What's Your Favourite Animal? by Eric Carle

What's Your Favourite Animal?

Written by Eric Carle

Baby and Toddler   3+ readers   
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Eric Carle, the world-famous creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, loves animals – especially cats. His cat Fiffi is the first favourite animal followed by Peter McCarty’s great big Bunny and Rosemary Wells rather small dog! Lane Smith’s favourite is a handsome elephant while Jon Klassen likes ducks best. Each illustrator has created an original picture in this special catalogue reflecting a wide range of talents.

All roylaties from this book will be donated to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, which was founded by Eric and Barbara Carle in 2002. The Carle exhibits original illlustrations created by picture book artists from around the world. A perfect first art museum experience for children, the museum invites guests to get creative and feel inspired in its galleries, art studio, theatre and picture book library. You can visit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, US or at carlemuseum.org.


What's Your Favourite Animal? by Eric Carle

Find out what other award-winning author/illustrators' favourite animals are in this stunning new collection from Eric Carle and friends. Bringing together some of the finest modern children's book illustrators of our time - Jon Klassen, Eric Carle, Lucy Cousins, Nick Bruel, Susan Jeffers, Steven Kellogg, Tom Litchtenheld, Peter McCarty, Chris Raschka, Peter Sis, Lane Smith, Erin Stead, Rosemary Wells, Mo Willems - Eric Carle asks, what's your favourite animal? and the result is an astonishingly colourful parade of animals from giraffes with their heads in the clouds to fuzzy dogs to squishy snails. Some artists reveal their choices with a personal story, others with a comic turn, but all will undoubtedly inspire children to draw and tell a story about their own favourite animal!

This is the perfect book for any picture book lover with an unbelievable collection of illustrations. The first of two fantastic picture books from Eric Carle and friends - look out for What's Your Favourite Colour?...coming soon. Children will want to draw and tell a story about their own favourite animal after reading this collection.


Contributions range from meticulously rendered artwork to quick, funny sketches, along with commentaries that can be elegiac, nostalgic, silly, and even meta . . . A varied and engaging omnibus that offers real insight into the lives and personalities of these artists * Publishers Weekly * First of two new Carle picture books bringing together an impressive roster of modern illustrators. -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller * each picture is a work of art, sometimes humorous, sometimes (alongside the text) gently thought provoking... Readers of any age will enjoy the pictures * Books for Keeps * I love that this book is written by Eric Carle and friends. There's something rather lovely about the idea of a group of authors and illustrators, hanging out and deciding to collaborate on a project together. But, for any child who likes animals, or drawing, this is a brilliant book because it has lots of both in, and the variety of styles are sure to inspire. It's also a lovely talking book. I mean, what's your favourite animal? And why? It would be good for early years classes because it shows there's no wrong way to answer the question and inspires imagination. Featuring everyone from Lucy Cousins to Erin E Stead to Jon Klassen this is a who's who of illustrators and I recognised several names from other new releases. At the same time, it introduced me to lots of new faces who I'll be sure to look out for. This is a fun, if quirky, book * The Bookbag * Some of the finest modern children's illustrator's of all time, including Eric Carle, Jon Klassen and Lucy Cousins present a colourful parade of their favourite animals- inspiring children to join in and draw their own favourites! * Mums & Tots * Eric has invited a host of wonderful illustrators to tell him about their favourite animal. A simple idea beautifully executed. As you may expect when you give a straightforward brief to a bunch of creative folk, the results are a fabulously varied & eclectic mix of styles, humour and warmth. . . What's Your Favourite Animal? has been written & presented in a manner which makes it equally accessible for both young and old alike. The illustrations are vibrant and eye catching, the text is engaging, personal and enjoyable ... you are going to love it! * My Book Corner * Will undoubtedly inspire children * Green Parent * Artists responses vary widely in style and media which is one of the strengths of the book. . . certainly could inspire children to get busy on a classroom exhibition of their own * The School Librarian * Fun-packed extravaganza * Carousel *

About the Author

Eric Carle

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 50 languages and sold over 33 million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 110 million copies of his books have sold around the world.

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Publication date

6th February 2014




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