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The One and Only Shrek!

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  163 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
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. Ordinarily, that is, if a foul and hideous being who ends up marrying the most stunningly ugly princess on the surface of the planet is what you consider ordinary. SHREK! can be found in this colle
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Square Fish
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Jun 20, 2015 Joy rated it liked it
1983 Newbery Honor Book (for Doctor De Soto)

This is a collection of some of Steig's most popular books.

This is the picture book that the movie was loosely based upon. Some of the characters are there like the donkey and the dragon and, of course, an ugly princess, but the movie definitely expanded upon the book in completely different ways.

The Amazing Bone
Pearl the pig finds a bone that talks and they go on an adventure together.

Brave Irene
Irene goes out into a snowstorm to deliver a dres
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Most people, if not everyone, knows the story of Shrek, thanks to the animated version that was widely successful. But the majority of people probably don't know that Shrek originated with William Steig. And what better way to learn the original story of Shrek than by listening to it on this unabridged recording.

THE ONE AND ONLY SHREK! is actually a compilation of six stories, the first and most famous being the one of Shrek. But have no fear; the ot
Feb 02, 2009 Natalie rated it liked it
It's amazing the animators at Dream Works got a Blockbusting trilogy out of this short story which was written in 1990. I was glad to listen to more of Steig's work as well. Dr. DeSoto was written the year I was born (1982) and was about two little rodents (a dentist and his wife assistant) that outsmart a fox that tries to eat them after he fixes his rotten tooth. Brave Irene (1978?) was cute too- the Duchess must get her dress in time for the ball- but on her snowy trip to the castle the seams ...more
Dec 24, 2013 Stan rated it really liked it
I loved every story in this book except The Amazing Bone; given the world we live in, it was too creepy. It may have been a fun book in its day, but nowadays not so. When I saw Pearl locked in the room at fox's house too many creepy thoughts came to mind. Maybe I read the newspaper too often. I wouldn't read this to a child in the four to eight-year-old group.

All the other stories were great, some fanciful, some touching, all good. I particularly liked The one and only Shrek!, and Doctor De Soto
Sep 12, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
We listened to this on a road trip. There are more stories, but the Shrek one is definitely the best! And what could be better than Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci as your narrators?!? I love you Meryl, but Stanley totally wins! :)
Apr 12, 2014 Alise rated it it was ok
Shelves: chase
I didn't like any of these stories. I read them all to my son but it was a chore. I thought they were all boring and just unimaginative. The pictures are why I gave it an extra star, they were better than the text.
Nov 16, 2014 Milo rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Milo by: Found at the library
This was such a favorite that I went back to it and back to it. I would often wonder why the princess' parents did not like Shrek. But, there were many funny parts that made my 4/5 year old sensibility laugh and laugh.
Dec 17, 2015 Virna rated it liked it
This nice book to read.
Jan 06, 2009 Emese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci read five stories by Steig.

The narrator make the otherwise slow and not too thrilling stories stand out.

Shrek stands out in terms of writing.
Jul 08, 2011 Sandberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listened to on our trip to Ben and Lori's in Kansas City!
Charlie Beck
Apr 10, 2013 Charlie Beck rated it liked it
Several short stories by William Steig including Shrek (much different than the movie), Dr. DeSoto and others.
Oct 01, 2013 Liza rated it it was ok
My kids didn't get into this story.
Feb 11, 2008 Clay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci read the fabulous William Steig's SHREK!, Brave Irene, Dr. DeSoto, The Amazing Bone, Spinky Sulks, and Caleb and Kate. An hour of pure joy.
Stephen Kennedy
Aug 23, 2008 Stephen Kennedy rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, humour, fiction
I enjoyed it. 6 little short stories and hard to believe that the Shrek movie came from the first one. A nice little diversion.
Anja Manning
Oct 15, 2012 Anja Manning rated it liked it
This collection contains the following stories:

The Amazing Bone
Brave Irene
Spinky Sulks
Doctor DeSoto
Caleb & Kate

(See individual descriptions.)
Lynnea Taylor
Feb 11, 2008 Lynnea Taylor rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy
I loved the first story in here about Shrek. The others were excellent but not near as fun as Shrek. Overall a wonderful book for reading to the kids.
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Jun 27, 2015 Slow Man rated it liked it
Shelves: children
I don't know how to react to 'The Amazing Bone' and 'Spinky Sulks' but I like the other four stories.
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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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