Friday, May 14, 2010

Shrek! by William Steig

Shrek's mother was ugly. His father was ugly. But Shrek was uglier than the two of them put together. And with that warning, William Steig has kicked off the tale of the foul-smelling, fire-breathing, lightning-belching ogre. This story turns other fairy tales right on their heads and leaves you wondering whether you should cheer or fear the main character.

Shrek has become a famous character since the Mike Meyers-voiced movies started, and with the upcoming 4th Shrek movie about to hit theatres in 3-D, he's likely to return to the media forefront. People who turn to the William Steig original will find favourite characters like Shrek and Donkey, but they might be surprised by the storyline (it differs from the original movie). Like other Steig books, it plays with fun language and vocabulary and has great illustrations. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you're only familiar with the movie versions.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Shrek: The Essential Guide The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
Ogre Eats Everything by Bethany Roberts
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Doctor De Soto by William Steig
Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't) by Barbara Bottner

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