Sleep Tight Very Hungry Caterpillar


Sleep Tight Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Published by Penguin Random House
Date: 2 April 2018
R.R.P. $16.99


‘Shhh…everyone is fast asleep on the farm.’ 

‘Who can you see cuddled up in the barn?’

There are not many of us that aren’t familiar with The World of Eric Carle books, The Hungry Little Caterpillar has to be one of his most popular and well known.  One of my favourites has always been Mister Seahorse because of how it teaches children about fish fathers, additional to the beauty of the acetate pages that reveal camouflaged creatures.  That was until now, with the recent publication of Sleep Tight Very Hungry Caterpillar I have a new favourite, I am totally charmed by this beautifully designed book.

As the board book is opened you’re greeted with the sun going down; on the adjoining page you discover a familiar creature under the first flap, the cricket from The Very Quiet Cricket.  More insects and animals from Eric Carle’s books will surprise the reader as they lift each flap, making each discovery a fun guessing game.  On each page the hungry caterpillar can be seeing making his way through the grass and reeds until he reaches his resting place for the night.


Like all Eric Carle books we are treated to a visual explosion of colour and whimsical illustrations that delight the senses.   The language is simple and tells a beautiful story about the hungry caterpillar heading to his bed upon some leaves, while saying goodnight to his friends along the way.

This book is warm, inviting and engaging and is perfect to share with your baby or toddler as they go down to bed for the night.

Thank you Penguin Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.


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