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The Very Clumsy Click Beetle

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle

(1999)
(A book in the Very....... series)
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Eric Carle first published The Very Hungry Caterpillar in 1969, fully intending to create a series of interactive creature books for children. The beloved busy spider, quiet cricket, and lonely firefly books followed, but the artist's quest was not truly complete until The Very Clumsy Click Beetle was born. Carle, who says he'd rather watch a bug attempt to climb over a pebble than join an expedition to Mount Everest, appreciates the small things in life: the Eyed Elator (Alaus oculatus), to be exact--unremarkable except for that when this beetle falls on its back, it can't roll over to get up. Instead, it will stretch and release a snap mechanism that clicks and flips the beetle through the air, and ideally, back onto its feet. The very clumsy click beetle has no trouble with the clicking and flipping part, but it does have trouble landing on its feet. The young beetle tries and tries again, encouraged by an ambling turtle, a slithering snail, and a scurrying mouse. Finally, when a curious boy approaches, the beetle takes coaching from a wise old click beetle ("QUICK, CLICK and FLIP!") and succeeds. Children will love the bright, bold, tissue-paper illustrations that tell this story of perseverance, as well as--of course--the unusual clicking sound (emanating from an electronic chip with built-in battery and light sensor) that accompanies this playful book. (Click to see a sample spread. Copyright 1999 by Eric Carle. Permission of Philomel Books.) (Preschool and older) --Karin Snelson

 
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Hardback Editions

2005 : USA Board book
Title: The Very Clumsy Click Beetle
Author(s): Eric Carle
ISBN: 0-399-24366-6 / 978-0-399-24366-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Philomel Books
Availability: Amazon   

2000 : USA Hardback
Title: The Very Clumsy Click Beetle
Author(s): Eric Carle
ISBN: 0-439-21603-6 / 978-0-439-21603-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
Availability: Amazon   

November 1999 : UK Hardback
Title: The Very Clumsy Click Beetle
Author(s): Eric Carle
ISBN: 0-241-14089-7 / 978-0-241-14089-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

September 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: The Very Clumsy Click Beetle (Eric Carle's Very Series)
Author(s): Eric Carle
ISBN: 0-399-23201-X / 978-0-399-23201-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Philomel Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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