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The One and Only Shrek!

William Steig; read by Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci

Macmillan Young Listeners

To mark the 100th birthday of William Steig and in anticipation of the next blockbuster movie Shrek the Third, Macmillan Audio presents The One and Only Shrek! the must-have collection of Steig classics featuring everyone's favorite ogre, read by Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci.

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    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from William Steig's children's book The One and Only Shrek! To mark the 100th birthday of William Steig and in anticipation of the blockbuster movie Shrek the Third, Audio Renaissance presents the must-have collection of Steig classics featuring everyone's favorite ogre, read by Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci.

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Praise for The One and Only Shrek!

"Since one of the great pleasures of Steig's books is the language he uses, it's a particular delight to have the recording of The One and Only Shrek! Plus Five Other Stories read by Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci. You can really hear that the brilliance of 'Shrek' lies in the language Steig uses...one of the most delightful moments is when Shrek accosts a peasant, who is busy 'singing and scything,' and Tucci snarls Shrek's greeting: 'You there, varlet, why so blithe?' Shrek then robs the yokel of his lunch: 'Pheasant, peasant? What a pleasant present!'"--Los Angeles Times

 
"Listeners will surely hear the glee dripping from the full-bodied, though never over-the-top, performances by Streep and Tucci." - PW (starred review)
 
"I did, I admit, compare my narrative abilities to those of Tucci and Streep...And yes, they were better. What did you expect? But what great material they had to work with." - Malcolm Jones, Newsweek
 
"Since one of the great pleasures of Steig's books is the language he uses, it's a particular delight to have the recording of "The One and Only Shrek! Plus Five Other Stories" read by Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci. You can really hear that the brilliance of "Shrek" lies in the language Steig uses rather than in the slender story. The ogre's extreme repulsiveness gives Steig plenty of opportunity to trot out a vile vocabulary, but one of the most delightful moments is when Shrek accosts a peasant, who is busy "singing and scything," and Tucci snarls Shrek's greeting: "You there, varlet, why so blithe?" Shrek then robs the yokel of his lunch: "Pheasant, peasant? What a pleasant present!" - The Los Angeles Times
 
"Both actors give masterful performances."--Booklist
 
"If you haven't already experienced the real, Steig version of Shrek!, here's a chance to do so...This compilation makes entertaining listening for the whole family.  Streep in particular reads with great flexibility and warmth of expression."
- Thestar.com

“If you’re among Steig’s many adult fans, you won’t want to miss this.” – Cookie Magazine

"What better way to learn the original story of Shrek than by listening to it on this unabridged recording...Meryl Streep is her best while reading Brave Irene...And let's not forget Mr. Tucci. He brilliantly interprets the stories and interjects energy and a light-hearted touch to all he reads." – TeensReadToo.com

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • William Steig; read by Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci

  • William Steig's drawings began appearing in THE NEW YORKER in 1930. He published his first children's book, ROLAND THE MINSTREL PIG, in 1968, and received the Caldecott Medal for SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE in 1970. His works also include THE AMAZING BONE, a Caldecott Honor Book, and ABEL'S ISLAND and DOCTOR DE SOTO, both Newbery Honor Books. Meryl Streep is one of the most celebrated and award-winning actresses in the history of film.  She holds the record for the most nominations for Academy Awards--earning her 16th nomination for her role as Julia Childs in Julie & Julia--and has won twice, for Sophie's Choice and Kramer vs. Kramer.  She has also garnered two Emmy Awards, seven Golden Globes, and six Drama Desk Awards. In 2004, she was awarded the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award.  She recently appeared in the films Julie & Julia, The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt, Mamma Mia! and It's Complicated.   Stanley Tucci’s memorable roles include parts in the films Julie & Julia, The Hunger Games, The Devil Wears Prada, The Lovely Bones,The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, and Lucky Number Slevin.  He also wrote, directed, and produced Big Night--winner of an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay.  For his performance in the Broadway production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Stanley received a Tony Nomination. 
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The One and Only Shrek!

William Steig; read by Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci

School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards: Best in Category, AudioFile Best Audiobooks, Audie Award Finalist
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