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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  3,847 Ratings  ·  305 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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Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
In Shrek's case, it's safe to say I prefer the movie. Although I'm not a big fan of that either. I'm more of a classic-fairy-tale kind of person. I like my prince and princess beautiful.


“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
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
This has been on my 'to read' list ever since the first movie came out... (yeah, I'm slow).
And although I didn't really expect anything like the Pixar movie story, this still took me a bit by surprise. But in a good way.
William Steig's story is delightfully horrendous and wondful love story, and I'm sure the kids will love it, after I can explain that, no, this is not the movie-Shrek, this is the original....
Apr 20, 2015 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.”
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"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
Nov 14, 2014 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.
R.S. Carter
Aug 10, 2014 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!
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.
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it when the kids were younger... love the film.
Håkon Blystad
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En fin bok om hvor viktig det er å være seg selv, det kommer til å være spoilere. Shrek er et troll som bor i en sump med moren og faren sin, boka starter med at han blir kasta ut fra der han bodde, for å gjøre sin del med skade i verden, og det gjør han sannelig, han besvimer en bonde med laser synet sitt og gjør en drage bevisstløs.

Så drømmer han en forferdelig drøm om at mange menneske barn liker ham og gir ham klem, Shrek gråter.

Når han redder prinsessa gifter de seg, hun er enda styggere en
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youtube
لطيف جداً و ممتع .
للأسف الفيلم لم يقتبس سوى الإسم , القصة مختلفة تماماً عن الفيلم .
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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
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una vez le preguntaron a Rick Riordan por twitter que si podía mencionar una película que fuera mejor que el libro, a lo que él contestó: "Shrek"
Ahora que me di la oportunidad de leer este pequeño cuento le doy toda la razón.
Es un cuento muy corto en el que nos encontramos con a los personajes que ya conocemos (Shrek,Burro y Fiona) sin embargo al ser un cuento breve obviamente no se profundiza en su desarrollo en la historia, sin embargo con lo poco que vemos de ellos podemos darnos cuenta de q
Taylor R
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 13, 2010 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.
Nati Delgado
Dec 31, 2014 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.
Laura V.
Muy cortito. Un ogro repugnante y asqueroso, que encuentra a su compañera de vida. ♥
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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”.
Jun 01, 2016 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.
Loren Johnson
Perhaps I know the movie franchise a little too well, and that's why I didn't enjoy this as much as I perhaps would've if I'd've read it as a child. But, at any rate, it was interesting to see where the story's origins lie. I'm glad I read it.
Irene Azuaje
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La verdad me reí bastante, pero no supera con creces a la película.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: somehow-funny
Que cura jajajajaja
I don't think it's fair for me to rate this, since I'm nowhere near the target audience, but I will say I was surprised at how different it was from the movie! (I definitely prefer the movie)
Donna Davis
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark Dewey
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Oct 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In the picture book Shrek, the main character Shrek who is very ugly is on a mission to find a princess who turns out to be uglier than he is. It follows a hero theme story and along the way he makes friends and runs into small problems. Eventually he makes it to his ugly princess and they live happily ever after.

Personally I could not relate to illustrations. I understand the characters are supposed to be ugly but I feel that a child also wouldn’t relate due to they way the characters are illu
J Jahir
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
sí, el mismo! recuerdan las famosas películas de este ogro tan famoso? pues... tenía también su libro. este libro se escribió en 1990, y en base a él le realizaron su primera película, que tuvo mucho éxito. ahora... ¿qué me pareció? pues... realmente, es tan corto el libro que apenas y te percatasd del mismo. lo puntúo con dos (aunque podría dar un 2.5) porque si comparo las películas, el libro se queda corto. lo siento willy, sé que pretendías hacerlo así y no fue tu intención hacerlo una obra ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  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
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.
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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.” 25 likes
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