Wriggle into Autumn with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

If you asked me what my favourite childhood book is, I would tell you, without a moments hesitation, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. As a child I can remember nothing more exciting than lifting the tabs on each page to see what the caterpillar had eaten, reading along with my Mum, a teacher at school and later by myself, until I knew it word for word .

When Lewis was born I had bought him The Very Hungry Caterpillar as his first ever book, and countless more copies over the years for Eva, Megan and Harry, replacing them when they got so worn from being read over and over.

I hadn’t realised until recently that it is almost 50 years since Eric Carle designed, illustrated and wrote The Very Hungry Caterpillar and yet no surprise that the sales of this iconic book have now exceeded over 45million copies, with one being sold every 30 seconds!!

We were recently offered a gorgeous selection of The Very Hungry Caterpillar merchandise and with the children being such huge fans, we couldn’t wait to try it! I put together our top ten items for all Hungry Caterpillar fans!!

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Melamine Sectional Tray

love a sectional tray, mainly for the reason that as a parent whose children have a meltdown if any of their food touches a separate item there is hell to pay! Bean juice on chips? It’s most likely to end up on the floor! So these trays are great for sectioning out their dinner and keeping them, and me, happy.

RRP £8 Available from www.portmeirion.co.uk 

2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Happy Tin

I love this tin, filled with three fantastic colouring and activity books, a poster, 50 fun stickers and 4 felt tip pens. Plus it can all be stored away neatly (bonus) and the tin can be re-used after for all of those tiny little kinder egg toys you find stuffed under the couch. Or maybe that’s just me….

RRP £16.99 Available from Asda, Debenhams, Amazon, HMV, Tesco, The Works and Sainsbury’s.

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Press Out and Play

This is a fab little activity book where you can colour in the card pieces, press them out and then slot them together to make animals from the beloved Eric Carle stories. It comes with 6 crayons and press-out pieces to create 7 animal models.

RRP £4.99 Available from Debenhams, Amazon, WHSmith and Toys ‘R Us.

4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Let’s Explore

The kids loved this book with animal stampers and ink pad to decorate the pages and create their own art work, plus lots of other little activities such as spot the difference or making a caterpillar door handle. I love books like this which you can pull out on rainy days or on holidays.

RRP £4.99 Available from Debenhams, Amazon and Sainsbury’s.


 

5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cloudy Apple Drinks

I don’t know about you but my children will eat and drink just about anything that has a picture of their favourite character on there. I really struggle to get fruit juice into Harry and yet as a huge fan of the Hungry Caterpillar, he couldn’t get enough of these! I love that they are made from 50% pressed fruit, school approved, not from concentrate and no added sugar, sweeteners, colours or preservatives. Plus they are totally delicious!

RRP £1.89 for 3 x 200ml Available from Waitrose, Ocado and Tesco.

6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar 2018 Family Calendar

We are notorious for forgetting birthdays and anniversaries, so a calendar is much needed, and this one is great. There’s room for all the family meaning we might just get out of the bad books this coming year!

RRP £9.99 Available from The Calendar Club and Amazon

7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar 2018 Family Calendar

This smaller sized family calendar is equally lovely and perfect as a second planner when, like us, you forget to look at the first one!

RRP £9.99 Available from The Calendar Club and Amazon

8. Where is the Very Hungry Caterpillar?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has sold over 41 million copies worldwide in over 62 languages. In this new lift-flap book, children are asked where the Hungry Caterpillar might be hiding. Is he hiding in the grass? No, that’s a chirpy cricket! Is he nibbling the strawberry? No, that’s an ant! The lift-flap on every spread lets little readers join in the fun as they search in this fun, interactive take on the beloved children’s story, and my kids LOVE it!!

RRP £7.99 Available from all good bookshops. 

9.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar Placemats Pad

These are FAB and sure to keep your little ones busy at mealtimes. We use these when we go out to eat which means that there’s way less whinging as we wait for our food to come and no moment of panic when the restaurant doesn’t have paper and pencils….we have learned from experience!!

RRP £9.99 Available from The Works

10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Age Cards

With so many of these items making the perfect gift, I love these birthday cards to celebrate 1st and 2nd birthdays! Each card has a printed inside along with black and white artwork.

RRP £2.25 each Available from independent card and gift shops

So there you have it, the most gorgeous collection of The Very Hungry Caterpillar merchandise! All of these lovely items have only fuelled the children’s obsession and I hope that, like me, they still love it just as much when they have children of their own.

If you would like to win all of these items, simply enter via the link below! Winner will be notified via email at close of competition on 13th November. Good luck!

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120 Comments

  1. October 4, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    I had no idea there were so many Hungry Caterpillar products available – my daughter loves the story, as do I!

