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Eric Carle to Visit Museum May 28 for Book Signing

AMHERST — The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art announced that co-founder Eric Carle will return to sign books and meet fans on Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. Museum members will receive priority line placement and may enter early at 9:30 am. The signing is free with museum admission.

Carle has illustrated more than 70 books. His latest book, The Nonsense Show, published last October, is a book to make children laugh and use their imagination by introducing them to different artistic styles. It made Time’s Top 10 Children’s Books of 2015. It follows on the heels of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, an homage to the artist Franz Marc and expressionism, and Friends, with its semi-abstract artwork.

Carle’s literary career began in 1967 when educator and author Bill Martin Jr. asked him to illustrate a story he had written. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is the result of their collaboration and is still a favorite with children everywhere. Soon Carle was writing his own stories. His first wholly original book was 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo (1968), followed afterward by the celebrated classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969).

Carle’s books have been read by millions of children all over the world and have been translated into 62 languages. He has illustrated more than 70 books, many of them bestsellers, most of which he also wrote. More than 132 million copies of his books have sold worldwide. Carle and his late wife, Barbara Carle, co-founded the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst in 2002.

A limited number of tickets to the signing will be distributed to visitors on the day of the event. No tickets will be available in advance. There is a limit of three books total per ticket holder (includes one book from home per group or family), and no personalization. Carle will be signing books only. No flash photography is allowed. The signing is in person only; the museum is not able to accommodate online orders that need to be shipped.

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