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.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin’s eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle’s true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle’s art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension—die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket’s song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers.

The secret of Eric Carle’s books’ appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature—an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: “With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates—will they be friendly?

I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.”

Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. With his wife Barbara, he divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.

Click here for a list of Awards Eric Carle has won for his work

(If you are interested in more complete biography of Eric, please refer to the autobiography section of The Art of Eric Carle published by Philomel Books.)

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Publication date

6th February 2014




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