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A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.
A Publishers Weekly Notable Children's Book of the Year.

William Steig is the author and illustrator of numerous books and a decades-long artist for The New Yorker. He has been awarded the Caldecott Medal, a Caldecott Honor, and two Newbery Honors. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

"Sure to enchant any child." (The Washington Post Book World)

"Monstrous Shrek spits flame, spews stench and is 'tickled' to be so repulsive. Making his way in the world, he finds a princess even uglier than he is . . . The merriment emerge[s] in each drawing, and the snappy text keeps the pace jolly as well." (Chicago Tribune)

"It's all here for Steig fans: magic, animism, chaos, self-reliance, hope, and fulfillment . . . The fast-forward movement of the story and the inventive challenging language, full of surprises, make this especially fun to read aloud." (Starred, School Library Journal)

"An original — and comical — reexamination of the reverse world of monsterdom." (Starred, Kirkus Reviews)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781427208279
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Series: Macmillan Young Listeners Story Time Sets Series
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 862,947
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(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.