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Ezra Jack Keats

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The Resume

    (March 11, 1916-May 6, 1983)
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Birth name was Jacob Ezra Katz
    Children's book author and illustrator
    Best-known book was 'The Snowy Day' (1962)
    Other books include 'My Dog Is Lost' (1960), 'Whistle for Willie' (1964), 'Peter's Chair' (1967), 'Apt. 3' (1971), 'Kitten for a Day' (1974), 'Maggie and the Pirate' (1979), and 'Regards to the Man in the Moon' (1981)

Why he might be annoying:

    He changed his name to sound less Jewish.
    He never married or had kids, saying that the characters in his books were his children.
    'The Snowy Day' is often erroneously described as the first children's book with a positively-portrayed African-American protagonist.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He designed camouflage patterns for the Army Air Force during World War II.
    He was the first artist asked to design greeting cards for UNICEF.
    'The Snowy Day' won the Caldecott Medal for 'most distinguished picture book for children.'
    The New York Public Library reported that 'The Snowy Day' was its all-time most frequently checked out book.

Credit: C. Fishel

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Year In Review:

    In 2022, Out of 4 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 7 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying