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The Cranky Caterpillar

Richard Graham

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A charming story about a cranky caterpillar and Ezra, the little girl who finally manages to cheer him up. For ages 3+

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One day Ezra hears a 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, but nothing seems to work… What can she do to make the cranky caterpillar change his tune?

This acclaimed debut from illustrator Richard Graham is an artist-inspired celebration of the magical colours of music. Children will identify with the caterpillar’s struggle in trying to articulate his emotions, and will delight in the inventive band of friends who succeed in cheering him up.

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'Absolutely astonishing … an astounding piece of work'
Raymond Briggs

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

'An understated masterpiece'
Picture Books blogger

'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

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.0 x 27.5 cm

Extent: 32 pp

Publication date: 9 August 2018

ISBN: 9780500651728

About the Author

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.