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The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Giant hardcover edition (signed edition) Hardcover – September 18, 2008

4.9 out of 5 stars 37,151 ratings
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  • Publisher : Philomel; Signed, Limited edition (September 18, 2008)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0399251820
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0399251825
  • Reading age : 2 - 6 years
  • Lexile measure : AD460L
  • Item Weight : 3.85 pounds
  • Dimensions : 13 x 1.4 x 16 inches
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Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2018
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3.0 out of 5 stars I guess the caterpillar wasn't that hungry
By Rebecca on November 3, 2018
The problem with Amazon reviews is that some people are reviewing the content of the story while other people are reviewing the quality of the product, and they don't always match up.

The story, of course, is a classic. We had the Very Hungry Caterpillar as a board book from the time my kid was born until a cat hairballed on it a couple years later. I didn't replace it because I figured he was outgrowing board books anyway. However when we saw it as a paperback at his dentist's office a few weeks ago, he got so excited that I realized we need to own it again.

The actual book however, didn't have the pages cut or holes punched where the caterpillar eats through the foods. That's always been a defining feature of this book so it's just not the same. I'm returning it and will have to try again from an actual store where I can flip through it first.
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Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
By Rose H. 🌈 on March 23, 2019
I have always been a fan of Eric Carle books, and we have the whole series, included the Very Hungry Caterpillar! 
My husband and I decided to accompany the book with its teether Rattle for our little one when he was 4 months old because we thought he would enjoy the reading time of this book more... we were right.
He has loved the book and his rattle too. He loved let the toy caterpillar eat the pages while I was reading for him and put his little fingers in the holes.
The illustrations are so unique and eye catching, the colors are bright, the pages are sturdy and the story holds his attention.
This book, like the others of Eric Carle, is interactive and rhythmic.
Children learn easily colors, the name of different fruits and foods and even counting how many are in each page. 
The book is small so it's easy to hold for a baby/toddler and very durable.
A must have
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Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2018
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not the original
By Kayte on July 5, 2018
I'm upset that this is so small. My childhood book was like 4 times this size!
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Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Adorable Book and Educational
By Venezia on February 9, 2018
My baby loves loves loves this book! He is 2 and really likes the pictures of the different foods with the holes. It makes him laugh and smile and he loves saying the names of the different foods. He constantly pulls this book out to read. We have a lot of fun with him. It just gets him excited. I think every baby needs this book.
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Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2017
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Crooh
3.0 out of 5 stars Not good it’s very small
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 6, 2019
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Carolin
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont oder if its not a hardcover
Reviewed in India on February 24, 2019
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rattyratbag
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT READ IT, GET SOME FRUIT AND CAKES AND MAKE IT AN AFTERNOON OF ENJOYMENT AND EDUCATION
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 20, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Todo un clásico que no pasa de moda y ...
Reviewed in Spain on April 23, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Todo un clásico que no pasa de moda y ...
Reviewed in Spain on April 23, 2019
no deja de gustar a pequeños y mayores!!!
Nosotros lo preferimos en inglés, en un formato de cartón tanto las tapas como las páginas, con unas dimensiones más que perfectas para manejar (27X23cm) y por un precio más que aceptable (unos 10€).
Las ilustraciones son PRECIOSAS, con unos dibujos y colores que cada vez se ven menos en los libros infantiles de hoy en día.
Esta versión enseña bastante vocabulario en inglés (días de la semana, números, aunque sólo hasta 5, algunas frutas), habla sobre el proceso de la transformación y, para mi sorpresa, mi peque sacó una moraleja también: no hay que comer demasiado en un sólo día porque puedes acabar con un "stomachache"!!!
En definitiva, nos encanta "The very hungry caterpillar".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grea quality, good value
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 4, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grea quality, good value
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 4, 2020
Delighted when book arrived as I had seen previous reviews about the poor quality. The book was perfect! It was great quality, no issues with the print. Bright and colourful illustrations and very clear print. It is a small book but it's aimed at babies and toddlers so perfectly suitable. The little caterpillar was well made and very colourful. Not sure if safe/suitable for little babies but a great prop for the adult to use when sharing the story. The shop price was on the back of the box too which makes it very good value. Bought for a gift. Very happy with purchase.
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