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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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Read it when the kids were younger... love the film.
“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...more
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
Cheryl in CC NV
Although I love the vocabulary words Steig uses (blithe, irascible, putrid), and I love that Shrek is truly repulsive (unlike the movie version) I do think I, personally, prefer the movie because it's more complex, nuanced, and interesting. The horrible-ness of the illustrations make the book seem like a Roald Dahl story and I would recommend it to his young fans.
Mark Dewey
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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...more
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.
"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...more
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
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.
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.
Matthew Hunter
His mother was ugly and his father was ugly, but Shrek was uglier than the two of them put together.

Thus begins the tale of Shrek, one hideous happy being filled with "rabid self-esteem". Shrek smells and looks terrible. He says things like "You jabbering jackass!", gobbles up lightning then belches smoke, and loves the stench of boiling vats of bats. He's vile, and perfectly fine with it. Almost every illustration includes a smiling Shrek, with the notable exception being when he dreams about f...more
Claire S
For kid's movies, Shrek is great. Kinda feminist and all'a that. I read something about the process from book to film, so wanted to see the book. It's pretty nifty too. I should re-read and post more specifics, but it's out of my hands already. The pictures are totally ogre-y, not cutesified at ALL. I remember that much!
Shrek is a terrible ogre who goes out into the world to find adventure (actually he was kicked out into the world by his parents.) Along the way, he meets a witch who says he'll meet a donkey who will take him to a Knight and there he will find a very ugly princess.

I read this because I love, love the Shrek movies. I just had to read the book that started it all.

Shrek is an ogre with an attitude and very much loves that he frightens people. It makes him so happy. I thought the book was interesti...more
This is an awesome book for teaching children how to use different verbs to make their writing more exciting! William Steig is awesome!!
Paul Farbman
Feb 14, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fourth to fifth graders
Recommended to Paul by: Terry Benton
Shelves: 00-in-class
William Steig's picture book was the very first version of the famous movie Shrek. In general, I enjoyed the movie version better, but it was interesting to see where the film drew its roots from.

There is some moderate violence in this book, but definitely not the worst I've seen. I did find some of the swearing used as unnecessary to the story. Other parts of the text are somewhat archaic and hard to understand.

If someone were to read this book before seeing the film, it might seem very intere...more
See ugly people can be happy too. Loved this as a child and was tickled green when they made a movie of it.
It was interesting to see where the movie ideas originated--not a fan of the artwork.
Cute book.Love it! :D
Very fun read-aloud!
Robert Beveridge
Feb 09, 2011 Robert Beveridge rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: people who haven't seen the movie
Recommended to Robert by: the movie
William Steig, Shrek! (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1990)

You've been hearing debates as long as movies have been around about whether the book is better than the movie. I'm here to tell you that in 99% of cases, they're not. But there are certainly shining exceptions to that rule. Psycho. Any movie made from a Thomas Harris novel (well, okay, not Hannibal Rising). Shrek.

“Wait!”, I hear you yelling. “One of these things is not like the others!” And yeah, you're right, but whereas Hollywood seems i...more
I was very surprised to see that this book was what the movie was based off of, but this book was not as entertaining or funny as the movie. Although the plot was not much different from the movie; Shrek must make a journey to save a princess, and along the way he meets a donkey that helps him along the way, he must battle a dragon and when he meets the princess, he finds out that she is also an ogre. What I did like about the book was the language that it used and the visuals that it created in...more
Very hard to review this book.

First of all this is a children’s book, and I’m not a kid, so already there are problems. Second of all I picked this one up after watching the movie and it’s hard to read it without drawing any comparisons.

I like the message that Steig is conveying, his constant play on words is amusing, and I have to say that Shrek in the book was a slightly more memorable character. I like how care-free he is and the fact that he smiles in almost every single picture adds to the...more
Jul 29, 2012 Dolly rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
When I first saw this kit (with a paperback book with ISBN13 9780312384494 and an audio CD with the story narrated by Robert Sevra) at our local library, I was excited. I thought that it would be interesting to see the inspiration for the famous movie saga and the fact that it was written by William Steig gave me the impression that it was sure to be good.

Overall, though, I wasn't that impressed. I listened to the CD narration while driving and our girls followed along with the book. The narrat...more
Callie Rose Tyler

The ogre in this book is not very likable, which I suppose is the point but I prefer the movie version. The characters are so much more fun and there is a really great message.

This was disappointing.

It's completely unfair to read this book expecting it to be anything like the movie. It would be like dissing Hans Christian Anderson because his version of The Little Mermaid isn't as happy and full of songs as the Disney version (for the record, I like both, but for different reasons).

Okay, so forget there is a movie franchise starring a ogre with a brogue, a talking donkey, and a morphing princess. This Shrek is not funny or cute--he is a horrible ogre. And Steig runs with it. I love how Shre...more
Linnea Lyding
This is a fun tale about a happy-go-lucky, disgusting creature. He smells so bad that plants and animals fall over. He prides himself in being ugly, and he seeks a princess who is uglier than he is. Even though he's described as ugly and mean, he smiles throughout most of the book. The only time he cries is when he's in a happy scene with children all around and lots of flowers and birds - fortunately it was only a dream. I think children would love the contradiction between creature being repul...more
I just read this book with my young daughter, and she and I both loved it. This is where the movie got its start, although the story is a bit different, as Shrek is even stinkier and meaner! The story is engaging, and the illustrations (also by Steig) are somewhat primitive and absolutely hilarious. An interesting side note: Steig is also the author of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, and C D B - this clearly was a writer with a huge range of imagination. If you're a fan of the movie, and want to...more
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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...more
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