The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- You'll adore the gorgeous illustrations of this much-loved caterpillar
- The story teaches about numbers, days of the week and time but, most importantly, gives children a sense of wonder
- A short buggy book version now available
'We've read this so many times the ink is coming off the pages!'
This was Zackary's first ever book and we read it to him from the day he was born. He's 15 months old no and this is undoubtedly his most favourite book. It has been read that many times the ink is coming off the pages in places! This would be our number recommendation as a book for any child. It's fun, colourful, and interactive. It helps teach numeracy and days of the week. Amazing book :)
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
My son's had this book since he was 5 months old and always loved it. It's still his favourite and can imagine it will remain so for a lot longer. He's 10 months old now and he brings me the book to read to him, he loves the smaller pages with the fruit cause he can turn them very quickly and is quite in awe of the beautiful butterfly at the end. Just the sweetest!
We love reading this book, we have a very hungry caterpillar puppet to do the actions and have even been to see it in the theatre, my lo is 10 months now and loves turning the page ready for the next day :-)
We started to read Ruth this book when she was tiny. It was the first book she actually looked at properly and tried to touch, on the page with the big sun. She still likes it now she's 11 months, although she mainly prefers touch and feel books at the moment.
My son loved me reading this book to him, he loved the colours! sat there quietly and enjoyed a good read with his mom. Even giggled at the part where he turns into a butterly. very good book i also loved it when i was a child!
My son loves reading this book a lot. First, I shared the book with him. Then, I found a sound book version from the library and after that, he has started to tell the story in his own words, quite adorable. From this book, he has learnt many new words. A must-have in every little one's bookshelf.
My baby adores this, he has the pop up version, the finger puppet version and the "Very Hungry Caterpillar Little Library" set, he giggles whenever we read about what the caterpillar ate :) such a lovely book with beautifully coloured illustrations, was a favourite of mine when I was younger :)
I got this book for daniel at 5 months old. He loves the colours now he is 11 months old – he likes to turn the pages and gets excited everytime he sees the book. I even had to get him the finger puppet with the book so he can play with it
I've always loved this book from being small myself and I think it's one of the books that most people know, my little one loves touching the pages especially the butterfly!
Both Mollie and i love reading this book together. As she likes looking at all the colours on the pages and especially when the caterpillar turns into a butterfly. I loved the book myself as a child, so it was great reading it to her and sharing this book with her.
Olivia loves reading the book with mummy & daddy. She loves all the colours and also points to all the food the caterpillar eats when we read it to her. A classic for all ages.
My son has just turned 1 and he loves this book! We got this book when he was born as a present and have been reading it nearly every day every since, he always gets it out of his book basket and brings it over for me to read him.
He likes now to try and put his fingers in the holes that the caterpillar has munched. He also loves seeing the butterfly at the end, I make the book flap and he laughs. I am a nursery nurse and have never meet a child yet who didn't enjoy this story its fantastic!
I asked for this at Christmas and our son really loves it when I make munch munch noises when the caterpillar is eating all the fruit etc. as well turning the pages & touching the holes. Lovely and colourful.
This was one of my all time faves when i was little. I promised myself i would buy this for my own child which i did, and he loves the story for himself. As he gets older he keeps finding more things to explore. Absolute classic.
My son & I have been enjoying this book together since he was about 1. He is now 2 1/2 and we both count the food together now.
This was my favourite book as a child and I have been so pleased to be able to share it with my children. My older daughter loved it and my little one loves it, too. We count all the fruit and poke our fingers through the holes. The illustrations are as fresh today as they looked to me as a child, beautiful, colourful and magical!
I remember this book from when I was young so it was one of the first books I bought to read to my own daughter who's now 2. She loves the story and can't wait to see the butterfly at the end. Iv also had to buy it in a large board version has she likes to put her finger through all the holes and pretend the caterpillars nibbling her. She names all the foods and counts them. It's a book we will both love sharing for many years.
This is one of my daughter's favourites. She loves to listen to it with her sister. She loves showing off to us her counting and numer skills, while her sister helps her with the days of the week. It's a great little book.
My little one loves this book I have lost count the number of times we have read it. He likes sticking his fingers though the holes where the caterpillar has been.
My son loves this book. we have been reading it to him since about 6 months and he's 2 now, and starting to help read it. he can now count to 3 because of this book, so a brilliant book to buy
I have shared this story many times with my little boy. He loves counting the items of food, but most of all he enjoys saying "but he was still hungry". My son never gets bored with this story, every time I read it he finds a new way to join in the story. For example he has now started to act out the story as I read it to him.
The pictures are big, bright and colorful which makes it very attractive to young children. I particularly like the repetition of words/phrases which allows the young child to join in.
