Before Shrek made it big on the silver screen, there was William Steig's SHREK!, a book about an ordinary ogre who leaves his swampy childhood home to go out and see the world. Ordinary, that is, if a foul and hideous being who ends up marrying the most stunningly ugly princess on the planet is what you consider ordinary.
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Praise for Shrek!
“Sure to enchant any child lucky enough to read it . . . Such an ingratiating, cheery book that no one will be able to resist it.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Steig's epigrammatic genius is given full rein in this engrossing and satisfying tale.” —Publishers Weekly
“An original--and comical--reexamination of the reverse world of monsterdom.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“Steig's inimitable wit and artistic dash have never been sharper or more expertly blended.” —School Library Journal