HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 3rd June 2019
1969 was exactly fifty years ago and was a vintage year. Man landed on the moon on 20th July 1969, Liz Woolley was born December 1969 and The Very Hungry Caterpillar was first published on 3rd June 1969.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a children’s picture book designed, illustrated, and written by Eric Carle, first published by the World Publishing Company in 1969, later published by Penguin Putnam. It features a caterpillar who eats his way through a wide variety of foodstuffs before pupating and emerging as a butterfly. The winner of many children’s literature awards and a major graphic design award, it has sold almost 50 million copies worldwide. It has been described as having sold the equivalent of a copy per minute since its publication. It has been described as “one of the greatest childhood classics of all time.” It was voted the number two children’s picture book in a 2012 survey of School Library Journal readers. (Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963) was No.1)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar uses distinctive collage illustrations (Carle’s third book, and a new style at the time), ‘eaten’ holes in the pages and simple text with educational themes – counting, the days of the week, foods, and a butterfly’s life stages. There have been a large number of related books and other products, including educational tools, created in connection to the book. The caterpillar’s diet is fictional rather than scientifically accurate, but the book introduces concepts of Lepidoptera life stages where transformations take place including the ultimate metamorphosis from ‘hungry caterpillar’ to ‘handsome butterfly’, and it has been endorsed by the Royal Entomological Society.
Author Eric Carle
Illustrator Eric Carle
Cover artist Derrick
Country United States
Genre Children’s literature (Children’s picture book)
Publisher World Publishing Company (US)
Hamish Hamilton (UK)
Publication date June 3, 1969
Here are some of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s claims to fame:
In 2000, George W. Bush read the book at primary schools while campaigning for the presidency, calling it his favorite childhood book
In one episode of Midsomer Murders called “The Ballad of Midsomer County”, Sarah Barnaby shows this book to a male babysitter, telling him that the daughter likes it for bedtime.
The book is referenced in a famous parody song “The Reading Rainbow” performed by Jimmy Fallon.
In one episode of Mad called “Fast Hive”, Tigger and Piglet fly out of the Winnie the Pooh book and end up in this book, where the Very Hungry Caterpillar gives them some honey.
In one episode of Dexter, Dexter’s son is said to have read The Very Hungry Caterpillar with his nanny.
In one episode of Skins, Chris Miles tells Jal the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and adds that he often read the story after his brother’s death.
In one episode of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson finishes a lap of a race and reads this book out loud before Richard Hammond finishes a lap.
The book is mentioned by Goss, a villain from China Miéville’s 2010 novel Kraken as a typical example of children’s literature.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar made a cameo in the “Book People Unite” commercial towards the end in the crowd of literary characters.
In the T.U.F.F. Puppy episode “Guard Dog”, the Chameleon made a parody of the book called The Very Lonely Lizard, in which the lizard goes several places to make a friend, but he couldn’t find any and was arrested for various crimes, such as shoplifting and loitering and, at the end of the book, ends up never finding a friend.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.”
Happiness is…a well written and drawn children’s picture book
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
If practice makes perfect, and nobody’s perfect, why practice?
Love is… not just someone you want to be with, but someone you can’t bear to be without.
TRACK OF THE DAY
Eleanor Rigby – Beatles (Double A side with Yellow Submarine)
Highest Chart Position: No.1 18th August 1966
WHAT DAY IS IT?
Monday 3rd June 2019
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