The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle, has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 – selling more than 45 million copies worldwide. Eric Carle’s well-known books have captivated readers with his colorful, hand-painted tissue collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first reading experiences.
This timeless classic made its way off the pages and onto the stage in a critically acclaimed production created by Jonathan Rockefeller. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 charming puppets, faithfully adapting four Eric Carle stories, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
The show has become an international mainstay, with remounts in San Francisco, Dallas, Oregon, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, the United Kingdom, the West End and New York – becoming the most successful (and longest running) children’s puppet show in New York history. As of 2017, The New York production and the US tour features Brown Bear, Brown Bear and 10 Little Rubber Ducks.