08/01/2015 10:55 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

The Very Hungover Caterpillar: A Parody For Parents

Little Brown Book Group

Hungover parents – look up from your duvet, it's safe to come out.

There are no excitable children wanting you to build something with Lego, no small person ready to jump on your head. We're all in this together, and we've found the perfect cure for that heavy head and mouth which tastes like a flip flop.

We give you The Very Hungover Caterpillar – a new take on Eric Carle's classic children's book, exclusively for parents who just cannot handle hangovers anymore.

In the book by parents Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees, a father of three young children struggles to shake a killer hangover – using any means possible, most notably FOOD (read: seven items of curry and a bumper bowl of ice cream).

He huffs and puffs and generally struggles through the day at home, finally making it to the other side and ready to face another day (pint, optional).

Josie and Emlyn are the writers behind the genius read We're Going On a Bar Hunt (we're sure we don't need to explain the plot!) and are mum and dad to Tallulah, 14, Roxy, 10, and Minty, seven.

We caught up with Josie about the inspiration for their new parody-for-parents book.

"We had so much fun with We're Going on a Bar Hunt and The Very Hungover Caterpillar felt like a natural fit as the original book is close to parents' hearts," she told us.

"Everyone has a drink and sometimes people have a hangover – but that can be horrific when you have kids to look after.

"It celebrates what we've all been through before, and the idea from the original Caterpillar book is centred around food – which of course is perfect for hangovers.

"Our book follows all the stages of a hangover with small children – waking up in the morning, needing huge amounts of food but still having to function and not having the luxury of lying on the sofa without anything to do.

"A new mum out on the lash is one of the most dangerous things around. My first night out after I finished breastfeeding landed me with the most epic hangover – and then I had a small child to care for.

"Still, it wasn't as bad as having to go to a kids' party with one. Emlyn once lost a bet with me and had to go to a soft play centre after a boozy night. You can imagine the trauma..."


The Very Hungover Caterpillar is on sale from November 6, priced at £9.99.

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We speak to Eric Carle about the original Very Hungry Caterpillar