The Academy Theatre presents: The Very Hungry Caterpillar The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle, has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969, selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Carle’s well-known books have captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories. His work has introduced generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself. This timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. After a successful run in 2016, the show returned to New York in 2017 and continues to run. The original run of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show in New York started previews January 30, 2016 at the 47th St Theatre and opened February 7, 2016 where it performed 76 shows. Due to popular demand, the show transferred into a larger venue, where it played until August 28, 2016 after a record-breaking 8 month run. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show became the most successful children’s puppet show in New York history.