Review: The VERY Impatient Caterpillar


The VERY Impatient Caterpillar

Author: Ross Burach

Publisher: Scholastic Press, 2019

Source: ARC

I picked up this advance reader copy at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art – and you can expect to learn more about the goodies I got in future posts – during the Educator’s Night program.

Have you ever gone on a road trip with a young child who, having barely made it out of the driveway, begins to ask “Are we there yet?” Ross Burach’s book takes this phenomenon to a new level. His impatient caterpillar wants to know “Have I transformed into a butterfly yet?” The process takes two weeks. Yes, TWO WEEKS! Can you imagine being trapped in a car with a noisy kid for TWO WEEKS? After reading this, you won’t need to imagine it. You will experience it.

If this sounds like a trip you don’t want to make, rest assured. The book is one you will want to read. Watching our little caterpillar friend struggle through metamorphosis isn’t painful; it’s lively and funny and even slightly informative. The illustrations are big and bold and bright. It’s one of those books you will reach for again and again – and enjoy it every time.