“ Trolley case for children featuring The Very Hungry Caterpiller „
My nephew needed a case for a trip he was going on. So I offered to get it for him. I saw this case, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Trolley Case, and bought it based on the fact he loved a book based on a caterpillar. I later found out the The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a book (although different to my nephews book).
The case had a bright design with a big green caterpillar on the front. The caterpillar is surround by all kinds of food and treats you could imagine a mischievous hungry caterpillar would plough through. When i gave it to my nephew his words were "IT HAS A CATTERPILLAR ON IT. WOW!!!!!!!"
The case is red with green handles, zips and wheels. The case is suitable for all kinds of short trips or weekend breaks. It is 50cm in height, by 30 width, by 16 depth and can hold number of clothes, shoes and essential for a child. My nephew loves packing his toys in the case and walking them round the house.
I paid £15 for the case and have been pleased with the purchase. The wheels work really well making it an ease to pull along. The outer casing is made of PVC and is easy to wipe down which is great for the little mucky pup.
The inside of the case is very basic. There are no additional pockets or sleeves which would be handy.
All in all it is a basic case with a big bright caterpillar on it. What more could a child want?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Trolley Case
Yay for .....The Very Hungry Caterpillar Trolley case! It's based upon a great story by Eric Carle. The story is basically a story about a caterpillar that munches its way through an array of food - cake, lollies, fruit and ice cream until he eventually goes through his transformation. We bought this from Amazon for about £15.99.
Based upon the story, this is a very bright, soft bodied and fun children's suitcase, suitable for weekend travel or short trips away. If take abroad I would say this is only classed as hand luggage so its probably more suited for some toys, books etc. The size is 50cm in height, by 30 width, by 16 depth. The outer part of the case is made of green and red canvas with the front panel made of pvc which is of course easy to wipe clean.
**Bright and Cheerful**
The design is bright and cheerful with the hungry caterpillar on the front, surrounded by many pictures of the food he eats. The case has a pull up handle which can be locked once its pulled out. That's a handy feature for when my son is driving me do-lally with his constant pulling it out and pushing it in, although the downside is, it starts off a tantrum lol. There is also a stitched on handle on top of the case so it can be picked up quickly if needed (for crossing roads etc)
The inside of the case is very basic so nothing to write home about really. I bought it for my young sons clothes for weekends away because it was eye catching and suited the purpose at the time we needed it for. There are no pockets inside which puts it at a slight disadvantage to other cases we have but its fine for packing clothes or toys in.
**My Toddlers Thoughts**
As to what my son thinks of it, well he's just coming up to two and recognises the caterpillar as we have the story book. When we get it out for travels he says ' Ma Billa!' (caterpillar) and immediately he starts smiling. As with all other cases like this we have, he makes a play for messing with the handle. Yawn! But at least it keeps him entertained for a while! At 2 years old, he likes to try and pull it along which he is starting to master a little easier this past month or so. It does tend to fall on its side if filled with clothes though as its too heavy for his little arms. He knows its his suitcase though and is always excited to pack his little teddy in it for bedtime.
A trolley these days no longer has to be in plain colours and this item is no exception to modern children's fashion.
For those readers who are familiar with the Eric Carle classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar you will recognise the images on the front (lollies, fruit, cake and other treats) which are the items the Caterpillar eventually munches through before his transformation.
This trolley is a compact size, easily fitting essentials in. It's perfectly sized ( approx h50 x w30 x d15cm) to pack a change of clothes, a favourite toy and snacks and possibly a few other bits for a flight/trip. The size makes it a great introduction to 'big peoples' luggage.
Looks wise it's stunningly bright with a nice touch of retro appealing to parents like me. Great quality, however I wouldn't 'check it in' with the rest of our luggage it is purely to be used as hand luggage.
This is the perfect item to introduce children to packing and to get them in the holiday spirit. Not only will they feel like a grown-up, they will be learning too. The handle height on this suitcase is ideal in my opinion for children age 2 up.
A bit on the expensive side if you only plan to use it once or twice, we will be using ours at least 4-5 times travel ise to get our monies worth in my opinion. Matching items are available and if you are an avid fan of Eric Carle, other variations of this famous Caterpillar designs are available.
I was looking around for a new suitcase for my daughter who was 4 years old at the time, she already had a small cheap suitcase but was not big enough for all her clothes and toys she wanted to bring on our holiday. We were going away for 3 days to inverness and had a small polo car at the time with a small boot so i wanted a small compact suitcase for her.
