The Very Hungry Caterpillar Award-winning

by Eric Carle (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 3 - 6 years

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Rated 5/5 from 18 ratings

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Product description

Sweets. Fruits. Peepholes. A magical surprise. A classic interactive treat for little ones. Hey, smallies! Don’t miss this chance to get your paws on Eric Carle’s cutaway classic. We’ve never met a little person who wasn’t hungry for this book. Poke your fingers into the peepholes as you follow a very hungry caterpillar. He gobbles up one red apple, two green pears and three purple plums. But he’s still hungry! He snacks on chocolate cake, ice cream, Swiss cheese, salami, a lollipop, a cherry pie, a sausage and a cupcake. Will his fat little tummy ever be full? A fantastic surprise is in store…

  • Eric Carle’s truly iconic childhood classic
  • Over 41 million copies sold worldwide
  • A charming story full of things to discover
  • Interactive peepholes provide hours of fun

Product Details

Catalogue number

5259 in Rewards Catalogue 2019/20







Date published

November 28th, 2002

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 2.9; Lower years; 0.5 points

Other details
  • 28 pages


UK edition

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  1. saba
    on 19 September 2011


    this book made the children in my class very happy i love the pictures becausr they are great for children in reception!!!

    5out of 5
  2. Natasha, Scholastic Staff
    on 21 April 2011

    Timeless Classic

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a timeless classic that never fails to inspire first time readers. The story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar will live on for generations to come!

  3. teresa leung
    on 15 June 2009

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    It's fun and interesting with beautiful illustration.

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  1. Avatar owl 761790

    on 3 April 2018

    This book taught me how caterpillar’s grow. One of my favorite books

    5out of 5
  2. Ef owl thumb 8

    on 20 September 2016

    Charming tissue-paper pictures along with a good concept for early learning children.

  3. Pearl 113298

    on 4 March 2015

    I liked this book my best part is when the catapillar eats all the food

    5out of 5
  4. Storm 113293

    on 9 March 2014

    One of the first books i remember, i love this book, with colourful pop outs this book is great for young readers alike. If you haven’t yet read this, you haven’t lived a real childhood.

    5out of 5
  5. Croc 113527

    on 8 March 2014

    I used to love this book

  6. Goldie 113308

    on 7 March 2014

    Ive always loved this book and this was my mums favourite when she was small. Its easy to read and understand and I like all the food he eats

    5out of 5
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    on 4 March 2014

    This was one of my favourites when I was little, as it is a really fun book to read to people!

  8. Default avatar

    on 29 June 2013

    I didn’t like this book because it only had 2 pages

    1out of 5
  9. Pearl 113298

    on 12 June 2013

    I loved this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even though i’m not a little girl this book, to me, was amazing and funny.

    5out of 5
  10. Avatar crab 761750

    on 28 May 2013

    its my fav childhood book so far

    5out of 5
  11. Default avatar 807810

    on 26 April 2013

    it’s funny

  12. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 24 March 2013

    its caterpila tastic read it now if you hanent read it your missing out

  13. Avatar cat 761729

    on 8 March 2013

    One on the first books i owned and i still love it

    5out of 5
  14. Stargirl 113407

    on 6 March 2013

    amazing book with great illustrations

    5out of 5
  15. Dora thumb 222

    on 4 March 2013

    This is about a caterpillar who likes to munch different food.

  16. Pearl 113298

    on 4 March 2013

    This was a very firm favourite of mine when I was about three years old. It’s such a sweet story.

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    on 20 August 2012

    It was a intresting boock. He was so greed at fist i falt he was going to explod but he didnot.

    I loved itso mush i was lathing athter i read the boock.

    4out of 5
  18. Evie 113313

    on 24 June 2012

    good for children

    3out of 5
  19. Avatar cleopatra 761742

    on 7 March 2012

    My fave book of all time! I loved how the caterpillar turned into a butterfly!It was amazing. It’s a must read for every kid.

  20. Pearl 113298

    on 4 March 2012

    I like it when he eats all the food and when he turns into a butterfly!

  21. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 1 March 2012

    I read this book when I was younger. In fact, I read it a lot of times because it was such a good book! All of the foods that the Author has thought of and put into the book are really creative! I remember it always used to make me hungry and the way that the book was set out was great! Would definitely recommend this, mainly to a younger audience though :)

    5out of 5
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    on 1 March 2012

    this book is great how the pages all look life they have been eaten.

    4out of 5
  23. Default avatar

    on 16 February 2012

    This is by far one of my favourite picture books of all time. My preschool children love this book.

    5out of 5
  24. Hayley 113303

    on 24 July 2011

    a fun book for younger kids aged 2-7

    5out of 5
  25. Evie 113313

    on 2 June 2010

    I think the caterpillar is very greedy and funny.

    5out of 5
  26. Hungry cat thumb 231

    on 22 December 2009

    Everyone loves this classic book it amuses and entertains kids and adults of any age. the flaps make it more fun and reading less boring for kids! READ THIS! 5/5

    5out of 5
  27. Evie 113313

    on 3 October 2009

    I loved this book when I was 5-6 and i still do! Its so fun when there’s the flaps and all that! i love book with flaps and textures 100% i will never get tired of this book

    5out of 5
  28. Hayley 113303

    on 23 September 2009

    This book is great because it has flaps and holes which the children can interact with. Great stocking filler!

  29. Love stargirl 113412

    on 14 October 2008

    i loved this book it was good when i was little and it still is!!!!!!!! it’s very ineresting and very colourful.

    5out of 5
  30. Hungry cat thumb 231

    on 30 September 2008

    I really love this book because the caterpillar was so hungry he ate lots of different foods that it made him a big fat caterpillar.But that was ok because he turned into a beautiful butterfly!

    5out of 5
  31. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 13 September 2008

    when I was just about 6 this was brilliant

    5out of 5