Tony Marx

If you walk into any one of New York City’s public libraries, you’ll find that one thing has remained unchanged over the past 50 years: the enduring popularity of Ezra Jack Keats. Keats was more than just a brilliant illustrator—he was an artist deeply committed to creating works for young readers that captured the diversity […]

Just Whistle!

Listening to Whistling Hot Dog! All about weiner dogs (dachshunds) Dogs’ senses Make a twisty dog balloon Go for a Spin! Why does spinning make you dizzy? Whet Your Whistle Make a whistle out of almost anything Take a straw, make a whistle

Peter’s Mother & Father

Though never named, Peter’s parents are his gentle supporters. His mother is a confidante and source of comfort; his father is a role model and source of encouragement. Peter roams freely around the neighborhood, but Ezra gives Peter’s parents only one role: to provide warmth, protection and love at home.


Willie is a dachshund with a mind of his own. He is Peter’s loyal and protective friend, yet he’s frisky enough to chase other kid’s pets, even when it means ruining the plans of his beloved Peter.


The central figure in Ezra’s “neighborhood books,” Peter is unforgettable as a sweet little boy in a red snowsuit playing in the snow. He grows up to be a regular kid, coming to terms with a new baby sister and hanging out with his dog and his friends. While Peter is bright, imaginative and fun-loving, […]