These book reviews of Eric Carle’s books are done in order of our favourites. We certainly haven’t read everything by him, but we’re getting there!
The Hungry Caterpillar
I can’t say enough about this book. Eric Carles’ The Hungry Caterpillar is a classic for good reason. The book includes numbers, fruit, days of the week, and a bit of biology. Plus, the story itself is worth reading. Our board book has been much-loved and put back together several times. The text is very short, so it’s good for a starter book because you can get through the entire sentence before they flip the page!
Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me
The Goose is on a Moon kick and this book was a hit with her and me. Each page has a short sentence or two, and the story is very well told. Eric Carle’s book is a good contributor to learning about smaller and larger, up and down, long and short. I’m not sure if all versions of this book are pop-up, but I recommend the pop-up version if not. It’s uniquely done and really goes far to illustrate the relative sizes.
The Mixed Up Chameleon
Eric Carle’s The Mixed Up Chameleon covers colours and lots of animals. It also presents an interesting logical game, which lets your little one show off how much they understand than you could have ever imagined! On the early pages, the text is about a paragraph long on each , which requires a longer attention span. However, even if you don’t read these longer bits you will still understand the story, and the really fun parts have just one sentence each page.
I didn’t love this book, but I am being picky – there are a lot of things to love about it. The illustrations are great, as always and he uses clear film pages so that the fish can be hidden in reeds. That part is great. It is also great that the book features the male-role of many sea creatures in caring for the unhatched eggs. Some pages have a short paragraph and some have just one sentence, so it’s an easy read. So why don’t I love it? A recurring and improper use of the word “but”. I’m certainly not clear of grammatical sins, but this one is just so glaring and The Goose is developing her feel for the language, that it becomes a deal-breaker.