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 6:33 pm

      They have some amazing merchandise don’t they! It’s a fab book! xx

  2. October 4, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    This is very inspiring,I wonder if there would be a market for a “The Very Hungry Cheetah”? Lord knows I could write that in my sleep!!
    I don’t recall my first book I read as a child…..

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:47 pm

      Haha well I’d buy it!! xx

  3. October 5, 2017 / 8:46 am

    I love the tin the best – we would reuse it for years afterwards. I’ve always loved the Hungry Caterpillar as a theme – there’s so many craft activities that can be done to support reading the books with my girls.

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:38 pm

      I agree, it’s a great story and there is so much to work with! xx

  4. October 5, 2017 / 10:05 am

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar was one of my favourite books I’d read to all three of my kids when they were little. They’re far too big for it now, but when I was doing a clear out recently I couldn’t get rid of my copy! Such great merchandise, this!

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Ahh I will be the same, it holds so many memories for me! xx

  5. October 5, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    Wow what a fab bunch of stuff here. Children will love that cool caterpillar for sure 😉 x

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      It’s my absolute favourite! xx

  6. October 5, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Ooh wow, what a selection of goodies! I’d love the family calendar – we forgot to put ours up again after our new boiler was installed (as it was put on the bit of wall space we used to hang our calendar) and I miss having one. Love Hungry Caterpillar stuff!

    • Laura Dove
      October 6, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      Oh no! I hated losing my calendar space when we put up a canvas! I had to find a new space and I still forget to look! xx

  7. October 6, 2017 / 11:03 am

    I haven’t heard about this stuff and so Interesting for me and I’m sure kids would love this too so much.

    • Laura Dove
      October 6, 2017 / 4:16 pm

      I think it’s such a classic that it deserves a whole range! xx

  8. October 6, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    I have to agree it’s one of my family favourites too. It looks like there are more goodies now to buy with the book these would make the perfect Christmas gift for my friends daughter.

    • Laura Dove
      October 6, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Yes definitely, lots of lovely Christmas bits! xx

  9. October 6, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    Aw the Very Hungry Caterpillar is a family favourite here too, what a fab range of merchandise 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      October 6, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      I think it’s’ a firm favourite in every house hold!

  10. October 7, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    I used to love the Hungry Caterpillar when I was younger, and now my little bro loves it too!

    • Laura Dove
      October 7, 2017 / 1:06 pm

      We still love it, it’s a fab book! xx

  11. Dannii
    October 7, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    I love that there is so much merchandise for it. Perfect for hungry caterpillar fans.

    • Laura Dove
      October 7, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Me too, and so do my kids! xx

  12. October 7, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    Aw cute! I remember the hungry caterpillar being my favourite book as a child! I would’ve loved this stuff!

  13. October 8, 2017 / 7:06 am

    It’s funny how many of us (generations!) have grown up with the caterpillar book so seeings extra things is a lot of fun. I bet they’re be loved by my little nieces.

    • Laura Dove
      October 8, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Yes, 50 years, it’s crazy how a book can still be just as popular now as then! xx

  14. October 8, 2017 / 10:53 am

    What a great selection of items. Love the placemats. Great way to keep kids entertained at a restaurant

    • Laura Dove
      October 8, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Yes definitely! They have some fab items in the range. xx

  15. October 9, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    The merchandise is absolutely adorable! This was one of my favourite childhood books, too!

    • Laura Dove
      October 9, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Isnt it just? There is something for everyone! xx

  16. October 10, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    I love this story book and it’s so nice that it’s still going strong. A proper classic. Love all the bits and bobs too

    • Laura Dove
      October 10, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      Me too, it’s a real classic! xx

  17. iain maciver
    October 16, 2017 / 11:05 am

    fabtastic giveaway love hungry caterpillar

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      Good luck! xx

  18. beth moore
    October 16, 2017 / 11:33 am

    grew up to reading this! my kids would love to have this read to them!

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Good luck! xx

  19. Gillian Wood
    October 16, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    Thank you for a great competition

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      Good luck! xx

  20. Debra Simmons
    October 16, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    Such beautiful books!

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      Good luck! xx

  21. Amy Wright
    October 16, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    My children would love this – they love The Hungry Caterpillar

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      Good luck! xx

  22. S Edwards
    October 16, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    my little girls would adore this xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Good luck! xx

  23. Tracy Nixon
    October 16, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    Love The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Good luck! xx

  24. Lindsey Stuart
    October 16, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    This is an incredible bundle!
    We love the hungry catterpillar

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      Good luck! xx

  25. Angela Treadway
    October 16, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    Remember the hungry Caterpillar at my school, I’m 31 now lol x

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      Good luck! xx

  26. Charlotte Wilkinson
    October 16, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    What an amazing prize

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Good luck! xx

  27. Hannah Scudder
    October 16, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    One of my son’s favourite books!

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Good luck! xx

  28. Jamie Edwards
    October 16, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Oh that plate is lovely! We’ve just started weaning our youngest – fun times!

