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The Cranky Caterpillar

Written by Richard Graham

LoveReading View on The Cranky Caterpillar

An empowering and reassuring text about a universal fear, beautifully illustrated by award winning Jon Klassen.


The Cranky Caterpillar Synopsis

One day Ezra hears a gloomy blue tune coming from the piano. To her surprise, it's a caterpillar making the sound: a cranky caterpillar. Ezra tries to cheer him up with some fresh air, cakes and new hats, but nothing seems to work... What can Ezra do to help the cranky caterpillar change his tune? Richard Graham is a new illustrator with a highly distinctive and original style. The origins of The Cranky Caterpillar lie in his own artistic sculptural creations: a caterpillar created from the hammers inside an old piano, a band of musical characters, all sculpted from instruments and materials found in his studio. Graham has also been inspired by Wassily Kandinsky's colour synesthesia, whereby we are shown the magical colours of music, in this splendidly illustrated book. Children will identify with the struggle the caterpillar goes through in trying to articulate his emotions, and will delight in the inventive band of friends that succeed in cheering him up.

The Cranky Caterpillar Press Reviews

'An uber-stylish debut picture book from Richard Graham based on an utterly ingenious notion and quite unlike anything I've seen before' - Red Reading Hub

'An understated masterpiece' - Picture Books blogger

'An original take on the familiar theme of caterpillars turning into butterflies, adding intrigue and excitement ' - Times Educational Supplement

'Absolutely astonishing ... an astounding piece of work' - Raymond Briggs

Book Information

ISBN: 9780500651728
Publication date: 1st August 2018
Author: Richard Graham
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages

About Richard Graham

Richard Graham is an artist who creates characters from everyday objects. In his sculptures, eyes peer through light bulbs, birds emerge with scissor beaks and oversized caterpillars are assembled from old pianos.

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