Synopses & Reviews
Ten little caterpillars are out and about in our big, wide world--come join them! You never know what you might find. . . . A butterfly, perhaps? andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Readers of all ages have celebrated the work of Bill Martin Jr and Lois Ehlert ever since their first collaboration on andlt;Iandgt;Chicka Chicka Boom Boomandlt;/Iandgt; more than twenty-five years ago. Now these two picture-book geniuses are together again in this dynamic and visually stunning counting-and-natural history picture book that's just perfect for reading aloud--and comes complete with a glossary filled with intriguing information about all of the caterpillar stars!
"Originally issued in 1967 with different illustrations, Martin's caterpillar counting rhyme has been given new life with gorgeous and bold watercolor collages from his Chicka Chicka Boom Boom collaborator, Ehlert. Readers can't be blamed for seeing this as a companion to Eric Carle's classic caterpillar tale after all, the characters share membership in the Lepidoptera order and a highly stylized, vibrantly handmade aesthetic. But the similarities end there. Martin's words shape 10 vignettes, inspiring Ehlert to survey the world of backyard nature (unobtrusive labels identify flora and fauna). What's more, the 10 caterpillars are no carbon copies: each is modeled on a different species (a handsome visual glossary details feeding habits and provides examples of the butterflies or moths they eventually become). But it's the frequently unsalubrious fates of the caterpillars that are most striking. One is imprisoned in a jar ('The sixth little caterpillar was carried off to school'), three are potential meals, and only one becomes a butterfly. This is a graphically sumptuously book, but the lesson is clear: nature is one tough town. Ages 2 6. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Ten little caterpillars are on the move in this fun new counting book from the creators of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
About the Author
Bill Martin Jr (1916andndash;2004) has been called andldquo;Americaandrsquo;s favorite childrenandrsquo;s author.andrdquo; He wrote more than 300 books for children, including the classic texts andlt;iandgt;Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?andlt;/iandgt;, illustrated by Eric Carle; and andlt;iandgt;Chicka Chicka Boom Boomandlt;/iandgt;, illustrated by Lois Ehlert.Lois Ehlert has created numerous inventive, celebrated, and bestselling picture books, including andlt;iandgt;Chicka Chicka Boom Boomandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Scraps Bookandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Miceandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Ten Little Caterpillarsandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;RRRalphandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Lots of Spotsandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Boo to You!andlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Leaf Manandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Waiting for Wingsandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Planting a Rainbowandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Growing Vegetable Soupandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Color Zooandlt;/iandgt;, which received a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.