Search Results: "William Steig"


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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 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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AN EYE FOR ELEPHANTS by William Steig
Released: Oct. 28, 1970

"Likable, then, but less than practical as a read-aloud, there being more to the verses than to the pictures, or for independent reading, there being just too many of them."
Not just an eye for elephants but a whale of an appetite for them: thirty-five variations on the rhyme "I asked my mother for fifty cents/ To see the elephant jump the fence. . . ." Read full book review >

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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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SPINKY SULKS by William Steig
Released: Oct. 31, 1988

"Steig recounts this bit of realia with a splendid array of vivid words, comfortably arranged in colloquial cadences; his illustrations amplify the deft characterizations and nuances with warmth and impeccable design."
Spinky has such an exaggerated case of the sulks that the most confirmed pouter (unless similarly engaged at the moment) will see its humor, even while empathizing with Spinky's stubbornness. Read full book review >

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"His 'small fry' cartoons are amonghis best, and this small volume is made up of a selection of124, in different categories, good for many a chuckle and afew belly laughs."
The Lonely Ones, About People and All Embarrassed haverolled up substantial sales for the publishers of thisfavorite of cartoonists. Read full book review >

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TOBY, WHERE ARE YOU? by William Steig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"It's a charmer, for a younger audience than Steig's usual. (Picture book. 3-5)"
From early sunlit morning to candlelit evening, Toby's parents search for him throughout the house. 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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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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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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"You don't have to read this."
Companion volume to The Lonely Ones, which since publication in '42 has been reprinted 12 times. Read full book review >