Eric Carle: Picture Writer The Art of the Picture Book is an intimate portrait of Eric Carle, creator of more than 70 books for children including the best-selling, classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Now 82, Eric Carle is still at work in his studio making books and creating art. Watch as he methodically layers a tissue paper collage of the caterpillar, pours over thumbnail sketches and drafts of his books. “I can do it, you can do it,” is his message and his mantra. This documentary taps into that deep creative need in each of us, a spirit that started in Eric as a very young child and is unceasing today.