Author(s): William Steig
Shrek wasn't always a movie star. Discover the ugly truth about everyone's favourite ogre. There's no doubt about it - Shrek is ugly. Really ugly. He scares the socks off anyone unlucky enough to encounter him. Even the flowers and trees lean away from him to avoid his horrible stench. And any snake dumb enough to bite him instantly falls down dead. What Shrek needs is someone just as repulsive as he is. So, after being kicked out of the black hole in which he was hatched, he slogs off on a quest to find the most stunningly ugly princess on the surface of the planet. Will they live horribly ever after? Created by one of the twentieth century's most beloved children's authors and reimagined as a series of films and a musical, this is the original, monstrously funny story of Shrek.
[An] "engrossing and satisfying tale." --"Publishers Weekly"
"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"
William Steig sold his first cartoon to the New Yorker in 1930 and went on to contribute over 1500 cartoons during his career. He is the author of more than thirty children's books including Shrek!, later filmed as the award-winning film series; he won the Caldecott Medal in 1970 and the American Book Award in 1982, and was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award twice. William Steig died aged 95, in 2003. Also by William Steig: Brave Irene, The Amazing Bone, Amos & Boris and Doctor De Soto