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Eric Carle

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The Resume

    (June 25, 1929-May 23, 2021)
    Born in Syracuse, New York
    Children’s book author and illustrator
    Best known book is ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ (1969)
    Also wrote and/or illustrated ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ (1967), ‘1,2,3 to the Zoo’ (1968), ‘Do You Want to Be My Friend?’ (1971), ‘The Mixed-Up Chameleon’ (1975), ‘The Grouchy Ladybug’ (1977), ‘The Very Busy Spider’ (1984), ‘The Very Quiet Cricket’ (1990), ‘The Very Clumsy Click Beetle’ (1996), ‘Eric Carle’s ABC’ (2007), and ‘Shapes to See, Shapes to Draw’ (2012)
    Frequently uses collage for illustrations
    Founded the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (2002)

Why he might be annoying:

    ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ started off as ‘A Week with Willi the Worm’ until his editor suggested that a green worm might not make for a very likable protagonist.
    When Pizza Hut surveyed US governors, asking them to name their favorite books from childhood (1999), George W. Bush named ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ – which was published when Bush was 23.
    He said of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s enduring popularity, ‘I truly didn't think of lasting success or anything like that. I mean, it's just a book.’

Why he might not be annoying:

    ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ has sold over 50 million copies – more than one per minute since its publication.
    In a School Library Journal survey (2012), ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ was named the second best children’s book of all time (behind Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’).
    He designed a Google Doodle to celebrate the first day of Spring (2009).
    A jumping spider that imitates caterpillars was named Uroballus carlei in his honor (2019).

Credit: C. Fishel

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Year In Review:

    For 2024, as of last weekly ranking, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2023, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 127 Votes: 48.03% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying