Summary

Before Shrek made it 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 surface of the planet is what you consider ordinary. SHREK! can be found in this collection of six modern classics by Steig, along with stories concerning creatures ordinary and extraordinary, including Irene, a brave and loving little girl who must battle a howling blizzard, and Spinky, a boy who is so completely annoyed by his family that he no longer has any use for the human race. Gathered together here for the first time, these entertaining stories will delight fans of Steig, both old and new.
SHREK! ©1990 William Steig, The Amazing Bone ©1976 William Steig, Brave Irene ©1986 William Steig, Spinky Sulks ©1988 William Steig, Doctor De Soto ©1982 William Steig, Caleb and Kate ©1977 William Steig; Compliation. ©2007 Macmillan Audio. A Macmillan Young Listeners audiobook from Square Fish. (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
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"The quest tale is turned asunder when Shrek, a hideous monster, must leave the home of his ugly parents in search of his ideal bride. He finds his vision of repulsiveness, and they live "horribly ever after". The running gag is one to which children will respond immediately, but there are also depths to be plumbed." (Kimberley Olson Fakih, The Literature of Delight: A Critical Guide to Humorous Books for Children)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 05-11-11

Good for all ages

My four year old adores this (especially Brave Irene and Dr De Soto) but I've also used it to successfully entertain a 2.5 year old and two 8 year olds on a long car trip. I've heard it at least a dozen times, and still find it amusing. Highly recommend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie A. Land on 06-05-10

Not like the movie...but better!

We listened to this audiobook on a recent car trip and my 8 year old son insisted on a reread on the way home. Irreverent and funny!

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5 out of 5 stars
By shelleysw on 06-08-18

Hands down favorite!

I recommend The One and Only Shrek! to all my friends looking to introduce their kiddos to audiobooks. The voice work by Stanley Tucci and Meryl Streep is fantastic. The stories are just the right length to maintain the interest of all ages. Most importantly, I don't mind having to listen to them over and over again because my kids just don't get sick of them.

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