32 pages, 8.57 × 11.63 × 0.63 in
September 13, 1999
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 039923201X
ISBN - 13: 9780399232015
Read from the Book
An interview with Eric Carle:Q: Eric, how did you come to decide on a click beetle for your new book?CARLE: I like little bugs and insects, and I know that they have become my "signatures" -but it's not an artificially arrived-at signature. I grew up fascinated by little worms, bugs, and insects. I suppose my father had a lot to do with it...in our walks around the garden, he would point out these little insects to me. Maybe it was because in Germany we didn't have elephants, giraffes or other large animals, so I had to settle for likinglittle creaturesants, worms, and bugs. But don't you think that most little boys and little girls seem to have an interest in them, too? There are so many surprising things about insectstheir life cycles, for instance. Some, like cicadas, take seven years to hatch, andthen only live for a week or so! Why would nature do that? Recently, I was reading about butterflies and to my surprise I discovered that one species is carnivorous! It eats other insects. And ants are amazing! There are so many different kinds of ants in the same colony, each with its own specializationbuilders, fighters, food hunters and harvesterssome even build mushroom cellars! Fascinating!! The click beetle might seem at first like a dull little guy, but it has this remarkable ability to flip through the air and I found that very interesting! I learned that adult click beetles have this wonderful ability, but do you know that they only land on their feet fif
From the Publisher
Finally, here?s a brand-new book in Eric Carle?s extraordinarily popular Very series. And with a new surprise!When a little click beetle falls onto his back, he seeks the help of a wise old click beetle. ?Look at me,? says the more experienced click beetle, giving a loud CLICK and flipping onto its feet. But try as he might, the clumsy little click beetle just can?t get the hang of it--or can he?In the tradition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Carle creates a winning story of perseverance and pride in achievement complete with an ingenious fiber-optic microchip that truly gives voice to the valiant little beetle as it CLICKs its way through the colorful pages and somersaults into your heart.
From the Jacket
HEAR the beetle CLICK as it flips through the pages of this book and learns how to land on its feet!
"Look at me!" calls the little click beetle as it clicks and flips through the air. But -- "How very clumsy of me!" it exclaims as it fails, over and over again, to land on its feet. "Keep on trying", urges the patient turtle. "Don't worry, you'll get there", says the slow-moving snail.
Small readers will recognize and empathize with the clumsy little beetle's eagerness to learn what the older beetle can already do so well. They will understand, too, its frustration when at first it fails. And they will surely rejoice in its eventual triumph.
Here, in colorful collage illustrations and an engaging story, distinguished artist Eric Carle offers readers a message of hope and encouragement. He says, "All young children, as they grow up, have to face a lot of daunting challenges. In this book I wanted to reassure them that practice and perseverance really do pay off".
About the Author
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 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.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 Kunste, 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 caree
From Our Editors
Eric Carle couldn't have anticipated the success of his Very... series when he wrote The Very Hungry Caterpillar back in 1969. But something about the simplicity, charm and illustrations has really swept generations of young readers. The Very Clumsey Click Beetle is a wonderful entry in the series. Complete with a random clicking noise, this book, illustrated in trademark Carle patchwork, tells the story of a little bug trying to get his instincts down pat. The beetle will surprise and delight new readers with the same magic that has made the series such a success.