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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #19: E. B. White VERSUS Agatha Christie

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (E. B. White Vs. Eric Carle), with a final score of 21-4, was E. B. White.

Earlier I said this would have been a difficult choice for me. I stick by that, but if I had chosen, I would have been on the losing team last week. Because Carle could write and illustrate, that bumped him ahead in my books. While I do think The Very Hungry Caterpillar was a masterpiece, he's had a lot of other great ones too: Have You Seen My Cat? (which, as BookGal can relate, was the first book my son could read), Papa Please Get The Moon For Me, The Very Lonely Firefly, and others. And that doesn't even include those that he illustrated for others: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (written by Bill Martin Jr.), The Greedy Python (written by Richard Buckley), and more. In last week's comments David wrote "Carle's early work showed a great deal of what he could have become as a fine artist." I respectfully disagree with that statement. I don't feel he wasted his talents at all. I often feel that picture book art is under-appreciated and Carle's Museum of Picture Book Art is the other reason I would have chosen him last week.

However, I'm still content with the results. Charlotte's Web was a favourite of mine as a child and I just finished reading it (a chapter a night) to my daughter, falling in love with it all over again. Unfortunately I haven't read anything else by him, though as last week's comments prove, he was so much more than that.

But was he better than "The Queen of Crime"?

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 23rd), and please spread the word!

Who's better?

18 comments:

Stephanie said...

Agatha Chrisite has been a favorite of mine for years! I love a good mystery, and she is definitely the Queen. Hands down Agatha Christie!

Literary Feline said...

Agatha Christie, hands down.

Rob Hardy said...

I'm going to have to go with E.B. White again. Had you put him up against Dorothy L. Sayers, it would have been a different story. I would trade everything Agatha Christie wrote just for Sayers' "The Nine Tailors." The best British mystery novel ever written.

david elzey said...

Sorry, John, but it was I you quoted who insulted Eric Carle last week, not Richard.

That said, the drawing room was never a draw for me, so it's Mr. White again this week for me.

John Mutford said...

David: You're right, sorry about that. By the way, I appreciate your comments, even when I disagree ;)

Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

Agatha. No explanation needed. (PS I've posted my initial choices for the reading challenge)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Going with EB White once again. I've never really warmed to Agatha Christie. although I am sure that will put me on some sort of hit list with the purists, but I'll have to take that chance.

kookiejar said...

I'm going to stick with White on this one. Although Christie's contribution to pop culture cannot be underestimated, I think that silly pig has her beat.

raidergirl3 said...

I've been waiting for Agatha's turn on the poll. Christie for the win; I named my poppet Christie

stefanie said...

E B White! I still cry when I read Charlotte's Web.

Dewey said...

Another tough choice. I love both of them. But Christie was a woman writer when women writers didn't get much respect, and she became hugely popular anyway. She was doing something unique with the mystery genre for her time. zAnd she has such an enormous body of work. Oh, and she did that cool "fugue" thing where she just up and disappeared and made a huge news sensation and came back with allegedly no memory of her missing time! So I vote Christie.

BookGal said...

Agatha Christie is my choice. I love a good mystery. It is hard to compare an adult author to a children's because I like them for different reasons.

Dale said...

I loved E.B. White first but I think Agatha Christie wins this one. I always enjoyed her writing where I seem to have limited my White count to Charlotte's Web.

Bybee said...

I'm staying with E.B. White. Dang, I'm worse than those Jane Austen people!

Nyssaneala said...

I would have to vote for Agatha Christie, without a doubt.

Carrie K said...

Agatha Christie, hands down.

GeraniumCat said...

'Fraid I'd vote for Christie, too, thoug I like EB White.

John Mutford said...

Voting is now closed.