Caterpillar's Surprise

The Book at a Glance:

Title: Caterpillar’s Surprise
Author: Janet Halfmann
Illustrator: Emily Krueger
Format: Hardcover, 11.25 x 9.25 landscape, picture book, reinforced binding, dust jacket, end papers
Pages: 32
Illustrations: Full Color
Ages: 3-8
Subjects: Caterpillar, Swallow-Tail Butterfly, Leopard Frog, life cycles, metamorphosis, masquerade ball/costume party, friendship
Hardcover Price: $17.99
Release: March 2019
ISBN: 978-0-9991437-6-6
Publisher: KWiL Publishing, LLC

Summary: A woodland masquerade ball! Surely, Caterpillar’s natural disguise that looks like bird poo (!) at this early stage of life will win her first prize. Tadpole agrees, both that Caterpillar will win and that she will to accompany her friend to the party.  

However, much to Caterpillar’s dismay, as she grows, her disguise keeps changing. Even with her friend Tadpole’s continued encouragement, Caterpillar doubts that she will bring home the blue ribbon. When, just weeks before the big day, Caterpillar turns into a chrysalis, Tadpole (now a frog) also can’t help but worry. Will Caterpillar hatch in time? And even if she does take first place, might there be something even more wonderful than winning?   

Caterpillar and Tadpole are perfectly personified, endearing characters grappling with the relatable desires to win and be a good friend. Their story, beautifully brought to life with whimsical illustrations of their woodland home and complete metamorphoses is destined to delight in addition to educate.