- Age Range: 3 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 280L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (April 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671796070
- ISBN-13: 978-0671796075
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Charlie the Caterpillar Paperback – April 1, 1993
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-- When Charlie the caterpillar wants to play, the other creatures refuse because they find him ugly. "Now giddadda here!" they tell him. Of course, Charlie eventually makes a cocoon, turns into a beautiful butterfly, and finds that the animals who scorned him now want his company. Very predictable stuff, this has little to recommend it. Santoro is a technically proficient illustrator but his cutesy cartoon drawings of Charlie are as trite as can be. No competition for Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar (Putnam, 1981) here. --Ann Stell, The Smithtown Library, NY
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
About the Author
Christopher Santoro has been illustrating children's books for more than thirty years, including Grandpappy Snippy Snappies; A Pie Went By, a NEST Literary Classic; and the Dom DeLuise picture books Charlie the Caterpillar, Hansel and Gretel, The Nightingale, and King Bob's New Clothes. Christopher has been honored by the Society of Illustrators, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the American Library Association, and The New Yorker. He lives in Key West, Florida, with two cats, Ernie and Truman, and a dog, Stuart.
Top Customer Reviews
How many of us can remember being ridiculed as children because we weren't the tallest, or the strongest, or the prettiest kid in class, or because Mom and Dad couldn't afford the latest designer sneakers, errr, athletic footwear, for us? This may be an old message, but it is obvious that it is a message kids still need to hear, more than just once. Frankly, I've known plenty of adults who still haven't learned this simple lesson.
"Charlie the Caterpillar" is a wonderful and warm story about the difference between shallow sycophants and true friends. The illustrations are definitely the highlight of the book; Charlie and Katie are downright huggable. Far from being cartoonish, the caterpillars have a real depth to them.
My only regret after reading this book is that no toymaker has seized the opportunity to license the caterpillar design for a plush cuddle toy. Small children would love it.
The illustrations are bright and cheerful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story is wonderful, but the book came with the cover taped on.Published 3 months ago by Jessica
I love this book because it teaches children not to always look at the out side but look at who they are as a person.Published 3 months ago by Dee Scott
Love, love, love this story but wish it said chrysalis instead of cocoonPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a horrible message to send out to kids. Vengeful and bitter. Do not recommend it.Published 6 months ago by Let