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Rotten Island - Softcover
Steig, William

The perfect picture book for rambunctious kids--monsters of all kinds battle it out every day on Rotten Island. But can all that glorious rottenness last forever? "Without question, the monster book of the year."--Boston Globe

What would happen if every creature on land and sea were free to be as rotten as possible? If every day was a free-for-all; if plants grew barbed wire; if the ocean were poison? That's life on Rotten Island. For creatures that slither, creep, and crawl (not to mention kick, bite, scratch, and play nasty tricks on each other), Rotten Island is paradise.

But then, on a typically rotten day, something truly awful happens. Something that could spoil Rotten Island forever. Out of a bed a gravel on the scorched earth, a mysterious, beautiful flower begins to grow... This is a wonderfully raucous, fantastically colorful, reminder that nothing rotten lasts forever.

William Steig was a master of the children's book. Author of Shrek!--the basis for the movie series--and many other beloved and award-winning titles, Rotten Island is Steig at his imaginative best.

Item No. 9780879239602
$10.95
Shrek - Softcover
Steig, William

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.

Item No. 9780312384494
$8.99
Shrek and Other Stories CD
Steig, William

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.

Item No. 9781427201522
$14.95
Shrek! 20th Anniversary Edition
Steig, William

Shrek, a horrid little ogre, goes out into the world to find adventure and along the way encounters a witch, a knight in armor, a dragon, and, finally, a hideous princess, who's even uglier than he is!

Item No. 9780374368791
$18.99
Solomon The Rusty Nail
Steig, William

Here, in the great tradition of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and Caleb and Kate, is another
tale of magical transformation from William Steig, the creator of Shrek.

Its hero, young Solomon, is an ordinary rabbit--well, ordinary in every respect but one. Whenever he scratches his nose and wiggles his toes at exactly the same time, he turns into a rusty nail. To turn back into a rabbit, all he has to do is think: "I'm no nail, I'm a rabbit!"

This unusual talent enables Solomon to play some gratifying practical jokes, but it also leads to serious trouble when he's waylaid by a one-eyed cat who plans to turn him into Hasenpfeffer. Solomon promptly becomes a rusty nail and steadfastly refuses to change back, even after Ambrose, the cat, and his wife, Clorinda, lock him up in a cage in their guest room. Sooner or later, they figure, they'll be dining no bunny stew. How can Solomon possibly find a way out of this dilemma?

Praise for Solomon the Rusty Nail

"Steig combines a tale of uncanny transformation with his distinctively animated illustrations...Children will love this bizarre tale with its humorous drawings and lively sense of fun." --Pointer, Kirkus Reviews

"Beautifully written and illustrated by paintings reflecting the sunny colors of spring...A classic by a peerless artist." --Publishers Weekly

Item No. 9780374469030
$8.99
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - Softcover
Steig, William
On a rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results. How Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family and restored to his true self makes a story that is beautifully tender and filled with true magic. Illustrated with William Steig's glowing pictures, this is a modern classic beloved by children everywhere. "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble" is a winner of the Caldecott Medal.
Item No. 9780671662691
$8.99
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Print - Family Hug
William Steig

11" x 14" print featuring artwork from William Steig's Caldecott-winning picture book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.

Item No. 1114-26828
$20.00
The Amazing Bone - Hardcover
William Steig

It's a bright and beautiful spring day, and Pearl, a pig, is dawdling on her way home from school. Most unexpectedly, she strikes up an acquaintance with a small bone. "You talk?" says Pearl. "In any language," says the bone. "And I can imitate any sound there is." (Its former owner was a witch.) Pearl and the bone immediately take a liking to each other, and before you know it she is on her way home with the bone in her purse, left open so they can continue their conversation. Won't her parents be surprised when she introduces her talking bone!

But before that happy moment comes, the resourceful bone must deal with a band of highway robbers in Halloween masks and, worse, a fox who decides that Pearl will be his main course at dinner that night. And deal it does, with gambits droll and thrilling.

William Steig, incomparable master of the contemporary picture book, has never been better than in The Amazing Bone.

The Amazing Bone is a 1976 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, a 1977 Caldecott Honor Book, and a 1977 Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards Honor Book for Picture Books.

Item No. 9780374302481
$18.99
The Amazing Bone - Softcover
Steig, William
Can Pearl, a pig, and her new friend, a small talking bone, outwit a band of robbers "and" a hungry fox?
"The Amazing Bone" is a 1976 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, a 1977 Caldecott Honor Book, and a 1977 Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards Honor Book for Picture Books.
Item No. 9780374403584
$7.99
The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody
Cuppy, Will

A very funny view of the great, and nearly great, people throughout history by New Yorker humorist Will Cuppy.

Hysterically funny (yet historically accurate), Cuppy transforms luminaries such as Nero, Cleopatra, Alexander the Great, Lucrezia Borgia, Attila the Hun, Lady Godiva and Miles Standish into human beings. These are not the usual portraits but as we would have known them Cuppy-wise: foolish, fallible, and very much our common ancestors.

After leaving Chicago for New York City, for eight years, from 1921 to 1929, Will Cuppy lived as a hermit on Jones Island, off Long Island's South Shore. From there, he gained a reputation for his factual but funny magazine articles and wrote the book, How to be a Hermit, his first bestseller.

The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody was left unfinished after Cuppy's death in 1949. The manuscript was completed by a friend from some 15,000 note cards in Cuppy's apartment. The book spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list and has endured as a classic of American humor.

