7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Unexpectedly massive hit.,
This review is from: The Bad-tempered Ladybird (Picture Puffin) (Paperback)
To be honest, I've been avoiding this for a year or so because I thought Carle was a bit of a one-hit wonder, although I have another non-caterpillar book of his (Dream Snow) that I like. I've always loved the way his books look, and Caterpillar is about the best book for kids ever - covering days, numbers, sun and moon etc, while looking very beautiful and having a dash of wit. And this one just seemed at first glance to try to explain time, and the animals seemed too weird, and the Carle pictures seemed a bit complicatedly muddy for a toddler, so I left it.
But my mum bought it for my daughter yesterday and I read it to her. 'Read it again!'. I read it again. Five times in a row yesterday (until supper) and three times this morning. It is very witty and funny, DOES send out the right message to kids, and the new animals are welcome because toddlers know all the old animals by now. So she is newly fascinated by the praying mantis, the skunk, the wasp and the aphids. There's a lovely whale tail cut out at the end and you get to make a SMACK noise by clapping your hands, which your little terrorist will love (but don't worry, liberals! no intentional violence!) and it DOES teach you that being kind and sharing is the best thing to do or you will be humiliated, and it also teaches that standing up to bullies is a good idea because they might be scared off by your resolve and courage. It's a really really good book.