Friday, June 25, 2010

5 Minute Factoids: Happy Birthday Mr. Carle!

Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator who is most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 47 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than 70 books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 88 million copies of his books have sold around the world (Wikipedia).

  • He does not use computers to make the actual book.
  • He speaks English and German.
  • Carle got the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar from a hole puncher.

Want to read more on Carle? Check out this book...

The Art of Eric Carle
by Eric Carle
Philomel, 1996
128 pages

From Booklist:

Carle is one of the most beloved illustrators of children's books. This retrospective is more than just an appreciation of his art, however. The book also contains an insightful autobiography illustrated with personal photographs, an anecdotal essay by his longtime editor, a photographic essay on how Carle creates his collages, and writings by Carle and his colleagues. Still, it is the artwork in the oversize volume that seizes the imagination. More than 60 of his full-color collage pictures are handsomely reproduced and serve as a statement of Carle's impressive talent.


Lenore Appelhans said...

I really love these The Art of... books. I may have to get this one too!

Meytal Radzinski said...

Ahh, memories of childhood... Eric Carle just has this really distinctive style. Makes me want to go back and reread some of those kid classics...

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