The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book

Eric Carle, Author, Eric Carle, Illustrator . Philomel $29.99 (14p) ISBN 978-0-399-25039-2

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.)

Reviewed on: 03/02/2009
Release date: 03/01/2009
Hardcover - 1 pages - 978-0-14-138506-8
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