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Are You a Max Person or a Peter Person?


In 1963 and 1964, two landmark children's books were published — in 1963, Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy Day and in 1964, Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. Both won the Caldecott Medal award and both changed children's publishing forever.

The books could hardly be more different, from the colors and artistic techniques to the style, themes, and the two protagonists — Max and Peter.

Who's your favorite? Are you a Max person or a Peter person? It says a lot about your personality. Read the books and decide, and then compare your results with your friends and family.

I'll tell you what I am: I love them both, but I'm partial to Peter. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has sponsored a bookmaking contest for New York City school children for the past 23 years, and this year, the winners are on display at Hudson Park Library in the second floor children's room.

The artistry and variety are amazing. Come by Hudson Park Library's sunny and lively children's room and take a look at the work of book designers of the future! The books will be on display until May 15, 2009.


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Hadn't thought of them as

Hadn't thought of them as poles before. Fun idea & post. Me? Peter.

This is a fascinating

This is a fascinating question. I prefer Max because of his unbridled feistiness.

third choice

I'm not sure if it has reached modern classic status yet, but Ladybug Girl offers a sort of third choice, as I think she is a blend of the two characters:

Good Question

I'm more Max. But what about curious George?

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