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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book Hardcover – March 10, 2009

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Author Q&A with Eric Carle

Eric Carle

Q: It’s clear that creating pictures gives you great joy. Are there other hobbies or interests that give you a similar sort of happiness?

A: Not in the same way, though I do enjoy gardening. I have more recently been taking photographs of interesting textures I come upon in my daily life and immediate surroundings: a patch of grass, a section of cement sidewalk. About the question of hobbies, I have often said: My work is my hobby and my hobby is my work. because even when I am not working in my studio, I may be thinking about a book or an idea that is connected to what I am working on.

Q: Can you share some of your favorite memories of meeting children and adults who admire your work?

A:I have met many wonderful people over the years, children and teachers, parents. People come with so many meaningful stories about my books in their classroom and kind words about their own childhood memories of being read to. It is very gratifying to meet people who enjoy your work. I have also been on the receiving end of a tremendous amount of fan mail over the years. And have been sent many gems, letters and drawings from children around the world. One of my favorite letters was from a reader who told me, I believe he was writing from Texas, that he wanted to come and visit me but he wasn't allowed to cross the street!

Q: Many characters in your books are animals – how did you develop such a love of the natural world?

A: I have always loved animals and insects and been fascinated by them. My father was an animal lover and took me on walks in the woods, introducing me to the creatures who lived underneath the bark and so forth. And I think my approach to how I draw animals is a combination of realistic and imaginary. While I have photography books in my studio that I refer to and while I aim for a certain amount of accuracy when it comes to my pictures of animals, the creatures in my books are also growing out of my imagination.

From Publishers Weekly

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.)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; 40 Pop Anv edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399250395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399250392
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.5 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-up Book exceeded all my expectations with its elaborate pop-up art that brings this story to life! My son loved the board book already, but when he received the pop-up book for his 1st birthday, he was shrieking in delight over the exquisite 3-dimensional wonders that surprised him on every page. While the book is recommended for ages 3 and up, I think it's worth introducing to younger ages - you just need to be careful to keep it out of arms reach. It's definitely a wonderful gift idea and will be a treasured part of our family's library.
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I bought this book for my grandchildren who live across the country. Their Mom, a school psychologist, praised the choice! The children love it, and it is fun to read it to them.
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I gave this Eric Carle book a 5 star rating because it was the biggest hit with my one year old granddaughter. She loves to sit and go through the book and the pop ups have held up beautifully. The book is well made and of course the story is wonderful.
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If you have a pre-school age child anywhere on your family tree, share this book with him or her. Let Eric Carle's very hungry caterpillar take you on a colorful journey of munching - from one Sunday to the next. You'll be delighted right through to the butterfly end. A unique use of the book's pages contribute to the fun and surprises already generated by the creative narrative and bright illustrations. (I've caught more than one adult reading it over and over.) Over 29 million copies have been sold! Avoid being the only one who hasn't read it - buy a copy and share!
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My children love The Very Hungry Caterpillar and also love pop-ups. So we were very excited to find this book and buy it.
However, more than half of the pop-ups have fallen apart within a month of purchasing this book, with only very gentle use. It has been extremely frustrating, as the children love the book and would like to see the pop-ups in action.

Based on the previous customer review, I'm inclined to believe that this is more an issue of poor assembly, rather than poorly-designed pop-ups.
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This book is amazing! The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of my favorites but adding the pop-up component is wonderful. And it is done so beautifully and intricately.

I'd also like to recommend Eric Carle's video, "Eric Carle: Picture Writer" if you are a fan. It shows how he draws his stories and makes his paper. You will appreciate his books that much more!!
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This is a beautiful book, lots of pop ups and intricate detail. however it is not for your little one to read alone, not unless you want your pop ups destroyed. Great visual aids for children if you are reading to them, pricey but a worthwhile investment. If you want a book for your child to read I suggest the board book version of this one.
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This is one of my daughter's favorite books so I couldn't resist buying this adorable pop up book! It is SO well done and she LOVES it when I read it to her. Since she is only 1, I don't leave it out for her to look at on her own as she would naturally be to tempted to rip the pop ups out. Would make a great gift.
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