Fabulous book! We bought this for Harry when he was about six months old. Our friend also bought him the finger puppet version. It is a great book for learning numbers, days of the weeks, colours, everything! This book was another of my favourites when I was little :)
I used to love this book as a child, and absolutely love reading it to my son, who also loves it. His favourite page is the one with all the food on and he likes to name them all. This is a fantastic book
This was Sophie's first book which her nanny bought for her - my husband read it to her every day for a week when she was only a few weeks old - wonderful cherished memories - I look forward to when she can read it back to us. A must have to any childs book shelf!
this is one of my favorite books i liked it when i was little and i read it to my son his nearly 3 months and when i read it to him he make's munching noises when caterpillar's eating and smiles and this book is really good for learning to count.
Even though Ava is 8 months she loves this book. We have a few versions but she loves the finger puppet one best so far
I heard so many good reviews of this book that I could not stop myself from making this as my first borrowed book from the library. Worth as said, its an amazing book to share. My 2 year old son loved turning the pages, found it very colourful and could not resist thinking about the things that the caterpillar ate. All in all its a fab book that can be shared with any age group :)
This is one of my son's favourite books he loves it when me or his daddy reads it to him, he likes the bit at the end the beautiful butterfly.
Lily enjoyed naming the different foods the caterpillar eat. She loves to share the story as well as looking at the book herself
My little girl enjoys the sound book version of this classic book. She loves pressing the button at the tun of every page. Beautiful illustrations and a lovely story. A great book.
My son loves this book, he actually knows it word for word. He really enjoys reeling off all the foods! Would really recommend.
A classic book that I read and that I can read to my son. The kids love the colorful pictures and it is an easy read for early learners.
My son love this book, I've been reading it to him since he was 3months old, he is now 6months and enjoys listening to me reading the book, and love the bright colours. He has the very hungry caterpillar blankets, bibs, teething toys and pram toys. Hungry caterpillar crazy!
My husband and I bought this for our daughter soon after she was born, both remembering how much we loved it ourselves as children. Now our little girl at six months old is enjoying being read to and looking at the bold colours and watching as we point to the food, counting the pictures.
We love it and counting all the fruits....and discoverying the butterfly...magic
Was so excited about this as I loved this book when I was younger. My 10 month old has had this read to him since birth and loves the illustrations. A classic that will be around forever. The best parts are about the food it eats - good for learning.
I loved this book as a child & both my children love it too. My daughter counts along & now even reads it herself (she can't read but knows it that well you'd think she could) Its one that every child should have!!
My 6 month old son loves this book as he can pull and tag at the caterpillar puppet and he likes the texture of caterpillar puppet. I'm sure as he grows he'll come to love the story just as much.
I first borrowed a Very Hungry Caterpillar story sack from the library and later I gifted my elder one with this. He was so impressed by the caterpillar, he keeps repeating how the caterpillar goes and eats food and then finally how it turns to a beautiful butterfly. He tells the story to me many times!
A great interactive book my 2 year old loves it and has loved it since i got it when he was 4 months old. A timeless classic
My mummy read me this book after my bath. I really enjoyed it and liked the bright colours in the last page.
This is baby bear Murphy's favourite bedtime read which just calms him down for a restful nights sleep. It even comes on holiday with us.
My 3yr old started reading this story at nursery and was telling me about. brought her copy of her own so she read it at home. i like it when she can tell me what the caterpillar has eaten.
This is an absolute family favourite....how could anybody dislike this great book....
A delightful book and a favourite in our house...our eldest loves to count the fruit and our youngest loves to poke it.
Jeremiah read this book in school and explained it to me, even though i havent reread it. At reception he was given a homework based on the story of the hungry caterpillar; so its my son rating it and He says He loves it.
its a great book to read to your kids, my son sometimes squeals along with me whilst i read to him n he tries to turn the pages
This was one of my all time favourite books as a child. I now read it to my son who is 4 months old, I think this book can be enjoyed by all ages. The bright colours are great for babies and the story is fun and educational. I would recommend to all new parents.
me any my 4 month old son read this book. at first i thought he was too young but he loved and smiled all the way through brilliant book
my 2 year old son loves this book and tells me all the different food the catapilla is eating
This was a favourite of mine when I was little. Now I read it to my 2 year old daughter and 1 year old son, They both love it, especially when the hungry catipillar turns into a beautiful butterfly. The colours and pictures in this story are brilliant, very eye-catching to children, and the story is super exciting for them too! Maybe, other children can look in the garden for the hungry catipillar like mine do haha!
I bought this book with some number cubes that are also a jigsaw puzzle of the caterpillar, so Amy and Samuel can also learn numbers and match the picture together, great fun !
This book really is great and stands the test of time. My partner and I both loved it when we were young and my daughter loves it now. Great pictures and lots of colours to capture the imagination of little ones.
This was a must when I was a child so I was glad it was still around, good to read and try and count with but who doesn't like counting all the yummy food?
i have read this to my son since he was 6 months old,showing him the colours and pictures. hes now 20mths old and loves it when we choose this book as our bedtime story.
I have read this book with my daughter on many occasions, probably just before she turned a year old when it was introduced. She likes looking at all the food the caterpillar ate and being able to see the caterpillar appear through the hole after eating its way through the food. Its a book that is suitable for all ages and its nice to share a book with my daughter that I used to read when I was younger
I bought this book for my son when he was about four months old. He is now six and a half months old and as i have the musical one he now knows if you press the button it makes a noise! One of my old favourites. He also loves it and cant wait to turn the pages!
My daughter loves the feel of the holes in the fruit! One of her favourites with beautiful illustrations.
My son loves this story and names most of the food that is eaten on each page and enjoys counting each item too.
I have read this book with both My children and there is a 10 and half age gap. My eldest still enjoys Listening to the book and at time she like to read it to her sister. I like it as it is a timeless classic and teaches children different things in one book.
Love this book bright colours for Alfie and he loves me reading to him
We made a caterpillar and fruit, and printed a beautiful butterfly. We used these props to the tell the lovely story :)
I remember this book when I was little, I absolutely loved this story and I intend to buy it for my 2 children
We have just started reading this book and Ethan loves it. He also has a hungry caterpillar breakfast bowl and loves to see the caterpillar appear as he eats his cereal. He also loves it when I explain that the caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly!
I love reading this book with my 6 month old daughter it's a great book for her to learn her baby sign with too.
Baby loves this such bright pictures the copy we got even has a little caterpillar toy which he plays with as we read the story. Really enjoyable real family favourite
Our son is doing this topic at nursery. He finds this book very exciting and can't wait to go into nusery and tell the teachers what we have read together ready for an afternoon lesson. Great book for counting.
This is my daughters favourite book, i think we read it to her about 7 times a day an she also read it to me an her dad (tries to read it as shes 22 months old lol) its learnt her to say the fruit an food in the book, aslo her favourite word is now catarpillar :)
There's a reason this is a classic, my son loves it, and I quite enjoy the illustrations. One to keep and treasure for certain.
We love this book and even made a game up with paper cut outs of the food that my little one could thread a caterpillar through as he retold the story, a firm favourite in our household
My son loves this book being read to him,he loves all the bright colours!
Everyone in our house loves this book. My daughters favourite page is the one with the "big, fat caterpillar"! A great book to share and talk about.
Our little one was born very small and then was very hungry and put on a lot of weight very quickly. Daddy read this book comparing him with the caterpillar and he loves it. Timeless favorite book
A wonderful book to look at and read,we enjoy the bright colours and the great sound effects which we add to the story
She loves putting her fingers through the holes to count the fruit
My son shares this with his friends and cousins, and his version is the sound version, and interacts so well with the sound button using his pointing finger! Sometimes we read it 17 times in one sitting just so that he can do his 'bit'! and he is only 10months!
Tommy loves this book and has always enjoyed it since being a baby. A lovely read and interactive. A favourite for years to come.
I love this book- its a classic. We have read this a few times- its not my little boys favourite, but he does enjoy story time.
Loves to help turn the pages and see what the caterpillar has eaten next. really enjoyed this story
Freya loves this book, and anything to do with animals in general! She loves the pictures and the bright colours. A winner!
My daughter has the finger puppet version of this she's only 6 weeks old but she loves it.
My 14 month old daughter loves sticking her fingers inside all the food the caterpillar is eating. The last page is the favourite though. The bright coloured butterfly fascinates her.
My little girl loves this book. She is 14 months and now likes to turn the pages as we read the book! She loves all the colours!
My sister read this to my son and he seemed to be confused by the holes in the book haha. But it was great cause my sister counted each thing that the caterpillar ate and with all the great colours I think he enjoyed it :).
This book is wonderful. Bright colours and you can also get a finger puppet version for even more fun at reading time.
my son michael really enjoyed this book. he likes the bits about all the food the caterpiller eats. he loves the end bit when it turns in to the butterfly. its really educational to young children teaching them how nature works
I like putting my fingers in the holes like the caterpillar eating the fruit and learing the days of the week.
I loved this book as a kid and can remember reading. I also brought this book when my son was a year and a half and he loved it, he hardly put it down and still enjoys looking at now at nearly 3 years old
I loved this book when I was little, so added it to the collection of books for my little boy when he was born!
Fantastic book! My daughter was soon able to 'read' this book herself because it had been read to her so many times.
We love this book. We used to read it to her when she was tiny, now she is older she loves reciting all the things the catetpillar loves to eat.
Loved this book, my son enjoyed when i made a munching sound when the caterpiller was eating all the various fruit.
Sophie loved this book so much at nursery that we had to buy it for home she loves it so much.