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What's the big deal with The Very Hungry Caterpillar?

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Sep 21st 2019 at 9:03:28 AM

I learned that this book was a classic of picture books, so I read a library copy, and... I don't get it. I don't get the appeal.

When I've read other classic kids' picture books as an adult, I enjoyed them—I'm a big Dr. Seuss fan, I'd give every one of the Eloise books 10 out of 10 and I consider Iben Sandemosen to be criminally underrated. But this one? I do not get why people like it.

And I mean that exactly as I say it, by the way. Usually, I get the appeal of a popular book even if I myself don't enjoy it. But here... There's no plot, there's no characterization... I'm not trying to be negative here, I'm just emphasizing that I just don't understand what the appeal is.

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Sep 21st 2019 at 10:48:49 AM

It's probably one of those things you have to read as a little kid to like. It's just very comforting and cute.

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Sep 21st 2019 at 9:19:36 PM


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Sep 23rd 2019 at 2:34:11 PM

If you're aiming young enough you don't really have adult appeal. Books written for pre-schoolers generally do not have adult appeal. Dr. Suess is aimed a little older.

My daughter loves the book (admittedly she likes lots of books), and she's 2 and three-quarters (fractions of a year still make a big difference at this age). It's much more entertaining if you're just on the verge of a full understanding of this whole counting business, like she is.

She likes Dr. Seuss too, but she can't read him yet, he's just a little too complicated still.

Edited by Bense on Sep 23rd 2019 at 3:34:59 AM

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Sep 29th 2019 at 5:47:56 PM

It fun to read it to little kids. And little kids like to have it read to them. The colors are bright and interesting, and little ones like to imagining eating all that food.

But literary merit?

Not so much.

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Sep 29th 2019 at 7:27:05 PM

And at least it doesn't have a messed up message like I Want My Hat Back.

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