I looked on amazon for a childs suitcase, i came across the hungry caterpiller suitcase, I paid £19.00 for it but had a voucher to pay for it or i would not have paid the price for it.
The hungry caterpiller is a famous character from a book by author eric carle, any one with kids will know the story. The suitcase is colourful, it has a green and red caterpiller on the front with many food pictures too, ice cream cone, apple, lolly pop, and muffin and many more. As the story book goes the hungry caterpiller eats food page to page! The outer case is green and red canvas and the front of the case is made from pvc. Has wheels and pull up handle.
The case height 41 cm, width 16 cm. lenght 31 cm. The handle extends to 29 cm. These are rough measurements.
The case is a perfect size for a small child for trips away for a few days, not suitable for trips abroad. It would suit a boy or girl. It has no sections or partitions in the case. It has a plastic frame in the case to stop the case being damaged or going out of shape. The canvas material is strong and hard wearing, the wheels are made from plastic and are good quality. The handle adjusts to your childs perfect height for holding, the handle has small grips. The case is light enough for my daughter to hold or pull along behind her.
My daughter adores her suitcase, she feels like a big girl having her own suitcase and being able to pull along by herself. She loved the caterpillar design as i had read the book many many times to her. It can be easily be wiped clean with a damp cloth. It does not take up much room in the car and she uses it as a toy box at home in her bedroom. She has had so much use out of the case and its still in perfect condition.
When we arranged our jollies last year we were well aware that it might possibly be our last foreign holiday for a while due to the fact that we had a new baby due at the beginning of 2011. And as (kinda) patient as I am, I do not *do* babies on planes. So we booked a trip to New York for me, Mark and the (then) three kids. No expense spared, we even had brand new suitcases each.
This Very Hungry Caterpillar case is the one I chose for three year old Hollie. She didn't particularly need a case for her clothes as her stuff is so small it could easily go in with ours, but she still wanted her own suitcase for a few items of clothing plus other bits and pieces.
The case is obviously based on the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The front features the caterpillar himself surrounded by images of the foods he munches his way through in the book, so beautifully done that looking at the case reminded me of being a little girl and my lovely dad telling me the story. This front panel is made of PVC which makes the case appear bright, cheerful and fun. It also helps me keep the case clean as it's so easily wipeable, even after Hollie kicked it around the airport when our flight was delayed.
The sides and back panel of the suitcase are more of a shiny canvas material, which helps the case keep it's shape and structure. It's still very much a soft bodied case, but the stiff sides prevent it from becoming (too) bashed about. While we were at the airport Hollie watched a couple of guys sitting on their cases, of course she had to try it and although the front of the Caterpillar case dimpled in a bit it did pop back into shape as soon as she took her weight off it.
Inside the case is very basic, there are no pockets or dividers so any kind of organisation is impossible. As I have mentioned, we didn't specifically use the case for clothes and instead let Hollie choose some things to bring on holiday with her. It holds more than I originally thought it would actually; I put her shoes, toiletries and half a pack of pull-ups into the case (after running out of room in my own suitcase) and there was still enough room for In The Night Garden and Tigger to be represented. I'm surprised the customs-types didn't pull us in for soft toy smuggling!
The pull up handle is excellent, it pulls out and pushes back in very smoothly and there is a small locking button so the handle can be held in place, whether in or out. I found this incredibly useful (especially when Hollie herself didn't know how to unlock the handle) as in the JFK airport a child racing round dragging a suitcase is not considered acceptable behaviour. Unlike in Birmingham airport, where anything goes!
There is a plastic moulded section on the pull out handle, this is shaped nicely for little hands to get a decent grip around and I've never noticed Hollie dropping the case to the floor or being particularly clumsy with it. There is a second handle stitched to the top of the case, another good idea as it enabled Mark to actually lift the case when Hollie got bored of pulling it around.
Obviously there are wheels on the back two corners of the suitcase, and this is where my one and only criticism comes in. Although the wheels are attached securely to the case, they spin very strangely and unless the ground is perfectly level the case refuses to go in a straight line. This happens with some of these smaller cases I know, but at nearly £30 this cost a damn sight more than other mini cases Hollie owns so I wasn't expecting this problem.
The dimensions of this small suitcase are 30 x 50 x 16cm, which is perfect for children from the ages from three (which is the recommended age for use) up to I'd say seven or eight.