Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Great Wednesday Compare #5- Shel Silverstein VERSUS George Eliot

The final winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Margaret Wise Brown Vs Shel Silverstein), with a final score of 3-2, was Shel Silverstein!

Once again a Great Wednesday Compare contender hits the wall with the finish line in sight. Margaret Wise Brown, with four wins to her name, couldn't get past Shel Silverstein for a fifth. I've blogged about Brown's most popular books (Good Night Moon and Runaway Bunny) before but those are all I've ever read of hers. I've enjoyed the two I'm familiar with, but they've never been really popular at my house. My kids never requested them night after night, like some others in the collection, and my wife quite dislikes Good Night Moon. I probably would have liked them more if they'd been illustrated by someone other than Clement Hurd. Good books, but I'm surprised they're still popular.

A little off track, I watched an episode of Cheers the other night, where it was revealed that Carla had read the Runaway Bunny to her 8 kids over a thousand times, crying every time. And since we're onto Runaway Bunny trivia, David Letterman revealed to Oprah that it was a favourite of his to read to his son. Though, after Oprah mentions Love You Forever, Letterman seems to confuse this as another Margaret Wise Brown title. Oh well. We can bring this trivia full circle and give Munsch proper credit. Ripping off the whole adult crying over a children's book gag from Cheers, Joey brings the gang to tears by reading Love You Forever, this time acknowledging that it was indeed written by Robert Munsch.

The Book Mine Set proudly brings you another post full of useless information.

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. (March 4, 2010), and if you want your book to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who is better?


Kate said...

Voting for Shel Silverstein for the same reasons as last week!

Chrisbookarama said...

George Eliot for me.

Bybee said...

I'm voting for Eliot, but of course I'm really voting for Middlemarch.

Loni said...

George Eliot!

Lahni said...

Silverstein. I have no reason - just because!

Unknown said...

Two wildly different authors, both amoung the very best at what they do. I'm going with Eliot, just becuase she has already proven her ability to stand the test of time.

Remi said...

Silverstein because he wrote Sylvia's Mother, The Cover of the Rolling Stone and a number of other great Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show songs.