Search Results: "William Steig"


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TIFFKY DOOFKY by William Steig
Released: Nov. 6, 1978

"But who's to quibble, when the whole is as good-naturedly loose as Tiffky Doofky himself, as arbitrary as vindictive magic—or falling in love."
Steig can dress a floppy-eared, benign-looking dog in vest, armbands, and bow tie, give him the somehow perfectly suitable name of Tiffky Doofky, make him a jolly garbage collector on his way to a picnic—and who can resist going along? Read full book review >

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SHREK! by William Steig
Released: Oct. 17, 1990

"Not since Briggs's Fungus the Bogeyman (1979) has there been such an original—and comical—reexamination of the reverse world of monsterdom."
In Steig's inimitable style—imaginative whimsy with a strong dose of mellow common sense—here's an antihero for the young: green-headed Shrek, described as rather uglier than he's pictured, begins his quest for a still-uglier princess by "slogging along the road, giving off his awful fumes" after his parents have "hissed things over" and "kicked him goodbye." Read full book review >

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BRAVE IRENE by William Steig
Kirkus Star
illustrated by William Steig
Released: Oct. 22, 1986

"A thoroughly satisfying picture book from this producer of both Newbery and Caldecott Honor books."
Irene Bobbin, dressmaker's daughter, tucks her ill mother comfortably in bed and sets out through a storm to deliver a ball gown to the duchess; despite an interfering wind and heavy snow, she makes it. 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 >

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ABEL'S ISLAND by William Steig
Released: June 4, 1976

"Steig, almost insidiously, wins you at once to this pampered, untried mouse, and then you grow along with him as he makes himself fit for the world."
Early in August of 1907 newlywed mice Abel and Amanda are enjoying a genteel picnic when "it" is so inconsiderate as to storm. Read full book review >

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YELLOW AND PINK by William Steig
Released: June 1, 1984

"With a yellow- and a pink-tinted figure in a gray-toned landscape, this is no eye-dazzler—but the kind of child to be, curious about who they are and why they're there is just the kind to appreciate the metaphysics and incidental perplexities here."
The mystery of First Causes—with almost as little overt action, almost as much querying dialogue as a Beckett one-acter. . . until the snap-close. Read full book review >

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CALEB AND KATE by William Steig
Released: Oct. 31, 1977

"No reincarnation of Sylvester despite the similar transformation, this plain frontier couple is touching in its own frumpy way, and this amusing sad story is beguiling as only Steig can make it."
Caleb the carpenter and Kate the weaver loved each other, but not every single minute"—and it's after one of their fiercest quarrels, with Kate screaming "odious insults" and Caleb storming away from the "cantankerous hoddy-doddy," that witch Yedida finds the husband sleeping in the forest and decides to test a new spell. Read full book review >

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DOMINIC by William Steig
Released: Jan. 1, 1972

"To know Dominic is to share his high spirits, and the clean perfection of Steig's prose enlarges the pleasure."
Dominic, a lively and expansive hound, leaves home to see more of the world and is soon engaged in a series of wide open encounters. Read full book review >

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DREAMS OF GLORY by William Steig
Released: Oct. 19, 1953

"And you probably like them too, because they are funny."
Steig's more-than-doodlings, which have delighted New Yorker readers who see themselves as kids reflected in his pictorial comments on the inner mind, in book form. Read full book review >

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ALL EMBARRASSED by William Steig
Released: June 16, 1944

"These symbolic drawings are for the epicure rather than the public popularly conditioned to caricature."
Companion pieces to The Lonely Ones, for the special collectors of this artist, followers of psychological urrealism, in 101 pages of all kinds of embarrassment. 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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SOLOMON THE RUSTY NAIL by William Steig
Released: Dec. 1, 1985

"Steig continues to create enchanting pictures in the style that has brought him international popularity."
In yet another delightfully inventive picture book, Steig combines a tale of uncanny transformation with his distinctively animated illustrations. Read full book review >