The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Book - 1985?
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Follows the progress of a very hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Philomel Books, [1985?]
ISBN: 9780399213014
Characteristics: [22] pages :,color illustrations ;,10 x 13 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

May 12, 2017

As an avid reader of children books from the time I was a kid to even now as a young adult, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a well-deserved classic and an amazing story.  Author Eric Carle’s simple and amusing plot takes you along the journey as the caterpillar blossoms into a beautiful butterfly. This is the perfect book for young children learning or teenagers in a nostalgic mood.  I really do think The Very Hungry Caterpillar is beautifully illustrated, written, and a great read regardless of your age. 3.7 out of 5.
-@freshprinceofbooks of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Apr 04, 2017

best book forever!!! we read this book for 2 years and every time it is so amazing!

Jan 14, 2017

I picked up this book for some of my students! They really loved it as much as I did as a child! This book is great for teaching about caterpillars and butterflies, numbers, and foods. The kids love the different length pages and the holes! Really fun!

LoganLib_Stacy Jun 18, 2016

My favourite book as a kid- it's a classic!

Jun 14, 2016

My two year old adores this book. We get him to identify all the foods the very hungry caterpillar eats on Saturday, and he always beats us to exclaiming that it turns into "a beautiful butterfly!"

TSCPL_KyleM Jun 02, 2016

This classic still holds up!

PimaLib_Kids Mar 09, 2016

I love the caterpillar because it eats a lot and turns into a butterfly. ~Lilian, age 3

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

Pop! A hungry caterpillar hatches one day and so begins a week long feast and his eventual transformation into something beautiful.

PimaLib_BeccaB May 08, 2015

I have this one memorized. It's always a hit at storytime.
Makes a great feltboard story!

Apr 22, 2015

A good book is illustrated by colorful pictures. My kids were excited with marvelous transformation of life cycle, from a caterpillar to a butterfly.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

Jan 14, 2017

csrestall thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and under

alanamccausland Jun 06, 2016

alanamccausland thinks this title is suitable for 6 years and under

TSCPL_KyleM Jun 02, 2016

TSCPL_KyleM thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 6

May 30, 2016

indigo_monkey_316 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 3

Apr 22, 2015

pnaduy thinks this title is suitable for 2 years and over

johnmagda Oct 22, 2014

johnmagda thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 5

black_crow_59 Jul 07, 2014

black_crow_59 thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over

white_deer_64 Jul 07, 2014

white_deer_64 thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

red_lion_1061 Jul 06, 2014

red_lion_1061 thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and under

Sep 22, 2013

waltzingechidna thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and under

View All Ages


Add a Summary

Jan 14, 2017

This book shows the life cycle of the caterpillar from egg to butterfly. It also teaches numbers and counting with all of the foods that the caterpillar eats in the middle of the story.

Jan 11, 2016

The journey of life so cleverly use in the metamorphoses process a caterpillar takes. Great color Illustrations. I know this is a story I remember from reading to my children now 40 years later I am reading it to my granddaughter and she just loved it with all kind of question and a nature walk to go with it.

vernessa7 Jun 03, 2013

The caterpillar eats a lot of stuff and gets a stomachache and then builds a cocoon and become a beautiful butterfly by michael

Mar 10, 2013

This is a story about a caterpillar who eats something everyday of the week and he is still hungry each day until Saturday when he got a stomach ache He ate a leaf on Sunday and felt better he became a fat caterpillar who became a beautiful butterfly.


Hopper the elephant and Wilson the mouse wonder one day what exactly they might find at the end of the world. Determining that there’s a good chance of finding lemonade there, the two set out in a little boat with only a red balloon for company. Along the way they are caught up in a sudden squall and the two friends are separated. Wilson searches high and low for Hopper, until at last a friendly bird leads the two to one another. Continuing their journey (minus one red balloon) they find themselves back at their old dock. The end of the world is also the beginning. And for that the two of them could not be happier.


Add a Quote

alanamccausland Jun 06, 2016

“On Saturday, he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon.

That night he had a stomach ache.”

Mar 10, 2013

"Then he nibbled a hole in the cocoon, pushed his way out and he was a beautiful butterfly'


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at Library

To Top