The Very Hungry Caterpillar Live on Stage at QPAC


With Summer holidays approaching fast, tis time to start booking library workshops, arts workshops and theatre experiences for the youngest people in the family. I know many people visit the zoo, beach or bushwalk for family days out, but to be honest my fav thing to do is something cultural – and particularly over Dec/Jan in Brisbane when it is so hot outside that I just want to (often do) cry. QPAC is air conditioned people – AIR CONDITIONED and utterly lovely…we visit every Summer holidays at least twice! We gift tickets for the cousins as Christmas presents – because ‘experience presents’ (and books) are much more welcome than plastic toys in most families! Very Hungry Caterpillar

It is hard to imagine a more perfect book to emerge off the page and onto a stage than the iconic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which you can book here. As Part of their SummerSet program, QPAC has not just The Very Hungry Caterpillar but three other Eric Carle classics including The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse and The Very Lonely Firefly, in one beautiful show. There is something utterly magical about puppetry and over the last few years I have been privileged to have several theatre companies at school present beautiful adaptations of children’s books through puppetry, so I am OVER excited about this one coming to the Cremone Theatre at QPAC. 600x400_hungry_caterpillar_16_gallery_04 600x400_hungry_caterpillar_16_gallery_03

For little people and their adults, I would gift tickets to this alongside one of the books from the show so that some pre-show and post-show reading on Eric Carle can be enjoyed. My own children have always gained the most from book-themed shows when they have a strong understanding of the text first.

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This Australian-made show will excite, educate and entertain new readers and first time theatre goers, while those who grew up with the books will delight in experiencing one of the most popular children’s books ever written.QPAC Thanks to QPAC I have a family pass to giveaway (four tickets) to the 12:30pm show on December 1st. Enter by leaving a comment on this post or on the Facebook or Instagram posts associated with this post. Entries close Monday 7th November at midday. Full terms and conditions below. 

COMP CLOSED! Congratulations Jenny Stubbs!winner

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I have received nothing in return for hosting this giveaway. My aim is just to share the literary love and to thank all you readers who have joined me here at Children’s Books Daily.

How to enter

‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ giveaway commences at 9am (AEDT) on 1st November 2016, and ends at midday (AEDT) on 7th November 2016.

Entrants are required to leave a comment on this blog post OR on the Facebook post associated with the giveaway OR the Instagram post associated with the post.

Terms and Conditions

Entry is open to residents of Australia only – and only those who can travel to Brisbane. Persons entering must be over 18 years of age.

Entry is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining a winner.

Winners will be chosen by CBD editors from all eligible entries received.

Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Winners will be contacted via comment function on the blog entry or Facebook status update or Instagram

If a winner is unable to be contacted or does not claim their Prize within 14 days the prize will be forfeited.

In the event of forfeiture a further draw will be conducted within 14 days and a new winner will be selected.


The Prize will be sent to the winner’s address or email.

Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash.

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  1. The Hungry Caterpillar is a favourite on our houselhold. When my daughter was born this was the theme for her nursery. She absolutely loves this book and at nearly 4 can tell you the story as she flicks through the pages. Hearing her say “and he was still hungry” is just delightful. We would love to see this show and I know that we would have one very happy 4 year old and a 14 month old who would think it would be just as good. As well as a very impressed mum! Thanks for the option of entering

  2. As a family we love The Hungry Caterpillar and this has been passed down to our nearly 4 year old daughter. When she was born her nursery was in this theme and since then she has loved the book. She loves this story and will happily read it to you as she turns each page. We’ve read it that many times that she remembers it. Hearing her say with such glee “and he was still hungry” is just delightful. We would love to see this on stage and I know it would be an experience my daughter would be talking about for a long time, mr 14 months will love the colours too and mum would enjoy it just as much. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  3. Megan, what a great show this will be! Even though my boys are teenagers, and I’m a few hours away, I’ll be buying tickets to this one. I doubt I’d have heard about this if not for your post.

  4. Thanks for the information about the Eric Carle performance at QPAC. Would love to take two preppie nephews and 3 year old niece. They loved our of the box shows with me this year so am sure they would love this. And I just love puppets!

  5. Oh Eric Carle has a special place in my heart. My kids are a bit bigger now (upper primary) but all time family favourites
    I still have some Eric Carle themed ‘file folder/lapbook’ activities we did/made when they were preschoolers and some beautiful art we made with torn paper of the Blue Horse etc (that I MUST get framed) but mostly my heart swells watching a little video I have of my 2 1/2-3 year old (now 9) on the spectrum not that verbal at the time (largely Echolalia) but with a great memory, awesome visual skills reading Brown Bear Brown Bear to his Nan and Gordy (great grandparents who have since passed away ) snuggled up between them in the big bed on a family holiday it is just gorgeous. Tears every time I watch it. I wonder if I could link it to your FB page. It shows the immense power and joy of books and reading in less than 2 minutes and I really credit it with helping him progress and develop with speech and language and communication skills (in mainstream school doing fine) and even social skills/being more connected with others. Love love love Eric Carle.

  6. Couldn’t agree more, we love theatre experiences and hiding out in air conditioning is also a welcome bonus in Brisbane Summer, little Miss Three loves the hungry caterpillar – the art of the books is also fabulous as well as the story. What a great opportunity to explore some of the other stories as well.


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