Review of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show by Waverly W., 9 years old
The Mom here!  I’m sure you’ve read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to your children a few hundred times, and I’m sure they love it and don’t even realize they’re learning about everything from days of the week to personal transformation while they’re listening to it and looking at the pictures!  Ready to take their love of this and other Eric Carle books to a whole new level, including many, many puppets? Take them to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, fresh from celebrating its thousandth show world-wide and now playing at DR2 Theater in Union Square (it’s also playing in many other cities around the world).  It’s actually four shows in one, each beautifully presented with colorful lighting, soothing music and talented storytelling, acting and puppeteering by the awesome Jake Bazel, Kirsty Sadler and Leanne Brunn!  Just wait until you see the look on your kids’ faces when they see the characters and stories come alive!

The awesome Leanne Brunn, Kirsty Sadler and Jake Bazel!

Waverly here! Mom’s right – I don’t know what was more fun – seeing all my old friends like Brown Bear and of course The Very Hungry Caterpillar as their stories were acted out in front of me or watching how excited the kids got and hearing them tell the stories right along with the actors.  I actually didn’t know that it would be four stories so I was excited to see the show start with one of my old favorites, Brown Bear, walking onto the stage to start the show.  Then, just like my mom said, the story literally came alive in front of me and all the other kids.  The adorable little two and a half year old girl behind us, Molly, was very excited and kept calling out what the brown bear was going to see right before the puppet would show up! Speaking of puppets, there were so many of them, and they were all so beautiful!  The actors were also puppeteers who made all the animals move perfectly and very realistically! The red bird flew around, the green frog hopped, and the blue horse popped out from a surprise door (shh…let the little ones find that out for themselves!).  I felt like a very little kid myself during the show, to be honest, and it was exciting to see it all going on in front of me while I was remembering the book and how my mom used to read it to me.
Next came Ten Little Rubber Ducks which was a nice story about ducks on the wide open sea, it was a nice calming story that had lots of animal puppets like a dolphin, a seal, a polar bear and my favorite, a beautiful bright flamingo! After that came a really nice and very pretty story to watch called The Very Lonely Firefly, which I never heard before.  It was about a firefly that was looking for other fireflies like him. It took a while but he finally did and wasn’t lonely anymore! I loved the colors of this story and I loved the man in the moon. I whispered to my mom that it felt a little like a magic show – see for yourself how nice it was to watch:

Photo by Russ Rowland

Then it was time for the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar, of course!  I remembered how excited I was to say the days of the week in order and to learn to count and I really wished my little brother Logan could have been there! All the little children, like Molly behind us, were so cute counting along to the story!  The caterpillar looked exactly like he does in the book and I loved seeing his cute little head pop out of all the food he ate.  I also loved seeing him turn into a very beautiful butterfly at the end!  I think every little kid AND big kid in the whole world should go see The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show!  

The very adorable Molly meets The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
The very adorable Molly meets The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Mom here again – I loved it, too! Childhood goes so fast — seems like just yesterday I was reading these books to my little baby girl who somehow turned 9 in the blink of an eye.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will give you some very cherished memories to look back on, so, as Waverly says, “Munch your way over to the theater to see it for yourself!”