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Ross Burach - Very Impatient Caterpillar, The

Very Impatient Caterpillar, The

Author: Ross Burach

  • AGES 4 - 8 
  • Genre Fiction
When a group of caterpillars scamper up a tree to metamorphosize, one of them is still learning about this whole transformation thing.

Who knew that with a little time, and patience, he could become a beautiful butterfly? But the two-week wait inside his chrysalis feels interminable. ("Can I get a comic book?" "What if I need the bathroom?" "Anyone want to play a game?"). His fellow caterpillars all tell him to be patient and let nature take its course, but the waiting is just so hard. Can he do it??

With warmth, wit, and a flair for hilarious cartooning, Ross Burach turns a relatable feeling and an evergreen curriculum topic into an endearing picture book that has all the hallmarks of a modern classic.

Very Impatient Caterpillar Video



★ “There’s definitely some science lurking here among the laughs… super-charged.”

- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review


“It won't be just adults chuckling.”

- Kirkus Reviews


“Humorous…a good choice for science edutainment fans.”

- Booklist


“This one is a keeper.”

- Betsy H., Reading Specialist


“It has a wonderfully fun approach that the children will love.”

- Lauranne P., Kindergarten Teacher


“This is so perfect for so many topics in our preschool curriculum.”

- Kathy S., Pre-K Teacher


“I give it an ‘A!”

- Therese M., Kindergarten Teacher


What a fun, entertaining story…it fits in so well with our butterfly units!”

- Wendy S., Pre-K Teacher

Ross Burach

Ross Burach

Ross Burach loves drawing pictures, making up jokes, dabbling in animation, and hanging out with his family. He is the author and illustrator of There’s a Giraffe in My Soup, and I Am Not a Chair, as well as the illustrator of Jennifer Hamburg’s Billy Bloo Is Stuck in Goo, hailed by Publishers Weekly as a “high-energy cartoon that looks as though it sprang directly from a child’s imagination.” Ross lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit him online at rossburach.com.

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