by William Steig

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Before Shrek made it big on the silver screen, there was William Steig's SHREK!, a book about an ordinary ogre who leaves his swampy childhood home to go out and see the world. Ordinary, that is, if a foul and hideous being who ends up marrying the most stunningly ugly princess on the planet is what you consider ordinary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312384494
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Series: Shrek Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 202,411
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including Shrek!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based; the Caldecott Medal-winner Sylvester and the Magic Pebble; The Caldecott Honor book The Amazing Bone; and the Newbury Honor Books Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto. Stieg also published thirteen collections of drawings for adults, including The Lonely Ones, Male/Female, and Our Miserable Life.

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Shrek! 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
didaly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
William Steig¿s antihero and his compatriots spat flame on the conservative values within the conventions of children's entertainment with this book, written in 1990. Yet Steig also riffed repeatedly on classic fairytale tradition in the book, so that his Shrek existed with one fuming foot within the known sphere of family entertainment, and one squarely outside of it. I liked the movies alright, but this book was and is groundbreaking in ways the films would never dare to be. Uptight parents and institutions may flinch at the "Jabbering Jackass!" comment, even if it's one of my favorite lines of all time.
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William Steig's 'Shrek' is a such a marvelous little book that one wonders how the movie's producers missed out on so much in their adaptation. Fans of the film will find a much richer story here, and a Shrek who is much less cutesy than the film's version. Some children's books (Pooh comes to mind) can be as much fun for parents as for the kids at read-aloud time. This is one of them.