[ Pdf Shrek! ä art-design PDF ] by William Steig ¹ Read it when the kids were younger.
love the film.
This is about the delightfully dreadful Shrekthe 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 prophecy, he decides to accept the quest and go find the monstrous princess.
The illustrations are (purposely) repulsive, but they certainly do reflect the story well! I feel they are a bit juvenile in style, reminding me of a child's crayon drawings, but I think this is intentional.
SPOILERS: I can certainly see why they made the movie Shrek a bit more loveable and capable of change and doing good.
The Shrek in this story is not exactly heroic, though he does get the girl and lives happily ever after (as they terrorize others).
Still, I found the stortelling oddly beguiling and, while not my usual cup of tea, it makes a great choice for Halloween or monsterthemed reading.
Shrek, A Horrid Little Ogre, Goes Out Into The World To Find Adventure And Along The Way Encounters A Witch, A Knight In Armor, A Dragon, And, Finally, A Hideous Princess, Who's Even Uglier Than He Is!
THE MAGIC SEED
“Once upon the time there was a greenishugly ogre in love…” It would be the beginning of this childlike illustrated book for children which, as a modern fairy tale, gives us, through its outlandish little characters and drawings the story of an repugnant ogre who, following the order of his repugnant and greenish parents of getting out to spread the evil, leaves his home to see world and, after many adventures, he ends up by saving an enchanted princess with whom, being uglier than him, he falls in love…, and they were happy ever after.
“Once upon the time there was a modern fairy tale written by a cartoonist and storyteller named William Steig.
Flying away, this book dropped in a kingdom called DreamWorks, ruled by a Big Wizard named Steve.
Everybody saw it as a little book, but Steve the Magician saw it as a Magic Bean instead.
He sowed it and, immediately, a plant started to grow and to grow, being seen, with cheers and hearty ovations, by millions and millions, both parents and children, as the tree became higher and higher –the sky as the limit.
…and from the sky, five shining stars were lit (ever after) to this phenomenal, seminal little book.
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.
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! 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 movieShrek, this is the original.
I always think of the German word "schrecklich"meaning awful or terriblewhen I run across a reference to this book, its "hero," or the film based upon them, and that seems completely appropriate (perhaps it was even intentional, on Steig's part?), as Shrek! is the story of one nasty ogre! Uglier even than his ugly parents, with a foul stench that causes flowers to wilt, and a penchant for letting off steam through his ears, Shrek, having been booted from his home, embarks on a quest to find his ideal mate, eventually winning the hand of "the most stunningly ugly princess on the surface of the planet," and living horribly ever after with her.
An antifairytale like no other, this slender picturebook is one I have long been meaning to read, given the critical acclaim garnered by the film that is (loosely) based upon it.
I've been holding off seeing that film, until I had a chance to read Steig's original, and that seems to have been a wise choice, judging by the number of online reviews I have read, complaining that the original does not live up to its (apparently) far sweeter film adaptation.
For my part, I found Shrek to be an engagingly monstrous readperfect for young readers who like "gross" stories and humorand although I wouldn't say it lived up to some of Steig's other titles (books like Amos & Boris , or Sylvester and the Magic Pebble ), I did enjoy certain momentslike the rhyming courting scene, between Shrek and his princess!immensely.
Recommended to young readers with a taste for truly disgusting monsters, and to fans of William Steig.
"Fat raindrops began sizzling on Shrek's hot knob.
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 at me, I've already given away all the fun parts.
I can see a kid who is really into Roald Dahl type "bad guys" digging this immensely.
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 classicfairytale 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 as he has a green and warty face, a purple shirt and yellow and green striped pants, which make him, look more hilarious than menacing.
I also love the images of the trees in this book as they look simplistic yet beautiful, giving this book a somewhat simplistic tone.
William Steig makes this story extremely hilarious and full of attitude as Shrek is a character who loves being repulsive and scaring off innocent bystanders, but at the same time, he gives a powerful message to the audience about loving yourself as Shrek loves his own repulsiveness, even if other people do not like his repulsiveness.
William Steig makes this book extremely unique as it was one of the few books to have a repulsive character as the main character of the story.
Parents should know that this book does contain the word jack and that might offend many parents who do not want their children learning such a word.
Even though jack is used to describe a donkey in this book, the way that the “a” word is being used now might confuse smaller children and might even entice them to say the word so often.
Also, another con of this book is that, in my opinion, it was not as memorable as the movie which is why I gave it a four star rating.
Shrek seem more repulsive in this book than he was in the movie and that aspect of his character sort of made him a less likable character in the book, while in the movie, Shrek was a more benevolent ogre who was upset at the way that people treated him and that made him a very likable character in the movie.
Also, I felt like the character development was not as strong in this book as it was in the movie and the audience might not feel any kind of bond towards the characters in this book.
“Shrek!” is a great book for children about the importance of being yourself no matter what other people think, but the movie might be a better choice about learning this message since the movie developed the characters much better than this book could.
I would recommend this book to children ages six and up due to the use of the word jack.
Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog