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“There is no question that Steig's affectionately witty pictures and perfectly complementary narration make this a durable picture book friendship.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“The book is funny and earnest, pellucid and profound.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“* A simple, matter-of-fact story about the friendship between a mouse and a whale. . . . Lovely watercolor pictures and a funny, well-written text which presents its plot coincidences in tongue-in-cheek manner fit together admirably in this faintly Aesopian tale.” ―School Library Journal, Starred Review
William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including Shrek!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based. Steig was born in New York City. Every member of his family was involved in the arts, and so it was no surprise when he decided to become an artist. He attended City College and the National Academy of Design. In 1930, Steig's work began appearing in The New Yorker, where his drawings have been a popular fixture ever since. He published his first children's book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968.
In 1970, Steig received the Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. His books for children also include Dominic; The Real Thief; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; Amos & Boris, a National Book Award finalist; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books. Steig's books have also received the Christopher Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the William Allen White Children's Book Award, and the American Book Award. His European awards include the Premio di Letteratura per l'infanzia (Italy), the Silver Pencil Award (the Netherlands), and the Prix de la Fondation de France. On the basis of his entire body of work, Steig was selected as the 1982 U.S. candidate for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration and subsequently as the 1988 U.S. candidate for Writing.
Stieg also published thirteen collections of drawings for adults, beginning with About People in 1939, and including The Lonely Ones, Male/Female, The Agony in the Kindergarten, and Our Miserable Life.
He died in Boston at the age of 95.
One of the most beautiful books I have read. The language is exquisite and yet still age appropriate.Published 5 days ago by Ayala Livny
this is a great story but a long one so be prepared depending how old your child is!Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am new to this author. I love his writing style and will definitely be purchasing more of his books to read to my new grandson.Published 18 days ago by kas
I can't give this 0 stars so I gave it one. Apparently 89% of you are sick people who think it is appropriate to put questions in children's minds like what does it feel like to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by kev
This book is full of great vocabulary, beautifully illustrated and a compassionate story of friendship.Published 5 months ago by karen bungard
William steig is a favorite of mine and our grandchildren. We collect them all.Published 6 months ago by Ann DuBois
This is one of our favorite stories about friendship. The kids love the illustrations and story.Published 9 months ago by Amy Calderon
I read this book to my son 30 years ago and now I read it to my grandchildren.Published 11 months ago by Donna Wirt
That wonderful kind of book you want young readers to read, and understand, what you put out there comes back to you. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pamela Carlson