Pops Goes the Caterpillar

In 2009 The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book was released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the book. The story is exactly the same, but the artwork pops up off the pages.

I originally searched for book reviews using the Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD). However, I found the database difficult to navigate and resorted to CUNY One Search. There I found a review from The Horn Book Magazine. The second review, from Publishers Weekly, I found from a simple Google search.

The two reviewers had different criticisms for the book’s design. The first reviewer complained about the layout of the book. “Saturday’s gorging is difficult to see without holding the book at an awkward angle…” says Carter (2009). She stated that while the book would be great for collectors, she recommends simply giving children the original one. The second review disagreed with Carter, stating that the pop-ups were “…vibrant and engaging…” (“The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book”, n.d.). However, the second review also stated that the book used too much white space, and that the pop-up edition looked sparse compared to the original.

While the reviews had different complaints in regards the book’s design, both agreed the dazzling butterfly that jumps off the final page of the book was a beautiful way to end the story.

Carter, B. (2009, July-August). Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book. The Horn Book Magazine, 85(4), 406.

Children’s Book Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book by Eric Carle, Author, Eric Carle, Illustrator . Philomel $29.99 (14p) ISBN 978-0-399-25039-2. (n.d.). Retrieved February 22, 2017, from http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-399-25039-2




2 thoughts on “Pops Goes the Caterpillar

  1. Thank for sharing your thoughts with me Jennifer. I find when doing story time with a young audience they love the anniversary version . It’s just more visually appealing to children. This is just for the sake of presentation. Honestly most of the children know the story before you read it anyway. I agree the ending is awesome.


    1. I’ve never done this book with a story time group. In the program I observed the librarian told the story on the felt board. I’m glad the pop-up book version has worked for you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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