Eric Carle

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Eric Carle is the creator of illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 47 languages and sold over 29 million copies. Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 88 million copies of his books have sold around the world.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old. In 1952 he arrived in New York and found work as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension—die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers.

The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. With his wife Barbara, he divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.

Eric Carle books reviewed

Bibliography

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
    written by Bill Martin Jr, 1967
  • 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo, 1968
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar The Very Hungry Caterpillar, 1969
  • Pancakes, Pancakes! Pancakes, Pancakes!, 1970
  • The Tiny Seed The Tiny Seed, 1970
  • Tales of the Nimipoo by Eleanor B. Hardy, 1970
  • The Boastful Fisherman by William Knowlton, 1970
  • Feathered Ones and Furry by Aileen Fisher, 1971
  • The Scarecrow Clock by George Mendoza, 1971
  • Do You Want to Be My Friend? Do You Want to Be My Friend?, 1971
  • Rooster's Off to See the World Rooster’s Off to See the World, 1972
  • The Very Long Tail (Folding Book), 1972
  • The Very Long Train (Folding Book), 1972
  • The Secret Birthday Message The Secret Birthday Message, 1972
  • Walter the Baker Walter the Baker, 1972
  • Do Bears Have Mothers Too? by Aileen Fisher, 1973
  • Have You Seen My Cat? Have You Seen My Cat?, 1973
  • I See a Song I See a Song, 1973
  • My Very First Book of Numbers My Very First Book of Numbers, 1974
  • My Very First Book of Colors, 1974
  • My Very First Book of Shapes, 1974
  • My Very First Book of Words, 1974
  • Why Noah Chose the Dove Why Noah Chose the Dove written by Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1974
  • All About Arthur, 1974
  • The Hole in the Dike The Hole in the Dike written by Norma Green, 1975
  • The Mixed-Up Chameleon The Mixed-Up Chameleon, 1975
  • Eric Carle’s Storybook, Seven Tales by the Brothers Grimm, 1976
  • The Grouchy Ladybug The Grouchy Ladybug, 1977
  • Watch Out! A Giant! Watch Out! A Giant!, 1978
  • Seven Stories by Hans Christian Andersen, 1978
  • Twelve Tales from Aesop, 1980
  • The Honeybee and the Robber The Honeybee and the Robber, 1981
  • Otter Nonsense by Norton Juster, 1982
  • Catch the Ball! Catch the Ball!, 1982
  • Let’s Paint A Rainbow, 1982
  • What’s For Lunch?, 1982
  • Chip Has Many Brothers Chip Has Many Brothers written by Hans Baumann, 1983
  • The Very Busy Spider The Very Busy Spider, 1984
  • The Foolish Tortoise The Foolish Tortoise written by Richard Buckley, 1985
  • The Greedy Python The Greedy Python written by Richard Buckley, 1985
  • The Mountain that Loved a Bird The Mountain that Loved a Bird written by Alice McLerran, 1985
  • All Around Us, 1986
  • Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, 1986
  • My Very First Book of Sounds, 1986
  • My Very First Book of Food, 1986
  • My Very First Book of Tools, 1986
  • My Very First Book of Touch, 1986
  • My Very First Book of Motion, 1986
  • My Very First Book of Growth, 1986
  • My Very First Book of Homes, 1986
  • My Very First Book of Heads, 1986
  • All in a Day All in a Day collected by Mitsumasa Anno, 1986
  • A House for Hermit Crab A House for Hermit Crab, 1987
  • The Lamb and the Butterfly The Lamb and the Butterfly written by Arnold Sundgaard, 1988
  • Eric Carle's Treasury of Classic Stories for Children Eric Carle’s Treasury of Classic Stories for Children, 1988
  • Animals Animals Animals Animals compiled by Laura Whipple, 1989
  • The Very Quiet Cricket The Very Quiet Cricket, 1990
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? written by Bill Martin Jr, 1991
  • Dragons Dragons Dragons Dragons compiled by Laura Whipple, 1991
  • Draw Me a Star Draw Me a Star, 1992
  • Today Is Monday Today Is Monday, 1993
  • Eric Carle: Picture Writer Eric Carle: Picture Writer, 1993
  • My Apron My Apron, 1994
  • The Very Lonely Firefly The Very Lonely Firefly, 1995
  • Little Cloud Little Cloud, 1996
  • The Art of Eric Carle The Art of Eric Carle, 1996
  • From Head to Toe From Head to Toe, 1997
  • Flora and Tiger: 19 very short stories from my life Flora and Tiger: 19 very short stories from my life, 1997
  • Hello, Red Fox Hello, Red Fox, 1998
  • You Can Make a Collage: A Very Simple How-to Book You Can Make a Collage: A Very Simple How-to Book, 1998
  • The Very Clumsy Click Beetle The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, 1999
  • Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too? Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too?, 2000
  • Dream Snow Dream Snow, 2000
  • “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth, 2002
  • Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! Where Are You Going? To See My Friend!, 2003
  • Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? written by Bill Martin Jr, 2003
  • Mister Seahorse Mister Seahorse, 2004
  • 10 Little Rubber Ducks 10 Little Rubber Ducks, 2005
  • Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?, 2007