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William Steig (November 14, 1907 – October 3, 2003) was an American cartoonist, sculptor, and, in his later life, an illustrator and writer of children's books. Best known for the picture books Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Abel's Island, and Doctor De Soto, he was also the creator of Shrek!, which inspired the film series of the same name, and the illustrator of Listen, Little Man! (1945).

Works

  • 1932, Man About Town (New York: R. Long & R.R. Smith)
  • 1939, About People: A book of symbolical drawings by William Steig (Random House)
  • 1941, How to Become Extinct (Farrar & Rinehart), written by Will Cuppy, illustrated by Steig
  • 1942, The Lonely Ones (Duell, Sloan and Pearce)
  • 1944, All Embarrassed (Duell S&P)
  • 1944, Small Fry (Duell S&P)
  • 1945, Persistent Faces (Duell S&P)
  • 1946, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (Simon & Schuster) by Eric Hodgins
  • 1947, Till Death Do Us Part: Some ballet notes on marriage (Duell S&P)
  • 1948, Listen, Little Man! (Orgone Institute Press) by Wilhelm Reich – translated from the German-language essay "Rede an den kleinen Mann", 1945
  • 1950, The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody by Will Cuppy
  • 1950, The Agony in the Kindergarten (Duell S&P)
  • 1950, Giggle Box: Funny Stories for Boys and Girls (Alfred A. Knopf), compiled by Phyllis R. Fenner, newly illustrated by Steig
  • 1951, The Rejected Lovers (Knopf)
  • 1953, Dreams of Glory and other drawings (Knopf)
  • 1963, Continuous Performance (Duell S&P)

From this time, Steig primarily created children's picture books.

  • 1968, CDB! (Windmill Books) – picture book
  • 1968, Roland the Minstrel Pig (Windmill)
  • 1969, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Windmill) — NBA finalist<ref name=nba1970s/>
  • 1969, The Bad Island (Windmill); reissued as Rotten Island (D. R. Godine, 1984)
  • 1971, Amos and Boris
  • 1972, Dominic — NBA finalist<ref name=nba1970s/>
  • 1973, The Real Thief
  • 1974, Farmer Palmer's Wagon Ride
  • 1976, Abel's Island — adapted as a 1988 film
  • 1976, The Amazing Bone
  • 1977, Caleb + Kate — NBA finalist<ref name=nba1970s/>
  • 1978, Tiffky Doofky
  • 1979, Drawings
  • 1980, Gorky Rises
  • 1982, Doctor De SotoNational Book Award, Picture Books<ref name=nba1983/>
  • 1984, CDC? (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • 1984, Ruminations
  • 1984, Yellow & Pink
  • 1984, Rotten Island — his most popular bookTemplate:Citation needed
  • 1985, Solomon, The Rusty Nail
  • 1986, Brave Irene
  • 1987, The Zabajaba Jungle
  • 1988, Spinky Sulks
  • 1990, Shrek! — the basis for the movie series
  • 1992, Alpha Beta Chowder, written by Jeanne Steig, illustrated by William Steig
  • 1992, Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa
  • 1994, Zeke Pippin
  • 1996, The Toy Brother
  • 1998, A Handful of Beans: Six Fairy Tales, retold by Jeanne Steig, illustrated by William Steig
  • 1998, Pete's a Pizza
  • 2000, Made for Each Other
  • 2000, Wizzil
  • 2001, A Gift from Zeus
  • 2002, Potch & Polly
  • 2003, When Everybody Wore a Hat




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