Keats’s Neighborhood: An Ezra Jack Keats Treasury
About this book
Ezra Jack Keats is widely acknowledged as one of the first people to feature realistic, friendly, multi-ethnic urban settings in his picture books-forever changing the landscape of children's literature in the process. Now this beautiful collection brings together nine of his best-loved stories, including the 1963 Caldecott Medal-winning book The Snowy Day and Caldecott Honor book Goggles!, plus Whistle for Willie, Peter's Chair, Apt. 3, and others. Also included is artwork from an unfinished picture book, The Giant Turnip, published here for the very first time. An introduction by celebrated critic of children's literature Anita Silvey outlines Keats's career and inimitable contributions. In addition, five of the most important writers and illustrators working in the field today share their thoughts on Keats and the legacy he left behind. An afterword describes his incredible life, from his childhood in Brooklyn to children's book legend.
I loved reading about Keats and how he became an illustrator and how The Snowy Day was first published. Many of the 10 books of his I hadn't read before, and it was nice to see the range of his subjects and overall mood of his body of work, but they do lose something by being squeezed onto this book's page format. I love the long rectangular shape of their original publication and the way the paintings read. This book was worth checking out from the library, but for my (fantasy) collection, I'd prefer to own each book individually.