One of mine and my grandchildren’s favourite authors is Eric Carle, writer and illustrator of amongst many other books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar,

Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is an American designer, illustrator, and writer of children’s books. He is most noted for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a picture book that has been translated into more than 62 languages and sold more than 46 million copies, which is equivalent to 1.7 copies sold every minute since it was published. Since it was published in 1969 he has illustrated more than 70 books, most of which he also wrote, and more than 145 million copies of his books have been sold around the world. He won the biennial Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his career contribution to American children’s literature in 2003.

Eric Carle was born to Johanna and Erich Carle in Syracuse, New York. When he was six years old, his mother, homesick for Germany, led the family back to Stuttgart. He was educated there and graduated from the local art school, the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. Eric’s father was drafted into the German army at the beginning of World War II (1939) and taken prisoner by the Soviet forces when Germany capitulated early in 1945 (the end of the war). He returned home late in 1947 weighing 85 pounds. “When he came back, he was a broken man,” Carle told The Guardian years later. He was a “dead man, psychologically, physically devastated.”

Always homesick for the U.S., Eric dreamed of returning one day and moved to New York City in 1952 with only $40. There he landed a job as graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War and stationed in Germany[7] with the 2nd Armoured Division as a mail clerk.[5] After discharge he returned to his old job with The New York Times. Later he became the art director of an advertising agency.

A list of Eric Carle’s Works:

1965, Aesop’s Fables for Modern Readers (Peter Pauper Press) (illustrator)

1965, Nature Thoughts: A Selection (Peter Pauper Press) (illustrator)

1966, On Friendship: A Selection (Peter Pauper Press) (illustrator)

1967, Flower Thoughts: A Selection (Peter Pauper Press) (illustrator)

1967, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (illustrator)

1968, 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo

1969, The Very Hungry Caterpillar

1970, Pancakes, Pancakes!

1970, The Tiny Seed

1970, Tales of the Nincompoop (illustrator)

1970, The Boastful Fisherman (illustrator)

1971, Feathered Ones and Furry (illustrator)

1971, The Scarecrow Clock (illustrator)

1971, Do You Want to Be My Friend?

1972, Rooster’s Off to See the World

1972, The Very Long Tail

1972, The Secret Birthday Message

1972, Walter the Baker

1973, Do Bears Have Mothers Too? (illustrator)

1973, Have You Seen My Cat?

1973, I See a Song

1974, Split-page book collection:

My Very First Book of Numbers

My Very First Book of Colors

My Very First Book of Shapes

My Very First Book of Words

1974, Why Noah Chose the Dove (illustrator)

1974, All About Arthur

1975, The Hole in the Dike (illustrator)

1975, The Mixed-Up Chameleon

1976, Eric Carle’s Storybook, Seven Tales by the Brothers Grimm

1977, The Grouchy Ladybug

1978, Watch Out! A Giant!

1978, Seven Stories by Hans Christian Andersen (sequel to Seven Tales by the Brothers Grimm)

1980, Twelve Tales from Aesop

1981, The Honeybee and the Robber

1982, Otter Nonsense (illustrator)

1982, Catch the Ball!

1982, What’s for Lunch

1983, Chip Has Many Brothers (illustrator)

1984, The Very Busy Spider

1985, The Foolish Tortoise (illustrator)

1985, The Greedy Python (illustrator, companion to The Foolish Tortoise)

1985, The Mountain that Loved a Bird (illustrator)

1986, All Around Us

1986, Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me

1986, Group of small-format books:

My Very First Book of Sounds

My Very First Book of Food

My Very First Book of Tools

My Very First Book of Touch

My Very First Book of Motion

My Very First Book of Growth

My Very First Book of Homes

My Very First Book of Heads

1986, All in a Day (Mitsumasa Anno editor)

1987, A House for Hermit Crab

1988, The Lamb and the Butterfly (illustrator)

1988, Eric Carle’s Treasury of Classic Stories for Children

1989, Animals Animals (illustrator)

1990, The Very Quiet Cricket

1991, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (illustrator)

1991, Dragons Dragons (illustrator)

1992, Draw Me a Star

1993, Today Is Monday (illustrator)

1994, My Apron

1995, The Very Lonely Firefly

1996, Little Cloud

1997, From Head to Toe

1997, Flora and Tiger: 19 very short stories from my life

1998, Hello, Red Fox

1998, You Can Make a Collage: A Very Simple How-to Book

1999, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle

2000, Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too?

2000, Dream Snow

2002, “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth

2003, Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! (with Kazuo Iwamura)

2003, Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? (illustrator)

2004, Mister Seahorse

2005, 10 Little Rubber Ducks

2006, My Very First Book of Numbers

2007, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? (illustrator)

2008, The Rabbit and the Turtle

2009, Google logo design (illustrator)

2009, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Pop-Up Edition (40th Anniversary Tribute Book)

2011, The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse

2013, Friends

2014, What’s Your Favorite Animal?

2015, The Nonsense Show

2015, The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Christmas 1 2 3

2017, My First PEEK-A-BOO Animals

2017, Merry Christmas from the Very Hungry Caterpillar


What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. —Bob Dylan


Happiness is…doing only what you’ve ever wanted to do in life


Why did Ken keep his trumpet in the fridge? Because he liked cool music.


Love is…when he gives you a foot massage


Don’t Make Me Over – Dionne Warwick

Highest Chart Position: No.21 8th December 1962 on US Billboard Hot 100. She did not chart in the UK but Swinging Blue Jeans did reaching No.31 24th February 1966


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