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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  287,836 Ratings  ·  5,466 Reviews
Eric Carle's classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, in board book format.

A much-loved classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has won over millions of readers with its vivid and colourful collage illustrations and its deceptively simply, hopeful story. With its die-cut pages and finger-sized holes to explore, this is a richly satisfying book for children.

Eric Carle is an inter
Board Book, 26 pages
Published September 29th 1994 by Puffin (first published 1969)
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Dec 12, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
I actually gave this book 5 stars, but the very hungry caterpillar ate one of them.

Also, did anyone else get a defective book? My version has a bunch of holes in it.
Mark Lawrence
Mar 30, 2016 Mark Lawrence rated it it was amazing
Former president George W. Bush named this his favorite book from childhood (it came out when he was 23 ... but perhaps he meant his kids' childhood). In any event it's one of my favorites from my childhood, and from reading to my own kids. Was it the first to put holes through its pages? Probably not, but it worked very well. Kids like sticking their fingers in things - genius!

Anyhow - this is one HUNGRY caterpillar! He puts a hole through everything be it a slice of watermelon (or wacca menon
Nov 30, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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Jun 26, 2008 Manual rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a good read
Recommended to Manual by: Bill Bryson
Shelves: fiction
A deeply touching saga of the hardship of a young catapillar's life.
The main character has to overcome his ravenous appetite on his jouney to become a butterfly.
There were were in my eyes and laughter too as I jouneyed with the catapillar in the greatest epic ever told.
We had much to learn from the noble catapillar.
Feb 18, 2009 Manny rated it did not like it
Shelves: children
I know everyone's supposed to love this book, but I just don't see what's so great about it. The character of the caterpillar is never properly developed, and he comes across as a one-dimensional parody of a larval form. The plot is dull and predictable, as is the language. I'm not thrilled by the artwork.

If it weren't for the fact that George W. Bush praised Caterpillar so highly, I'd unhesitatingly call it vacuous, uninspired rubbish. I must be missing something, but what?
Mar 07, 2008 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I believe this book is THE MAJOR CAUSE of the childhood obesity epidemic currently sweeping the nation. Still, nice illustrations.
Destinee Sutton
Apr 15, 2014 Destinee Sutton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
SPOILER! He turns into a butterfly.
Oct 24, 2007 Pirate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-books
kids: 3
times I've read this book: zillions
times I've loved reading this book: every single one
Mar 22, 2012 Kirk rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Gluttons
Recommended to Kirk by: Three year old at library (actually I just pushed him down and stole the book from him)
"Fat is Beautiful"
Susan Albers, Psy.D.

"Eat like a f*cking pig for a week straight, and you will emerge more beautiful than ever before"
Eric Carle (liberal paraphrase of The Very Hungry Caterpillar)

If anything positive can be said of Eric Carle's septic celebration of American gluttony, it's that it does a wonderful job of idealizing the pig-like attributes of our population. Throughout the story, the caterpillar gnaws through food products ten times his size. He starts off on an admirable foo
MJ Nicholls
Nov 30, 2012 MJ Nicholls marked it as getting-even
Excised from this edition is the chapter where the caterpillar, crazy with starvation, climbs onto a sleeping frog, burrows into its brain and becomes the frog’s Slave Master. Slowly, the caterpillar uses the frog’s brain to intimidate the other amphibians using a Stalinist diktat that leads to a mass cull of water boatmen and a systematic persecution of water rats until the mallards, mad with rage, march on the frog armies in a violent, feathery uprising that leaves eight million swans dead and ...more
Ben Rawson
Sep 12, 2007 Ben Rawson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: tanesbooks
I this book we learn that caterpillars, like humans, enjoy eating junk food, but are probably better off just eating leaves, like humans...

I remembered always reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” when I was small and I have always loved the sweet nature of this book. I still love this book to this very day! “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is a popular children’s book by Eric Carle and it is about how a very hungry caterpillar starts eating everything in its path. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is truly a cute and extraordinary book about food that children will love for many years!

Eric Carle has certainly done a great job at both ill
No. 199 on the BBC's Big Read

Holey Shit. Okay, I don't really know what to say about this er... book, because I must've been about five when I first read it. I'm working my way up the BBC's Big Read, and so I re-read it. Except I genuinely feel lost for words, and trust me when I tell you, that never happens. However, I do remember enjoying the book as a kid, so I'm going to let my original rating stay. (Also, food porn, anyone?)

Anyway, so we have a very hungry caterpillar here, and he eats thro
Feb 14, 2012 Jimmy rated it it was amazing
Very differcult read. recommended for advance readers only.
Jul 20, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: big and little kids alike
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: hundreds of kids before me can't be wrong
Recently I have noticed a spate of Goodreaders (you know who you are K.D), poking around looking for their inner child and enjoying a few kids story books. Personally my inner child has been buried under years of bitter, twisted cynicism and the daily need to verbally abuse engineers and construction workers for exhibiting levels of stupidity that a child of Hungry Caterpillar reading age might find ridiculous. However the tiny squeaking cry of my inner child is still loud enough for me to hear ...more
Mar 19, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, classics
Forgot how wonderful this book is. With beautiful illustrations and a story all can understand, it's a favorite for my 5 yr old and my twin 2 yr olds. If you're one of those ppl that use the library often and only keep the special and unique for your own, you'll want to make this one part of your collection.
Amar Pai
May 27, 2010 Amar Pai rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
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Isa Lavinia
Dec 31, 2014 Isa Lavinia rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-mg, cozy
Yes, I know, I have never, ever read this book before - it just wasn't a book available for some european kids.
And we were missing out!

