Author: Robert Martinez
Illustrator: Alex Rios
Published: June 21, 2018
Length: 30 Pages
The Caterpillar Who Decided Not To Be a Butterfly is a charming little book about a caterpillar who, as the title says, does not want to be a butterfly. Told from the perspective of a reluctant caterpillar, the story is a fable about the “changes” in an insect’s life. It mixes humor, playfulness, and a touch of sadness as the hero slinks his way on a journey of self-discovery. Even though it is for children, The Caterpillar Who Decided Not To Be a Butterfly is a book that will resonate with older readers as well.
My initial thought was how cute is that adorable caterpillar trying to give off way too much attitude. The illustrations done by Alex are superbly done in a vibrancy of colors to win readers over of any age. The drawings are simple and not over complicated with detail. Giving you just enough to add to the story and not distract from it. My youngest (3 years old) was always wanting to see the next image.
The storyline of our dear caterpillar was captivating and engaging. Not only is this an enjoyable story but your child will walk away with information retained within their young minds. My 5-year-old proceeded to tell me the stages of a caterpillar. And to my surprise she knew it. Ok maybe that was because this has become an instant favorite for my girls and is usually read twice day and is why it stuck in her mind so well.
As a parent I loved the storyline. I mean not only are we able to help the growth of a child’s mind, but the resemblance of this particular caterpillar and a stubborn threeanger are uncanny. I adored the personality that was built into the storyline. The wording sweet and simple that a young mind can grasp the concept. But most of all, the actual storyline that follows the educational aspects of this book is impeccably written.
The journey starts at day one and ends…Well I can’t tell you how it ends. But I will tell you that you will not be disappointed.