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Publisher's Summary

Before Shrek made it 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. Ordinary, 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 collection of six modern classics by Steig, along with stories concerning creatures ordinary and extraordinary, including Irene, a brave and loving little girl who must battle a howling blizzard, and Spinky, a boy who is so completely annoyed by his family that he no longer has any use for the human race. Gathered together here for the first time, these entertaining stories will delight fans of Steig, both old and new.
SHREK! ©1990 William Steig, The Amazing Bone ©1976 William Steig, Brave Irene ©1986 William Steig, Spinky Sulks ©1988 William Steig, Doctor De Soto ©1982 William Steig, Caleb and Kate ©1977 William Steig; Compliation. ©2007 Macmillan Audio. A Macmillan Young Listeners audiobook from Square Fish. (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the critics say

"The quest tale is turned asunder when Shrek, a hideous monster, must leave the home of his ugly parents in search of his ideal bride. He finds his vision of repulsiveness, and they live 'horribly ever after'. The running gag is one to which children will respond immediately, but there are also depths to be plumbed." (Kimberley Olson Fakih, The Literature of Delight: A Critical Guide to Humorous Books for Children)

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephanie A. Land
  • 2010-05-06

Not like the movie...but better!

We listened to this audiobook on a recent car trip and my 8 year old son insisted on a reread on the way home. Irreverent and funny!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lisa
  • 2009-11-02

Not like the funny movie but liked other stories

Please be warned this is NOTHING like the movie Shrek! Its much different, scarier and just a completely different story. Theres no funny parts, it's scary the whole way through.. that being said we DO skip past it to hear the other stories. Meryl Streep reading "The Amazing Bone" is wonderful, and Stanley Tucci reading Dr DeSoto, excellent. Just NOT for kids easily frightened, all the stories have the capacity for nightmares, someone is getting threatened to be eaten in every story, and its a bit gruesome. I really dont recommend Shrek to any one whos seen the movie, but the other stories I definitley do . NOT like the movie Shrek at all, but other stories great!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful