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3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,127 Ratings  ·  219 Reviews
E' repellente, pustoloso, puzzolente e perfido. Eppure anche lui ha un sogno: conquistare la principessa che, secondo la profezia di una vecchia strega, lo aspetta nel castello dove un cavaliere in armatura la tiene prigioniera, E siccome Shrek è una creatura intrepida, oltre che orrenda, chissà che non riesca davvero a vivere orribilmente felice e tragicamente contento co ...more
Paperback, Oscar junior, 47 pages
Published July 2010 by Mondadori (first published 1990)
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“Shrek!” is another memorable classic book from the great mind of William Steig and it is about how Shrek, a repulsive ogre, tries to find the princess to marry after he leaves his parents’ home. “Shrek!” is a great book for children who love reading books about monsters.

William Steig has done a great job at both illustrating and writing this modern day fairy tale that is full of attitude. William Steig’s illustrations are truly beautiful and hilarious especially of the images of Shrek himself a
Feb 03, 2016 Reddish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
Desde que vi la primera película de Shrek, éste siempre ha sido uno de mis personajes favoritos de la animación. Libro muy cortito pero divertido. Go, Shrek!

“Y vivieron horriblemente felices para siempre, asustando a cualquiera que se cruzara en su camino.”
This is about the delightfully dreadful Shrek--the ORIGINAL Shrek. Yes, Shrek is a hideous and vastly unpleasant (and stinky!) ogre, yes there is a donkey, and yes there is an (ugly) princess waiting to be rescued. But, the similarities between the movie end there. This is basically the tale of how Shrek goes around causing havoc, delighting in disgusting people, once he is (literally) kicked out out of the house, er, hole in the ground, by his parents. When he meets a witch who gives him a prop ...more
"Fat raindrops began sizzling on Shrek's hot knob." -- from Shrek.

You tell me, picture book or porn?

I've only seen snippets of the film but I can't even imagine what the two have to do with one another. I usually go for odd little stories but this was more off than I'm okay with. Picture book Shrek is REALLY, really ugly and mean. He makes movie Shrek look handsome and the princess might make your kid have nightmares.

There's also a [Book: It's a Book] moment with a "jabbering jackass". Look a
Inés Izal
Un libro de niños, que inspiró a los guionistas de las películas de Shrek.
Me encantan los dibujitos de cada inicio de capítulo.
Jan 18, 2015 ily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

No. Shrek es tan feo en el interior como lo es en el exterior. No entiendo cómo puede llegar a ser considerado un libro para niños. O sea, este ogro malvado y repugnante va por la vida siendo malvado y repugnante con los demás. Se supone que el mensaje que el libro da es que la apariencia no lo es todo, que muchas veces nos engaña. Pero Shrek es tratado como a un monstruo, lo cual está justificado por su horrible actitud y forma de ser.
Nov 20, 2013 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it when the kids were younger... love the film.
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The book that inspired the all-time classic that won the first Oscar for Best Animated Feature and whoop Disney in the butt. A film that has made countless sequels and spinoffs and you would think that the book provided enough material to make a feature animated film but you want to know the honest truth... the movie was better than the book!!!!!

I found this book to be bland, the illustrations to be weak, and not much of plot. I have t
R.S. Carter
Aug 10, 2014 R.S. Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I went to see Shrek the Musical this evening with my children and we bought the book at the concession stand. I had no idea that the original movie was based on a children's book.

Loosely based. Very loosely.

But Shrek is still our beloved ogre in this book and he revels in his hideousness and delights in his horrible ogre ways. Perfectly Shrek!
Nati Delgado
Jan 01, 2015 Nati Delgado rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
jaja este "libro" lo leí en menos de 10 minutos, no esperaba que fuera tan corto, la verdad es que no me gustó mucho, este es uno de los pocos casos en que la película es mejor.
Jun 01, 2016 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
The verses and the art are my favorite parts of this one by crazy Steig.
In attempt to read all things monsters, I thought I'd check out the original Shrek! and see if there was a teaching tool embedded within this children's book. I enjoy watching the film adaptation of this children's book, and have used the film a few times in my classroom.

I was hoping this text could be used to supplement my curriculum's examination on our cultural fascination with monstrosity, but alas, this book is more of a charming, silly diversion than a learning tool. Still, my son thought
Laura V.
Muy cortito. Un ogro repugnante y asqueroso, que encuentra a su compañera de vida. ...more
Mark Dewey
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Donna Davis
This book came long before the movie. We bought it for daughter #2 (who came 14 years after #1; we have a large family, laden with sons). It is amusing in that it shows that not only fashion models, Cinderellas, and Barbie dolls get to find true love.

