Search Results: "William Steig"


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PETE'S A PIZZA by William Steig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 1998

"As always, Steig's illustrations are a natural—an organic—part of the story, whether Pete's a pizza, or not. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Steig (Toby, Where Are You?, 1997, etc.), inspired by a game he used to play with his daughter, turns a rainy day into a pizza party, starring a caring father and his feeling-blue son, Pete. Read full book review >

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DOCTOR DE SOTO GOES TO AFRICA by William Steig
Released: June 30, 1992

"The last page hints that the mice will continue to explore 'our beautiful planet.' (Picture book. 3+)"
Mudambo, an elephant, has a terrible toothache; all expenses will be paid if the De Sotos will come. Read full book review >

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THE ZABAJABA JUNGLE by William Steig
Released: Oct. 7, 1987

"This may be Kafka's benign flip side, but why not just relax and enjoy it?"
A boy has a dreamlike adventure in a mellow, fantastic, inimitably Steig-imagined jungle. Read full book review >

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THE BAD ISLAND by William Steig
Released: Sept. 15, 1969

"Actually this is not so much a parable in pictures as a pictured parable, or a labeled, labored lesson."
On Steig's "rotten, horrible, awful, burning hot, freezing-cold and rocky island," the first flower is as potent as Thurber's last flower. Read full book review >

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THE TOY BROTHER by William Steig
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 1996

"Another crowd pleaser. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Steig (Grown-ups Get to Do All the Driving, p. 640, etc.) is in fine form in this tale of the alchemist's children. Read full book review >

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GROWN-UPS GET TO DO ALL THE DRIVING by William Steig
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"Even minor Steig is memorable. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Required reading for all children who have ever grumbled that "grownups get to have all the fun." Read full book review >

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ZEKE PIPPIN by William Steig
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

"Steig's golden touch shines on. (Fiction/Picture book. 3+)"
Zeke Pippin, a pig, happens across a harmonica. Read full book review >

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WHEN EVERYBODY WORE A HAT by William Steig
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2003

"Next to that whippersnapper James Stevenson's When I Was Nine (1986), but still distant, generation, not much more than the bare hint that Steig, too, was young. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Between portrait photos taken almost nine decades apart, Steig crustily introduces his Mom, his Pop, and his childhood world—a world where "there were almost no electric lights, cars or telephones—and definitely no TV." Read full book review >

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GORKY RISES by William Steig
Kirkus Star
illustrated by William Steig
Released: Nov. 8, 1981

"Like Gorky, who seems to float inertly through the clouds, Steig treats the most remarkable events with aplomb, tossing them off as all in a day's dreamwork."
This might not be the most psychologically resonant of Steig's picture books, but who can resist his unlikely transformations, flatly related marvels, and dabs of elementary humor? Read full book review >

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FARMER PALMER'S WAGON RIDE by William Steig
Released: Oct. 1, 1974

"Steig's unflappably matter-of-fact tone goes false only once (as the tree descends on pig and ass, 'both realized they would rather not die at that particular time'), and though this lacks the expansive warmth of his previous picture books, the cumbersome maneuvers of this ludicrous duo bring some mild, mock-rustic diversion to the artist's usual bracing, sunny countryside."
As overalled, suspendered Farmer Palmer is a pig, there's no reason why the ass he hitches to his wagon shouldn't be introduced as Ebenezer, his "hired hand," or why the two shouldn't chat on their way to market — except perhaps that Farmer Palmer is clothed in the picture-book convention of human animals and the ass isn't. Read full book review >

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A GIFT FROM ZEUS by Jeanne Steig
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 30, 2001

"Readers already familiar with the stories will enjoy these somewhat skewed renditions immensely. (Mythology. 12+)"
The Steigs follow up A Handful of Beans: Six Fairy Tales (1998) with tales of heroic deeds, passionate love, mistreated women, and Olympian hanky-panky from an older tradition. Read full book review >

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ALPHA BETA CHOWDER by Jeanne Steig
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Not to be missed. (Poetry/Picture book. 5+)"
In the marvelously witty style of Consider the Lemming (1988), an alphabet of comical verses, each peppered with its prevailing letter: satirical portraits ("Noisome Naomi" is a "nightmare,/She's nervy as a newt./Her ma and pa are nitwits- -/They think Naomi's cute"), sardonic dramas, and other succinctly penned nonsense. Read full book review >