The One and Only Shrek!: Plus 5 Other Stories

The One and Only Shrek!: Plus 5 Other Stories

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By (author) William Steig, Read by Stanley Tucci, Read by Meryl Streep

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  • Publisher: MACMILLAN AUDIO
  • Format: CD-Audio | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 175mm x 25mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 3 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1427201528
  • ISBN 13: 9781427201522
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 578,697

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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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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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By TeensReadToo 03 Oct 2010 5

Most people, if not everyone, knows the story of Shrek, thanks to the animated version that was widely successful. But the majority of people probably don't know that Shrek originated with William Steig. And what better way to learn the original story of Shrek than by listening to it on this unabridged recording.

THE ONE AND ONLY SHREK! is actually a compilation of six stories, the first and most famous being the one of Shrek. But have no fear; the other five stories on the CD are just as fun and interesting as Shrek.

Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci alternate narrating the stories. So for parents who aren't keen on audio books, listening to these two well-known and adored actors will enhance the experience.

Meryl Streep is at her best while reading Brave Irene, a story about a young girl determined to get a dress her mother slaved over to the castle in time for the party. The girl encounters many obstacles along the way, only to be rewarded at the end.

And let's not forget Mr. Tucci. He brilliantly interprets the stories and interjects energy and a light-hearted touch to all he reads. Doctor De Soto showcases Mr. Tucci at his best.

All six tales are enchanting and some, believe it or not, leave you with a moral whether you were looking for one or not. If you find yourself on a short road trip, or even just driving around town with the kids, THE ONE AND ONLY SHREK! will help the time go that much faster.

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"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