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The Very Clumsy Click Beetle (signed copy)

Eric Carle

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ISBN 10: 039923201X / ISBN 13: 9780399232015
Published by Philomel, 1999
Condition: fine Hardcover
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First edition, first impression. Oblong glossy illustrated hardcover. SIGNED BY ERIC CARLE ON THE TITLE PAGE without personalization or inscription. Unpaginated (26 pp.) illustrated throughout in color. Makes beetle-clicking sounds (although the battery may need replacing). Fine, small ownership name and phone number top corner of the verso of the front free endpaper. No dust jacket. Books signed by the prominent illustrator Carle are quite uncommon and this title is particularly so. Bookseller Inventory # GE12591

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Title: The Very Clumsy Click Beetle (signed copy)

Publisher: Philomel

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition:fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition.

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Synopsis:

A VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

When a little click beetle falls onto his back, he seeks the help of a wise old click beetle. "Look at me," says the more experienced click beetle, giving a loud CLICK and flipping onto its feet. But try as he might, the clumsy little click beetle just can't get the hang of it--or can he? In the tradition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Carle creates a winning story of perseverance and pride in achievement complete with an ingenious fiber-optic microchip that truly gives voice to the valiant little beetle as it CLICKs its way through the colorful pages and somersaults into your heart.

Praise for The Very Clumsy Click Beetle:

"Sure to be loved and requested again and again, Click Beetle is a well-crafted story, joyfully illustrated, that speaks to the hearts of young children."--Library Journal 

"At once stark and sophisticated, Carle's trademark collage art fills the pages of his latest Very volume."--Publishers Weekly

"Carle's trademark artwork, featuring large, colorful collages set against expansive white space, is--as always--a strong attribute."--Booklist

Review:

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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