The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a uniquely ubiquitous and memorable children's book, maintaining an unshakeable position in the bestseller lists.

Comic poet John Hegley investigates the phenomenon of a simple picture book that has been adopted by nutritionists, preachers, ecologists, actors, satirists, teachers and psychotherapists and is still a favourite among parents and children.

Almost everyone, it seems, has something to say about this iconic book and it was recently cited by George W.

Bush as the most influential book he had ever read.

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20171204 (BBC7)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a uniquely ubiquitous and memorable children's book, maintaining an unshakeable position in the bestseller lists.

Comic poet John Hegley investigates the phenomenon of a simple picture book that has been adopted by nutritionists, preachers, ecologists, actors, satirists, teachers and psychotherapists and is still a favourite among parents and children.

Almost everyone, it seems, has something to say about this iconic book and it was recently cited by George W.

Bush as the most influential book he had ever read.Why Eric Carle's classic children's book has remained a firm favourite.

Eric Carle's memorable children's best-selling book has been adopted by nutritionists, preachers, ecologists, actors, satirists, teachers and psychotherapists - and is still a favourite among parents and children.

It was cited by George W Bush as the most influential book he had ever read and it has been described as a profound philosophical text to rival Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet.

Poet John Hegley investigates the phenomenon.

Producer: Kate Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a uniquely ubiquitous and memorable children's book, maintaining an unshakeable position in the bestseller lists. Comic poet John Hegley investigates the phenomenon of a simple picture book that has been adopted by nutritionists, preachers, ecologists, actors, satirists, teachers and psychotherapists and is still a favourite among parents and children. Almost everyone, it seems, has something to say about this iconic book and it was recently cited by George W. Bush as the most influential book he had ever read.