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Good luck! xx

  29. Sue McCarthy
    October 16, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Love the Hungry Caterpillar, lovely to be able to buy merch these days, there certainly wasn’t any when I was a kid.

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      Good luck! xx

  30. Lucy B
    October 16, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    lovely prize x

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      Good luck! xx

  31. Paula Barker
    October 16, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve read this book, my son and my daughter love it, and know it all off by heart.

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 8:39 pm

      Good luck! xx

  32. Andrea Fletcher
    October 16, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    Love the Hungry Caterpillar. The press and play looks good.

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      Good luck! xx

  33. fiona waterworth
    October 16, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    I did not realise they did drinks, they have really expanded the range from the book, its a great book and one my children love

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      Good luck! xx

  34. kiya johnson
    October 16, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    I used to love this book as a kid and now my kids love it too!

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      Good luck! xx

  35. laura stewart
    October 16, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    lovely giveaway x

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Good luck! xx

  36. Lorna Ledger
    October 16, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    gorgeous quirky giveaway! Love it! Be great for any family x Thanks

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Good luck! xx

  37. Anthony Harrington
    October 16, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    how lovely! such a lot of lovely items!

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 8:30 pm

      Good luck! xx

  38. laura banks
    October 16, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    great giveaway

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Good luck! xx

  39. Alana Walker
    October 16, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    It’s such a classic book, would love this for my sons.x

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Good luck! xx

  40. Lois k
    October 16, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    Adore the hungry caterpillar and all this merchandise!

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Good luck! xx

  41. MANDY DOHERTY
    October 16, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    My grandchildren all love the book & would love this bundle

  42. maria hackett
    October 16, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    what a lovely set! very hungry caterpillar is very popular in our house!

  43. Solange
    October 16, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a family favourite in our house.

  44. Jo
    October 16, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    My boys love playing the game on their tablets, they would love this too. Thanks for the chance x

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2017 / 9:12 pm

      Good luck! xx

  45. Mariyah
    October 16, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    It’s classic, iconic children’s reading…love it! X

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2017 / 10:01 am

      Good luck! xx

  46. Mariyah
    October 16, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    It’s classic, iconic children’s reading…love it! X

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2017 / 10:01 am

      Good luck! xx

  47. Jeanette Leighton
    October 16, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    Would love this for my baby Charlie who is 15 months

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2017 / 10:00 am

      Good luck! xx

  48. john prendergast
    October 17, 2017 / 12:25 am

    what a great giveaway

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2017 / 9:57 am

      Good luck! xx

  49. Margaret Gallagher
    October 17, 2017 / 12:52 am

    Mega fun for Ethan and Esmay

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2017 / 9:57 am

      Good luck! xx

  50. Tasha
    October 17, 2017 / 7:25 am

    Love these goodies

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2017 / 9:38 am

      Good luck! xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2017 / 8:59 am

      Good luck! xx

  51. Lynsey Buchanan
    October 17, 2017 / 9:30 am

    Amazing Giveaway I am entering for my little Nephew Jack who would love these. Thanks for the chance

  52. Lucy Frost
    October 17, 2017 / 9:53 am

    Thank you for the opportunity!

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2017 / 10:17 am

      Good luck! xx

  53. Kelly Hemmings
    October 17, 2017 / 10:22 am

    Even after all these year people still love the hungry Caterpillar 🐛🍎. Wonderful giveaway!

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2017 / 6:21 pm

      Good luck! xx

  54. Elzbieta Znyk
    October 17, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Looks amazing, fingers crossed!

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      Good luck! xx

  55. chelsey hollings
    October 17, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    Fantastic book, one of my daughters favs

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2017 / 4:19 pm

      Good luck! xx

  56. Kirsteen Mackay
    October 17, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar and it is my son’s favourite ever book.

  57. Graham Ross
    October 17, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    What a fab prize to win, great for the my children

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      Good luck! xx

  58. Louis Perera
    October 17, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    Myself and my wife would love reading / using these hungry caterpillar products with our baby boy

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2017 / 6:21 pm

      Good luck! xx

  59. Laura Pritchard
    October 17, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    We love the very hungry caterpillar in our house!

  60. October 17, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    we all love this book in my house, it never fails to be a fab read even years later x

  61. Naomi Williams
    October 17, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Love this range

  62. Corinne Wright
    October 18, 2017 / 8:54 am

    This is so cute! I loved this book when I was younger and now my little man does too 😊

  63. jo liddement
    October 18, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    Such a classic book well loved by everyone.

  64. aj
    October 18, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    fantastic prize, thank you for the chance

  65. Hannah Wallington
    October 18, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    My son would love this.

  66. Stephanie Whitehurst
    October 19, 2017 / 9:56 am

    My 3 children would love this. Thanks for the chance xx

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