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 ...
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.
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Publishers Weekly, 1990-09-14 No doubt about it, Shrek is the ugliest guy in town. Everywhere he goes, people and animals flee. If his hideous appearance does not immediately fell them, the smoke belching from his ears and his ``putrid blue flame'' sends even the mighty--including ``a whopper of a dragon''--packing. Yet Shrek is inordinately proud of his green knobby head and loathsome figure, and he roams the countryside having the kind of fun that only tormenting the vulnerable can provide. Hearing a witch prophesy that he will marry a princess who is even uglier than he is, Shrek is intrigued, and he sets out to find this repulsive bride. When they finally meet, the two break into heartfelt declarations of mutual admiration. (``Your horny warts, your rosy wens, / Like slimy bogs and fusty fens, / Thrill me.'') Of course, they ``got hitched as soon as possible.'' Steig's epigrammatic genius is given full rein in this engrossing and satisfying tale. The implicit promise (or threat) of a sequel--perhaps detailing the exploits of the pair's offspring--is indeed delicious to contemplate. Ages 3-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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