By Jerald Pierce
Oct 4, 2019
Eric Carle, the author and illustrator behind the well-known picture book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” has a very distinct illustration style. It’s hard to imagine translating his method of collaging cut pieces of hand-painted tissue paper to stage puppets until you see it.
The puppets in “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show,” created by Jonathan Rockefeller and having its Chicago premiere at Chicago Children’s Theatre, look almost hand-carved. If they weren’t large, moving puppets, it’d be easy to imagine them being whittled by the loving hands of a talented parent for story time with their child.