I admit I become interested in this book after seeing this on tumblr:

I felt this on a deep spiritual level.

The book did not disappoint.
A very hungry caterpillar eats its way through a wide variety of foodstuffs, teaching children how to count, and the days of the week, while doing so.
I bet the puncholes are super awesome for little kids, I myself was fascinate
Aug 15, 2010 Stephen rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
3.0 stars. This is one Children's book that I did not read as a child but it was a favorite of my now five year old daughter and I must have read and enjoyed it a hundred times.
Amy (Other Amy)
12/21/15: I got this last night for Nephew. This particular edition has cardboard pages with holes bored through where the caterpillar has been eating. I'm hoping he will like the tactile presence of the book. I know he will like the bright colors.
Update 1/4/16, post-holiday evaluation: Nephew LOVED this book. He had quite a stack of books under the Christmas tree this year. This was the first one he picked up. Later, after he climbed into mom's lap for a while, he pulled this with him an
Quang Khuê
Aug 19, 2016 Quang Khuê rated it really liked it
Cuốn này có tiếng Việt. Hôm nọ mình và Hà đọc trong nhà sách phương Nam. Chuyện kể về một chú sâu ham ăn linh tinh và khuyên con nít không nên ăn linh tinh.

Nhưng ăn linh tinh cũng vui mà.
Sep 19, 2016 Ellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tot nu toe is dit de favoriet van mijn voorleeskindje: weinig tekst, veel tekeningen en makkelijke woorden. Een echte klassieker.
Sep 10, 2011 Nazrul rated it it was amazing
A good children’s book is full of wonderful and eye catching illustration with a entertaining and humerous storyline. Eric Carle’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has all this and more.

The story is based on a hungry caterpillar who eats his way through the different days of the week (and the pages) enjoying different types of food; from fruits to swiss cheese to chocolate and ice cream, and not surprisingly, the caterpillar ends up with a stomach ache which is then relieved by a green leaf. T
Sara Darr
Sep 17, 2011 Sara Darr rated it it was amazing
I remember this book being read to me when I was child and it is still an all-time favourite story of mine. It is suited for EYFS and KS1. The illustrations in this book are so eye catching and vibrant that they really make the story come to life! It is the story of a caterpillar's journey in becoming a butterfly.

Another cross curricular book with limitless activities from writing their own 'The Very Hungry...' book, counting, adding and subtracting, healthy eating, life cycle, symmetry/patterns
Feb 09, 2009 James rated it really liked it
Dang you caterpillar... Now Im hungry!

In all seriousness, I loved this book as a child and I have read it to my children many times.
Nov 11, 2015 Ilse rated it it was amazing
Read this to my kids as well haah for an activity!
Dean Barber
Jul 01, 2013 Dean Barber rated it really liked it
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a short fiction book based on the life of a new born caterpillar and his appetite and need for food.

The story concludes with the caterpillar eating his way out of his 'small house' or 'cocoon' only for the reader to discover that he is now a 'beautiful butterfly'.

This classic story is perfect for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage or Key Stage One. The bright and vibrant colours alongside the progressive nature of the text engage a young reader and invite
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Apr 08, 2015 Claire (Book Blog Bird) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: standalone
I've read this seventeen times today. Seventeen. I counted each time it was being pushed gently but insistently into my face by a pudgy hand.

Luckily, it is one of the most awesome books of all time.

Is it a religious allegory? A metaphor for the increase of consumerism in modern society? Or is it simply the tale of a caterpillar who's a bit - you know - hungry?

Only had one issue with the book: what's a caterpillar doing, eating salami and chocolate cake? No wonder he felt better when he ate the n
Jun 04, 2008 Maria rated it it was amazing
I don't think much needs to be said about this book because I think pretty much everyone has read it. You know it's going to be special as soon as you touch the pages which are heavier than your average paper. From that point on it is virtuosity. The story is succinct, educational (you learn numbers, foods, and about butterfly life cycles), and beautiful. The author bio on the back cover says "His pictures for this book are cut and layered collages... overprinted with ink, crayon, and tempura". ...more
It's a classic and that's all I can really say about it! I read this countless times when I was younger, but I enjoyed even more now that I'm an adult.
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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“On Saturday, he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon

That night he had a stomach ache.”
“He built a small house, called a cocoon, around himself. He stayed inside for more than two weeks. Then he nibbled a hole in the cocoon, pushed his way out and...

he was a beautiful butterfly!”
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