The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • You'll adore the gorgeous illustrations of this much-loved caterpillar
  • Explores numbers, days of the week and time but, most importantly, gives children a sense of wonder
  • A short buggy book version is also available


Publisher: Puffin
Age group: Baby
Age group: Toddler
Age group: Preschooler

'My 8-month-old loves it when we count all the fruit...'

This is a must for all book collections, for children of any age. It was my husband and my favourite book and I've been reading this classic to my 8 month old since she was 2 months old and she adores it.

She loves it when we count all the fruit the caterpillar eats and she can turn the pages for each day. She gets really excited on Saturday when he eats all that food and gets super excited on the last page when he is revealed as a beautiful butterfly.

Sometimes she's so sad the book has finished that she cries!! I can't recommend this book enough, it's one of her favourites.

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What families say

My 4 month old son adores this book. We read it (at least twice) every night before bed. Whenever I show him the story he grins and gurgles and has started to try and turn the pages. The story structure and gorgeous pictures are great for tiny tots - a firm favourite in our house!

Rating: 5 star
19 April 2012

I bought this book when we were only trying for a baby...before I was even pregnant! I remember it from when I was little. My husband used to read it to my bump and now when we read it to our little girl she gives us big smiles...particularly when the caterpillar is still hungry! She loves looking at the bright colours of all the different foods and I'm sure she'll enjoy it for years to come.

Rating: 5 star
Grace's mam
10 February 2012

I loved this book when I was a little girl. I now have the great pleasure of being a mum and reading this with my son. At four months he already loves it and we read it at least once a day. He now reaches out to touch the pages and feel the holes in his board book.

Rating: 5 star
28 March 2013

My son adores this book, he brings it to me to read all the time, so much that I have had to repair it and we had it brand new and he's only 15 months! He enjoys turning the pages and his favorite page is what the caterpillar eats on Saturday!

Rating: 5 star
Mrs Spagetti picker-upper
1 September 2013

Anton has been reading this book since he was 3 weeks old. At first he liked chewing it, then he liked sticking the fingers in the holes and now, as he knows it off by heart, he enjoys reading it to his baby sister.

Rating: 5 star
Anne Grant
22 March 2013

This became my daughter's favourite book very soon after we bought it when she was 6 months old. She loved the story, especially the beautiful butterfly! Now she loves being able to turn the pages and put her fingers on the holes

Rating: 5 star
2 October 2012

My husband and I love reading this book as it is a classic from our childhoods. Our son seems to love it and wants to turn the pages though at the moment 5 months old. It does teach days of the week, numbers, colours, foods and of course the progression of caterpillar to butterfly :) An absolute must have for all children's bookshelves.

Rating: 5 star
15 August 2012

Who doesnt love reading this book? My daughter loves to look at this book, its so colourful. Its a wonderful book to read to a little one, she just cant wait to see whats on the next page. The book we have has a puppet caterpillar in it,which of course makes it that much more fun.

Rating: 5 star
5 May 2012

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