A lovely introduction to the perenially popular topics of minibeasts and life cycles, this book works equally well as a story book and as non-fiction. The little black caterpillar tarvels around the garden, looking enviously at the beauty and talents of the other creatures...but by the end of the tale, he too is beautiful. Children will love the quirky use of text to highlight special words. Each double page spread has a vibrant and beautifully detailed glossy watercolour illustration by Judith Blake, plus little 'extras' on each page of text. Child-friendly text and plenty to talk about make this a book to read over and over.