Shrek is not depicted as a dandy guy with a few cosmetic issues. He chortles as the flowers wilt when they see him coming. This is a very funny book, but because those who are less lovely are shown as being antithetical to nature itself, I withheld
Summary: Shrek is horrible, ugly, foul-smelling, and he terrifies everyone he meets. One day, he meets a witch who foretells that he will meet a donkey that will take him to a castle to fight a night to get to the princess who is even uglier than he is. He goes on his journey and finds the donkey who does take him to fight the night to meet the princess. When Shrek and the princess meet, each is thrilled with the other’s ugliness and terribleness, and they wed and live horribly ever after.
Taylor R
I find it amazing how the director and writers made such a lengthy movie based off a 32 page book. I think the room of mirrors has to be my favorite. Something so "repulsive" facing himself so many times. It was amusing and entertaining how much he liked looking at himself. :)

Overall, if you're a huge fan of the movies like me, just take 10 minutes to read the book and see what the original Shrek was like, with his pink jelly bean looking shirt and yellow trousers.
Loved the first Shrek movie (not so much the other two, but did like the Christmas special). So, I was very curious to see the root of the story. Overall, I liked how it was expanded on to make a movie, but it really was a loose translation. I enjoyed reading this to Natalie quite a bit. I loved the vocabulary. Lots of "big" words and variety in words. Where was also other fun play with words, such as "Pheasant, peasant? What a pleasant present," which I had to stop and read more carefully. I al ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Luis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro muy cortito, divertido y con muy buenas ilustraciones. Así comienza el libro: “Su madre era fea y su padre era feo, pero Shrek era más feo que los dos juntos”.
Lauren Stoolfire
The original Shrek! picture book is much different than the film. In the book, Shrek is proud of his appearance and behavior so he begins a quest to find a princess just as ugly with the help of a donkey which was all predicted by a witch. Although Shrek is pretty bad, he accepts himself for who he is and does not attempt to change himself for anyone. The text includes lots of rhyming and alliteration. As for use with children since the Shrek films have become so popular, it would be a good poin ...more
Oct 30, 2014 Noura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
It would have been much more interesting if they made a faithful adaptation.
Ruth Learn
May 11, 2015 Ruth Learn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Ugh... I had to read this for a project on Sutton Foster and it was awful... just awful...
Jan 19, 2015 Yomarly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Me quedo con el Shrek de la película..
Lorelupin Acevedo
Jun 14, 2016 Lorelupin Acevedo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como digo al principio nunca me imagine que existiera un libro infantil de una de mis películas favoritas de mi época de secundaria y como digo encontré la información por curiosidad y hoy que andaba bajando epubs de Internet me encontré con el y lo leí y debo decir que es super raro que en una forma muy breve (digo breve en literal ya que lo leí en 30min) nos cuenta la historia de este ogro malhumorado y debo decir que es muchísimo mejor la película que el libro ya que no es nada de lo que cono ...more
Hannah Wolf
In this tale Shrek is a hideous creature who sets out to save a princess in distress. Everyone believes that Shrek is the ugliest thing that they have ever seen (and he is pretty ugly). So he is sent out to save a princess who is trapped in a castle. When he gets there, a guard is guarding the entrance and won't let him in. Shrek just laser's him with his eyes and walks right in. However, when he gets in he is taken back. Their are mirrors everywhere and he doesn't understand what ugly creature ...more
Priscila Lima
Those who have seen the Shrek movies will find out that this book is completely different. In the book Shrek is without a doubt the ugliest and most hideous creature to ever exist. He is uglier that both of his parents combined. Kicked out of the house by his parents, Shrek goes on a quest to find the ugliest princess to have ever lived and marry her. Along the way he shows off his disgusting characteristics, such as smoking belches from his ears. When he finally finds his princess, he is deligh ...more
Author/Illustrator: William Steig
First Published: 1990

Turning the storybook hero trope on its head, Steig takes an ugly, mean, unlikeable Shrek and gives him a classic storyline. Sent out to make his way in the world ("they kicked him goodbye"), he meets a witch who tells his fortune: ride a noble steed (donkey), conquer a knight (unchivalrously) and wed a princess ("who is even uglier than you").

It's a lot of fun. And it's interesting to see the origins of Shrek.

Read aloud - 4+
Read yourself
Feb 28, 2011 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shrek! by William Steig
William Steig's Shrek! is one of my favorite books to read aloud.

I would love it for the Pheasant, Peasant!? section alone if that were all there were to it, but thankfully it is a crazy word play throughout!
Well, it's supposed to be funny. And, yes, there were certain lines that I loved from the movie that is based on this book. But the story line overall, it certainly wasn't a big winner for me. The movie definitely elaborated on the original plot in the book. But there was still a donkey (of course--it's William Steig!) and a princess. Lots of rhyming going on. It wasn't awful. I think lots of kids would like it. But young ones too familiar with the movie would probably be bored and disappointed.
Feb 06, 2011 Dianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a creative and fun read about a completely disgusting, smelly, repulsive, fire-breathing, laser-eyed green monster named Shrek. I enjoyed the verse.

Incidentally, I've never heard any controversy around this book, but it uses the same word (jackass) in the same context (to a donkey) as It's a Book. It is not, however, the punchline of the whole book; just in a passing phrase.
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William Steig was born in New York City in 1907. In a family where every member was involved in the arts, it was not surprising that Steig became an artist.

He published his first children's book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968, embarking on a new and very different career.

Steig's books reflect his conviction that children want the security of a devoted family and friends. When Sylvester, Farmer
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“Did you ever see anybody so disgusting: said lightning to thunder, "never," growled thunder, "let's give him the works.” 24 likes
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