The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Creepy-Crawly Halloween: A Lift-the-Flap Book

World of Eric Carle. Aug. 2024. 10p. Board $12.99. ISBN 9780593751084.
Baby-Toddler–The Very Busy Spider had his time to shine in a Halloween board book; now it’s the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s turn. The story begins with Caterpillar on a branch, progressing down a tree, to the ground, across the yard, and into a cozy house complete with a black cat and a decorated pumpkin. Readers familiar with Carle’s works will recognize the lollipop from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the moon from Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. For those looking for early literacy opportunities, there is a slight rhyme scheme and a nice amount of rare words in the text. The lift-the-flap design includes fingertip cutouts for easier flap movement, and the colors, style, and multilayered beauty stay true to Carle’s style and color scheme. Overall, the artwork is fairly standard Halloween fare—black cat, witch’s hat, and glowing jack-o’-lantern—interspersed with non-Halloween images.
VERDICT Not an essential purchase, but a cute addition for libraries looking to expand their Halloween board book collection.

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