jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG   Saturday 1st February 2020

Hi, Ewan here.

This week at school I am mainly reading ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle.

I am in my second term at school and I just love it. It is one of the best things I have ever done in life. May be even better than:

  1. Watching an Angry Birds Movie
  2. Going to Legoland
  3. Going to the seaside
  4. Scoring a goal in football
  5. Starring in School Nativity
  6. White Post Farm
  7. Starring in the White Post nativity as a shepherd
  8. Feeding a real live lamb
  9. Breaking the world speed record riding my bike
  10. Snow
  11. McDonalds
  12. Irritating Brother Rory
  13. Being a sat-nav in Mamma’s car
  14. Opening my presents Christmas morning
  15. Opening presents on my birthday
  16. My birthday parties and cakes
  17. Having Arfur as a best mate
  18. Arfur’s birthday party
  19. My tablet to learn and play games on
  20. Playing with all my cousins
  21. Reading books and having books read to me
  22. Watching Blippi on TV
  23. And watching films at the cinema
  24. And loads and loads of other things that would take me up to 999,999,999 to mention.

Although there are lots of good things in that list, I really need to think about this carefully. Sometimes school sucks:

  1. When the teacher doesn’t do the subjects me and Arfur wants us to do.
  2. Or if she stops us messing about.
  3. Or if we have to have a holiday from school to spend a day babysitting Mamma and Grandad
  4. Or if my drawing and colourings turn out shit
  5. Or when my brilliant pieces of art creativity are put back in the re-cycle bin without my knowledge or permission.

Overall, I have to say to my cousins who are not yet at school you are missing out big time. Hurry up and start school, you are so missing out on life.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is my most favourite book in the world ever!

Although I suppose I do like the following as well:

  1. Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  2. The Whale and the Snail by Julia Donaldson
  3. Oi Dog by Kes Grey
  4. The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
  5. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
  6. The There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins
  7. The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
  8. Gorilla by Anthony Browne
  9. The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright and Jim Field
  10. Angry Birds In the Jungle Attacking A Gorilla and A Lion and A Dinosaur – There is no such book but I would love one to see who wins

Every night I read my book to Mum or Dad and they read to me. That’s fair.

Brother Rory has Chapter Books like Daisy books by Kes Grey or Harry Potter or like now he’s reading a David Walliams book (or Mum and Dad is to him) entitled ‘Awful Auntie’.

I can’t wait to read that book. I guess with a title like that it is about my Auntie NanNan. Or could it could be Auntie Debbie or even Auntie Parvene.

You just do not know until you read the book. Mum says the only way I can get to read the ‘Awful Auntie’ book is by reading my school reading books and then one a little bit more difficult one and another even more difficult until I’m reading Daisy books and then I can read the ‘Awful Auntie’ book.

I bet you are wondering what the Very Hungry Caterpillar is all about. Well, because I have read the book, I can tell you.

The book is about a very hungry caterpillar. He is so hungry he eats up everything. Oranges, plums, strawberries. He even eats through the page of the book in some books. Only some not all. I do not know how that works, do you?

At the end he gets so big and fat he turns into a butterfly. How amazing is that?

Grandad eats lots and lots… and lots. He eats loads more than the Very Hungry Caterpillar. He is massive because he’s been eating everything in sight for more than seventy years. I’m most surprised he has not eaten Mamma.

Even though Grandad has eaten so much he has not turned into a beautiful butterfly yet, but he is bound to do so one day. You cannot eat and eat and eat forever without turning unto a butterfly.

I love eating, especially McDonalds and pizzas and apples. My class at school is named Caterpillars. To be perfectly correct ‘Caterpillars 2’. So, I am a Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Although I eat a lot but not as much as Grandad, I think I will turn into a beautiful man. But the idea behind us being caterpillars in Caterpillar Class at school is that we are Very Hungry Caterpillars for knowledge and learning.

Obviously I am for just that. At school I learn loads and loads about:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Sums
  4. Life
  5. History
  6. The world, cities, towns villages
  7. PE
  8. Art
  9. Football
  10. People

And when I am so fat with knowledge on all these things I will turn into a knowledge butterfly and fly off into the world to do my own thing. Wow!

Although I have read the book and love the pictures Mamma and Grandad have a DVD entitled: ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories’.  They are narated by Roger McGough one of Grandad’s favourite poets and Juliet Stevenson

Eric Carle has written land illustrated lots of great books. Take a look here at a list of all his books:    ERIC CARLE – AUTHOR OF THE WEEK

This is a brilliant DVD and both Brother Rory and me just love to watch it, again and again… and again. All the stories are by Eric Carle, a fantastic writer and artist.

The five films included are:

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – This is exactly the same as the book but is a film. How do they do that? It works brilliantly. They just make the book come alive.
  2. The Mixed-up Chameleon – We have this as a book too. As you know chameleons change colour according to the background on which they stand. But this chameleon has a magic wish that allows him to change into any animal in the zoo he wishes which he feels have better lives than he. But he soon sees the downside and turns himself back to being a chameleon.
  3. I see A Song – This is weird but brilliant. I don’t have a book for this film. This man plays tunes on instruments and the tunes turn out as pictures. The film made me start seeing pictures when I listened to music. How weird is that? Grandad played me a Beatles track and I drew a picture of Red, The Angry Bird!
  4. Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me – We have the book for this film. A little girl asks her dad to get her the moon. He gets a really, really long ladder that reaches to the moon. He climbs the ladder, folds up the moon and brings it to her. I did not know you could get a ladder long enough to reach the to the moon. I thought you needed a space rocket. I think dad could take us to the moon for a holiday. I’m not scared of climbing ladders; they are good fun.
  5. The Very Quiet Cricket – This list is in order of my favourites on the DVD No.1 is my most favourite No.5 my least favourite. The reason I am not keen on this is that you can’t trust things that are not noisy.

I think you can see why I am a very hungry caterpillar for the very hungry caterpillar.

Last summer Grandad found some caterpillars on his rose bushes. They were exactly the same as the Very Hungry Caterpillar except they were smaller and did not have a red face. Grandad said the one in the book had a red face because it was embarrassed about the amount he had eaten. My face never goes red, nothing embarrasses me. But Grandad says it will do as I get older and get involved with girls.

I wanted to keep a caterpillar as a pet.

Grandad said I couldn’t because he said I can’t be trusted to take it for a walk every morning before I go to school. And would I throw sticks for it to retrieve. I told him I thought he was getting confused with a ‘dogerpillar’.

He still said no as his roses needed them.

Oh, well this is not going to improve my reading skills so that I can graduate on to the Awful Auntie book. So, if you’ll excuse me, I must go and carry out my reading practice.

See you soon.

Bye Bye Ewan.



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