The Cranky Caterpillar
Thames & Hudson
Here’s an uber-stylish debut picture book from Richard Graham based on an utterly ingenious notion and quite unlike anything I’ve seen before:
It revolves round a little girl, Ezra by name and a caterpillar. Nothing very unusual about that, you might be thinking but wait. This particular caterpillar resides inside the piano in Ezra’s home and is anything but happy.
In fact, when the girl discovers the creature, it couldn’t look more woebegone and she resoles to try and improve its lot. After all who could blame the thing having been stuck inside a piano, going round and round, churning out just one sad tune for what feels like an eternity.
Fresh air, a tasty meal …
and a new hat all fail to help the caterpillar change its tune, but then a brainwave strikes Ezra.
She invites her friends Pablo Tuba, Gary Gee-tar and Wassily over one afternoon and along with the house cat, they form a band; a band that fills the room with wonderfully uplifting rainbow colours: imagine the effect upon the caterpillar.
Suddenly from within the piano there comes a resounding ‘BOOM’ and when Ezra looks inside the piano, there’s no sign of its erstwhile resident.
An amazing transformation has occurred …
Irresistibly quirky, this funky tale will enchant readers of all ages especially those with a musical bent.
I’ve signed the charter