Award winning Seattle-based game maker Wonder Forge, Inc™ and The World of Eric Carle have announced a multi-year North American licensing agreement, brokered by the Joester Loria Group, to develop preschool games based on Eric Carle’s best-selling books. The new line will feature Carle’s iconic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, on two of Wonder Forge’s most popular preschool game platforms—Matching and Surprise Slides™. These new games will debut with select retailers and media at the Toy Industry’s Fall Toy Preview Show in Dallas.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Surprise Slides Game allows players, ages 3+, to eat their way through the fruit and snacks before building a cocoon to become a butterfly. Players will have to be careful what they eat because a stomachache can set them back! It’s a different game every time it’s played.
The World of Eric Carle Matching Game, ages 3+, is a classic game of picture matching featuring the iconic characters from The World of Eric Carle. Flipping over brightly colored tiles to find pictures from The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Grouchy Ladybug and more.
“Carle’s signature artwork and award-winning stories are beloved the world over,” said Joel Berman, head of global business development and licensing for Wonder Forge. “His richly-painted and imaginatively envisioned characters have a special place in the hearts of preschoolers and parents alike. Now, the world of Eric Carle will come to life for families in a whole new way—through incredibly fun preschool games.”
“We selected Wonder Forge because we admire their high quality approach to game development and their ability to translate literary properties into creative new game experiences designed to delight preschool-aged children,” said Debra Joester, President at The Joester Loria Group.
The World of Eric Carle is an award-winning publishing franchise featuring timeless stories and iconic characters. With 128 million books sold, the brand has been a staple in schools, libraries and homes around the world for over three generations. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the top selling children’s books of all time and has been translated into 60 languages, selling more than 38 million copies since its publication in 1969.