The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle
Board Book
Suitable for: 
5 years+
Bugs and Butterflies
Days of Week

Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar first published in 1969 and has gone on to sell over 30million copies worldwide.  This all-time favorite not only follows the very hungry caterpillar as it grows from egg to cocoon to beautiful butterfly, but also teaches the days of the week, counting, good nutrition and more. Striking pictures and cleverly die-cut pages offer interactive fun.



In honor of the 40th anniversary of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar comes the first-ever pop-up edition of this book. When the familiar, tiny caterpillar pops out of his egg, a dial lets readers help him chug across Carle’s earthy color palette. Next, the caterpillar eats his way through a week’s worth of pop-up fruit, as well as a full-page display of sweet and savory treats, (resulting in a stomach-ache), before his eventual transition into a butterfly. 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. Ages 3–up.(Mar.)  -Publishers Weekly 3/2/09-Publishers Weekly 3/2/09

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This is just one of the classics that everyone should own.


Love love love this book. Always on top of my gift list for new mums. A must have in every household. 


I love reading this story to my daughter as it brings back fond memories from my childhood. She loves counting the fruit and 'reading' the story back to me. Also she thinks it great that she has this book because Kindy has The Very Hungry Caterpillar too.


Our 2 year old boy demands this story every night, and has done since he could talk!  We talk about different parts of the story as there are lots of learning aspects (food, days of the week, caterpillar to butterfly, etc). Beautiful images and wonderful story make this a classic that I remember from my childhood. We always enjoy reading this as it is lots of fun!

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