Search Results: "William Steig"


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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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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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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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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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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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THE REAL THIEF by William Steig
Released: July 15, 1973

"Still somehow remorseful, Derek at last returns all the stolen items, finds Gawain in his forest hideout, and confesses to him; Gawain in turn forgives both the King and Derek, whom he never exposes, and the whole affair ends in a rush of typically Steigian good nature (immeasurably extended by the line and wash drawings) that it is impossible to resist."
Gawain the goose, a conscientious guard who alone holds keys to the royal treasury, is astounded when the finest jewels begin to disappear but even more shocked when he himself is accused of the crime by the King, a gruff, fatherly bear whom he has served and loved. Read full book review >

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SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE by William Steig
Released: March 1, 1969

"How Mother and Father Duncan (donkey), despairing of finding their son, do eventually break the red pebble's spell and bring back Sylvester is a fable of happy families of all breeds."
Sylvester's "only chance of becoming himself again was for someone to find the red pebble and to wish that the rock next to it would be a donkey"—surely the prize predicament of the year and, in William Steig's pearly colors, one of the prettiest. 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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"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 >

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TILL DEATH DO US PART by William Steig
Released: Feb. 25, 1947

"For fans."
The inimitable Steig illustrating a series of marital cliches, situations, in his brand of X-ray, outraged drawings. Read full book review >