Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Little Caterpillar is one of the most recognisable and successful children's books of all time. This multi-award winning book was written and illustrated by American illustrator and children's book writer Eric Carle and it was published by the World Publishing Company in 1969. It is considered one of the greatest childhood classics of all time.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar tells the story of a freshly hatched caterpillar who is so hungry so he eats his way through an enormous amount of food over the course of a week and then he gets a tummy ache and spins a cocoon for himself where he emerges later on as a big handsome butterfly.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is famous for its bright colours and unique illustrations. Carle used paper collages to illustrate the book and a hole punch to demonstrate the caterpillar chewing through one thing after another.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been translated into over 62 languages and has sold more than 46 million copies since its publication which translates as one copy sold per minute. Eric Carle has received numerous awards for his work in children's literature including being nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2010 which is an international award for children's literature that has been called the Noble Prize for Children's Literature.