The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show [Review]

“A mesmerizing and magical experience”

I couldn’t have imaged a more beautiful and engaging show for my son’s first live performance than The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.

My little two year old has two copies of The Hungry Caterpillar books by Eric Carle; one that was given to him at his birth and a second, a pop-up that was given to me at my birth almost 30 years ago!

We read to him for 30 minutes a day with books of his choice. On almost all occasions he chooses these books. He loves counting all the fruit and seeing the beautiful butterfly at the end.

But really, it does not compare to the look on his face when he saw the images before him come to life.


If you want to know who’s kid was pointing and yelling out to the puppets, it was mine. I’m not joking.

He loved guessing the colourful animals including the life size cow, red crocodile and “roaarrrr” the green lion. He loved the seahorses, he loved the fire flies, and most of all… he loved the caterpillar and big finale! I was amazed at how the creators were able to replicate the exact details of Carle’s images into bigger than life size puppets, and the puppeteers should be applauded for their excellence in movement of such large creatures.


The whole performance consisted of four shows based on Carle’s best selling classic tales, “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse”, “Mr Seahorse”, “The Very Lonely Firefly” and of course, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.


Directed by Naomi Edwards, the show features 75 puppets made by acclaimed New York company, Puppet Kitchen. These world master puppet makers boast four Daytime Emmy awards and are alumnus from Jim Henson’s Muppet Workshop. Staff at Puppet Kitchen have worked on smash hit shows like Avenue Q on Broadway, Disney’s The Bear in the Big Blue House, Sesame Street and many many more.


This show had everything kids could ever want: vibrant colours, movement, music and magic. From a parent’s perspective, the show had all this and more including important messages of inspiration in the use of colour, responsibility and duty, belonging, and hope.


I couldn’t have imagined a better day spent with my family…

Thank you for sharing your beautiful show with us Canberrans.

For more information about a show near you, visit The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.

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Lauren Jackman is the author of Canberra Mummy. A self-confessed perfectionist, Lauren writes about the truth about pregnancy and parenting for perfectionist mummies. Lauren is a mum, wife, author, runner and a not a bad cook