5 Fun Facts We Love About Author and Illustrator Eric Carle

We are so excited to bring one of our fave children’s stories, The Very Hungry Caterpillar™, to life in our TT fams’ tubs with our newest limited edition collab

Eric Carle’s work has touched and inspired countless kiddos and fams, and we feel so lucky to have collaborated with World of Eric Carle on this collection! Shop Hair + Body Wash and Everyday Lotion (in two size options!) featuring the sweet, sentimental illustrations that we all know and love.

Curious about Eric Carle’s inspiration for The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ and his artistic process? Read on for some fun facts here! 

  1. Within the story, the caterpillar eats through 26 different foods including pears, strawberries, a slice of Swiss cheese, a lollipop and a cupcake.

  2. Eric Carle was inspired by a hole-punch and once said, "One day I was punching holes with a hole-puncher into a stack of paper, and I thought of a bookworm".

  3. Eric Carle’s distinctive artwork is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images.

  4. In addition to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle has written and/or illustrated many books including notable favourites such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Bad-Tempered Ladybird and The Very Busy Spider.

  5. The book was originally called A Week with Willi the Worm, however Carle’s editor Anne Beneduce advised that a green worm would not make a likable character. “Then my editor suggested a caterpillar instead and I said 'Butterfly!' That's how it began," Carle once recalled.
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