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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  323,187 Ratings  ·  6,264 Reviews
This mini hardcover edition of Eric Carle's classic story begins one sunny Sunday, when the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums--and still he was hungry. Strikingly bold, colorful pictures and a simple text in large, clear type tell the story of a hungry little caterpilla ...more
Hardcover, Miniature Edition, 32 pages
Published March 6th 1986 by Philomel Books (first published 1969)
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Chris
Dec 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rebecca
Aug 04, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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Mischenko
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eric Carle's books have a special place in my heart. The way he creates his illustrations makes them so colorful and appealing to all.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of our favorite books by him, but we enjoy them all equally. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Grouchy Ladybug, The Very Busy Spider, The Very Quiet Cricket, and Dream Snow are just a few of our most cherished Eric Carle books.

When you witness a toddler who can't read, recite all the words to these stories, you know
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James
Book Review
3+ of 5 stars to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a children's picture book published in 1969 and written by Eric Carle. I am sure someone read this book to me as a very small child, but I know for certain that I had it on my shelf and looked through it around 10-years old. It's a delight for all ages with the cute illustrations, the physical design of the book and the quirky personality of the caterpillar.

It's a useful tool to teach young children how a caterpillar grows up, eats all
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Manual
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Manny
Feb 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Kate
Feb 23, 2008 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.
Jean
Fun fact for today? A famous picture book, described as “one of the greatest childhood classics of all time” was actually inspired by … a simple hole punch!

Yes, incredibly, it’s true. The author remembers:

“One day I was punching holes with a hole puncher into a stack of paper, and I thought of a bookworm and so I created a story called ‘A Week with Willi the Worm.’”

But his editor suggested that readers may not like a green worm very much, and suggested a caterpillar instead. The idea appealed to
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Destinee Sutton
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
SPOILER! He turns into a butterfly.
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
On my quest for procrastination from reading that book, I stumbled upon The Very Hungry Caterpillar on YouTube. In this video, Eric Carle himself is reading the story.

This is not my first time with the caterpillar. I used to read it a lot when I worked with children. I like that it's short, that it helps them learn numbers and the days of the week. Now that I think of it, I did not have this for my son when he was small and learning to count. Shame on me.
Cyndi
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. H, my grandson, loves this book so much he turned it into a play. Great show! The critics (that would be me and his aunt) raved about it! 👏🏻
Pirate
Oct 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-books
kids: 3
times I've read this book: zillions
times I've loved reading this book: every single one
Alex
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, baby-books
RAPACIOUS CONSUMERISM WORKS!

EAT CAKE
BE BEAUTIFUL
Ben Rawson
Sep 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Jimmy
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very differcult read. recommended for advance readers only.
✨    jamieson   ✨
if u haven't read this book wyd !!!! absolutely iconic, 11/10 would recommend my first fave book

it follows a very hungry caterpillar as he navigates this cruel, cruel world in search for a decent feed. Everyday he must rise and eat in a terrible, repetitive cycle that teaches us early of the mundanity of the working week.

But do not worry, for at the end (spOILER ALERT !) he becomes a beautiful butterfly, and all the time he's spent existing and living within this capitalistic society which dema
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MJ Nicholls
Nov 30, 2012 marked it as getting-even  ·  review of another edition
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
Ayse
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
simple counting/bug life book, wish the drawings were more appealing
Anuradha
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
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Manybooks
As a three year old (in Germany, in 1969, thus in the same year the book was published), I absolutely adored Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar (or I should rather say that I loved the German version of the book, Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt and that I have in fact only read the English version but this once, being last week, at our local library). And if I rate the book with my memories of childhood and my inner child in mind, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is and always will be a full and gl ...more
Ronyell
Caterpillar

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
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Sams_D1
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eric Carle's 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' is art in its truest form. It influences minds at a young age and is a classic, for a good reason. While simple at surface, it complies to its target audience with stunning visuals and vibrant colors. The style of the art frolics in tandem with its engaging narrative. The pages are three-dimensional and interactive, guaranteed to entertain and warm the hearts of the cynical (e.g me).
The character arc of the caterpillar represents the unrealistic body im
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Maria
A very sweet little story.
Shovelmonkey1
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Isa Lavinia
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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midnightfaerie
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
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Stephen
Aug 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Renée Paule
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Very sweet and meaningful little book.
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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.”
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“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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