Item No. 9781567923773
$15.95
The Toy Brother - Hardcover
Steig, William

"Good pictures come along fairly often, but an original, remarkable book that takes you by surprise is rare. Rejoice over William Steig's latest, in which he spoofs medieval life and takes a crack at bullying older brothers and alchemy as he tells his rattling good story."
-- "The Philadelphia Inquirer"

"A riveting tale of sibling rivalry set in medieval times, which is, at the same time, as modern as all get-out."
-- "Newsday"

"Readers will delight in Steig's droll expressions, both visual and verbal, but the subtle lesson about brotherly love will not be lost amid teh comic goings-on."
-- "School Library Journal"

Item No. 9780374300890
$18.99
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Steig, William

William Steig's Tiffky Doofky, a garbage collector for the town of Popville, has a feeling one morning that something special is going to happen, so he goes to a fortune teller. She says he will meet his true love that very day, before the sun goes down. Tiffky Doofky looks everywhere, but he doesn't realize that a bad-tempered witch has tricked him. As the day goes on and the sun sinks lower in the sky, he begins to despair. Will he ever find his beloved? But a perilous encounter at the end of the day may be the most romantic near-death experience of all.

Item No. 9781250057921
$6.99
William Steig Exhibition Catalog
Jane Bayard Curley

From the exhibition Heart and Humor: The Picture Book Art of William Steig, February 8, 2004 - April 25, 2004.

By Jane Bayard Curley, Jeanne Steig, Joanna Cotler
Illustrated by William Steig

"A Life of Creative Energy" by Jane Bayard Curley.
"What My Husband Saw" by Jeanne Steig.
"The Last Interview with Bill Steig" by Joanna Cotler.
Catalog Design by Rita Marshall.
32 Illustrations, Paper, 48 pages.
1,000 copies, First Edition.

From "Acknowledgments," by H. Nichols B. Clark:
"One of my personal mandates for this fledgling institution has been to try and honor the senior and distinguished talents of picture book art during their lifetime. When I first approached Holly McGhee, William Steig's literary agent, about giving him an exhibition, she delicately raised the question of Bill's mortality - he was a mere ninety-four at the time. I responded that his advanced age made it all the more urgent; I felt very strongly that Steig should be recognized for his remarkable body of work while he was still alive, and that if fate intervened, at least he would have been cognizant of this recognition. And so it came to pass - the exhibition, indeed, stands as a memorial tribute. But how lucky we were to have had him for such a long and productive career! The fact that he did not embark on children's books until the age of sixty-one gives us all hope for keeping our own career paths vibrant. And it is espscially meaningful that we can also show a selection of Jeanne Steig's delightfully whimsical sculptures as a three-dimensional adjunct to her husbands work. They were a wonderful team in so many ways."

"Heart and Humor: The Picture Book Art of William Steig";
February 8, 2004-April 25, 2004.
"A Life of Creative Energy", by Jane Bayard Curley.
"What My Husband Saw", by Jeanne Steig.
"The Last Interview with Bill Steig", by Joanna Cotler.
Catalog Design by Rita Marshall,
32 Illustrations,
Paper, 48 pp, 8 ¾" x 8 ½",
1,000 Copies, First Edition.

From "Acknowledgments," by H. Nichols B. Clark:
"One of my personal mandates for this fledgling institution has been to try and honor the senior and distinguished talents of picture book art during their lifetime. When I first approached Holly McGhee, William Steig's literary agent, about giving him an exhibition, she delicately raised the question of Bill's mortality -- he was a mere ninety-four at the time. I responded that his advanced age made it all the more urgent; I felt very strongly that Steig should be recognized for his remarkable body of work while he was still alive, and that if fate intervened, at least he would have been cognizant of this recognition. And so it came to pass -- the exhibition, indeed, stands as a memorial tribute. But how lucky we were to have had him for such a long and productive career!"
Item No. 159288007X
$13.95
William Steig Postcard - Sylvester & the Magic Pebble
Item No. 16097A
$1.00
Wizzil
Steig, William

An exciting collaboration

Wizzil, a witch, is bored stiff. So with some coaxing from Beatrice, her parrot, she turns herself into a common housefly and heads over to Frimp farm to stir up trouble. Little does she know, DeWitt Frimp absolutely hates all breeds of fly, especially Musca domestica, and Wizzil narrowly escapes a life-threatening swatting. Wasting no time at all, she cooks up a nasty plan to teach DeWitt a lesson: she turns herself into a glove, which DeWitt finds and proudly wears, but which also deprives him of the ability to aim his flyswatter. Steig's playful storytelling voice is in full gear in this tale, and Quentin Blake's hilarious, antic pictures are a perfect match for the text.

Item No. 9781250056733
$9.99
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Steig, William

The Zabajaba Jungle is amazing. Its flora and fauna are like nothing ever seen before. Leonard is the first human who has ever entered the jungle, and perils lie in wait behind each bush. But he has a large knife and is brave, and with his cunning and the help of some animal friends, Leonard makes his way through this dreamy land of adventure.

The Zabajaba Jungle is a classic picture book by Shrek creator William Steig.

Item No. 9780374300906
$18.99
Zabajaba Jungle (Paperback)
Steig, William

The Zabajaba Jungle is amazing. Its flora and fauna are like nothing ever seen before. Leonard is the first human who has ever entered the jungle, and perils lie in wait behind each bush. But he has a bolo and is brave, and with his cunning and the help of some animal friends, Leonard makes his way through this dreamy land of adventure.

The Zabajaba Jungle is a classic picture book by Shrek creator William Steig.

Item No. 9781250057617
$8.99