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

4.5 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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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 (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,765 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 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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I bought this book as a gift for my nephew! He is only 20 months, so my sister will keep the book out of his reach until he is of age where he doesn't tear up pop up books. I was at a preschool story time when this book was featured. It is very beautifully done and tells a familiar story in an engaging way. When I have my family, I definitely want this book in our library!
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I teach music and movement in PreK and elementary schools. I have a multi lesson curriculum for this book that is very exciting for my students. I just discovered this book and shared it with my classes after we completed all our work on it. They LOVED it! The pop ups and movable pieces are beautifully designed. This is not a book that I would leave for very young classes to play with since it is delicate and I prefer to use it as a special treat for a class. It's an expensive investment but definitely worth it.
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Aside from the 'classics' we all read in school, there are a few stand-outs for little ones. This book is on that list. The 40th anniversary edition is simply spectacular. The cover is well-made and glossy for durability. The pages are substantially thick enough to not be easily torn. And the colorful pop-out pictures are fabulous. This book is even better than the one I read to my kids.

For a classroom teaching tool, it will capture the children's attention. It's entertaining. As you turn the pages, the story can be used to teach 'metamorphosis'; how a caterpillar morphs into a beautiful butterfly.

It brought a smile to the face of one of my grown sons when he saw I was wrapping it as part of a newborn's gift. So many others give baby clothing and paraphernalia. Why not start a child on a lifetime of reading pleasure? Give the gift that starts their own library. The very fabulous, entertaining, and educational pop-up book.
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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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By Deuces on December 15, 2013
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I bought this for my son, and we still read it. Now that he's just turned 5, he's reading it to me. The beautiful art and pop-up factor is amazing. This book is a family favorite. Only thing left is to get more Eric Carle pop-up books!
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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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