Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #18: E. B. White VERSUS Eric Carle

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Ray Bradbury Vs. E. B. White), with a final score of 10-2, was E. B. White.

And now that we're all verklempt from our sad books discussion, I'm still going to wallow in my childhood for a moment longer.

This week's would probably be my toughest decision so far, as both of these authors were my absolute favourites as a child. If I was to throw James Howe in there, I'd have to take time off work just to mull it over.

Remember, vote simply by adding your comment below, base it on whatever merit you choose, voting does not end until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (October 16th), and please spread the word!

Who's better?

27 comments:

Nicole said...

I still vote for E.B. White. That Hungry Caterpillar book drives me insane. Sorry.

Chris said...

I love them both but I'll stick wih EB White.

Wendy said...

Oooooh, tough choice...but still EB White for me too.

Rob Hardy said...

E.B. White again, please. Not just for Charlotte, but also for his New Yorker essays and The Elements of Style.

Dewey said...

White of course, no contest! :)

Ms. V. said...

Eric Carle. I'm a sucker for my kids. He reminds me how delightful color and texture can be.

Debi said...

I'll definitely have to choose White. I'm afraid I'm just not a Carle fan...I know, I know, shame on me.

kookiejar said...

I'm going to go with White this time around. I didn't even know Carle's name until now, although I knew the caterpillar book.

Melanie said...

Although I do like Carle, E.B. White is my vote - for his classic novels, his essays, his letters.

Stephanie said...

Oh...I love Eric Carle's books! And so does my kids. Guess he's getting my vote this week!

le sigh said...

I'll pick E.B. White. I love Eric Carle, but White's use of language and honest storytelling means he's in a whole other league than Carle.

Journeywoman said...

E. B. White.

The hungry caterpillar and Brown Bear just don't have the emotional ties that Wilbur and co do.

Remiman said...

John,
I've never been introduced to Carle 'til now.
White and my dad corresponded.
I read White's books to my daughter.

White gets my vote by default.
rel

Gentle Reader said...

I'll have to go with E.B. White, because he produced both Charlotte's Web and The Elements of Style. I'm tired of reading Brown Bear to my daughter, but I don't think that's skewing my vote...

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

E.B.White, though if I had been paying attention last week, I would have voted for Ray Bradbury. :) I LOVED Something Wicked This Way Comes as a kid. LOVED.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm still going with my boy, EB. Charlotte's Web can be enjoyed by adults as well as my grade 3 self.

raidergirl3 said...

We've never really read the Carle books. I vote for EB White.

BookGal said...

This is the hardest one yet for me. I've probably read all of Eric Carle's books to either my daughter or my class, but I love Charlotte too. Ok -- I'm going against the crowd here but it's Carle for me. His books are among the first a kid can really read, and it's a thrill to hear a child read one for the first time.

david elzey said...

Huh-wha-huh?!! Let's see, this week we compare a kiwi with a turnip: which one goes better with cardboard?

That's what I feel this comparison is like. You have a brilliant writer, editor and stylist on the one hand, and a very unique graphic artist on the other. Carle's early work showed a great deal of what he could have become as a fine artist while White honed and crafted words his whole life, alternating between his work for The New Yorker and his children's books.

Carle doesn't belong here, send him packing. This is E.B. Territory!

John Mutford said...

Hi everyone: I know I said above that I was a major fan of both authors, but don't worry about offending me. I wouldn't have raised the question if I couldn't handle the abuse.

Also, a hearty welcome to all those sent here from Kookiejar's and Dewey's links- thanks for the help you two!

"Which one goes better with cardboard?"---too funny.

Bybee said...

I'm sticking with E.B. White. I love Charlotte's Web, and I've become a fan of some of White's essays, particularly "The Death Of A Pig" which is a beautiful example of writing.

Strawberry Blondie said...

Eric Carle. I have fond memories of many excellent novels from childhood, but no many illustrated books have stuck with me like "The Hungry Catepillar" and "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"

Mary Lee said...

EB White all the way for me!

Dale said...

EB4ME

Bonnie Jacobs said...

It's gotta be E. B. White for me. Did you read that I dreamed about recommending his Elements of Style the other night? Here's where you can read about it: http://wordsfromawordsmith.blogspot.com/2007/10/doing-it-in-style.html

JaneFan said...

E.B. White all the way! Where would we be without The Elements of Style?!

John Mutford said...

Voting now closed.