends a sparser feel than in the picture book, the shimmering wings of the pop-up butterfly dazzle on the final spread.

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Examiner

Good
on Apr 01 2009

Eric Carle always finds a way to make each book unique, and this book is no exception.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 31 2012

It's an artistic achievement, perfect for collectors and young readers alike.

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Common Sense Media

Good

Eric Carle takes the concept of metamorphosis and presents it in a way that young children can understand.

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BellaOnline

Good
Reviewed by Launa Stout on Mar 23 2014

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the best books for a child’s library. This is because it works on so many levels.

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Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth Kennedy on Jan 28 2014

...it's the combination of wonderful illustrations, an entertaining story, and a unique book design. Carle's illustrations are created with collage techniques. He uses hand-painted papers, which he cuts, layers, and shapes to create his colorful artwork. The pages of the book vary in size, which is part of the fun.

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Helium

Excellent
on Dec 19 2009

This versatile book will prove to remain in any child's library for years to come.

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Helium

Excellent
on Apr 25 2009

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a timeless classic that has been going strong for 40 years and will continue to be enjoyed for many years to come by parents and children alike.

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Helium

Excellent
on Mar 25 2009

This is a book that children will reach for time and time again.

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Helium

Excellent
on Mar 25 2009

Every child should experience 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.

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EzineArticles

Good
Reviewed by Rachel Dominique Goh on May 29 2008

As result of his feasting he had a stomach. Parents can focus on the need to eat healthily and in moderation to kids as a subtopic from reading this book.

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Vulpus Libris

Good
Reviewed by Lisa on Apr 18 2013

The book is famous for its collage illustrations...The colours used in the illustrations are vibrant and attractive...I am a huge fan of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and if you’ve never read it – or even if you have – I would urge you to get hold of a copy.

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Kids Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Rose Jensen on Sep 03 2009

...the reason behind the continued success of The Very Hungry Caterpillar goes beyond the playful storyline and quirky illustrations. The book is about change and the wonders that change can bring even if it first brings unpleasantness

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Above average
Reviewed by Mags Walsh on Jan 28 2014

The pop-up makes it difficult to trace the caterpillar-shaped holes through Saturday’s treats, indeed the lollipop lacks a hole entirely...This pop-up version would be a tasty treat for existing fans of Caterpillar, although new readers might be better directed to start with the classic version first.

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Mundie Kids Children's Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Mundie Kids on Feb 26 2014

When I think that what makes us so hungry for this classic, I think it's the fact we want to pass on books that meant something to us as a child, onto our children, and to those who have grandchildren, to them, and so on. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic that continues to be passed on from generation to generation.

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Discombobulated Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Discombobulated Books on Jan 11 2013

I may be a little biased, since, you know, I have loved this book since I could read and talk. So YEAH! 5 Shuriken Stars! I would definitely recommend it; for me it’s up there with Chaos Walking and Unwind and that lot!

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