Six fairy tales are told anew and spiced with picturesquite a few. It took a pair of Steigs to do ‘em: ‘Twas Jeanne who wrote ‘em. William drew ‘em. Here’s Rumpelstiltskin, in a rage; The Frog Prince hops right off the page; Hansel and Gretel thwart the witch; Jack slays the giant (and gets rich); Red Riding Hood and Gram survive; The Beast and Beauty wed, and thrive. That’s quite enough. The book’s a killer. To say more would be idle filler.
William Steig’s drawings appeared regularly in <em> The New Yorker</em> since 1930. He also wrote and illustrated books for children, most recently his memoir, <em>When Everybody Wore a Hat</em>. His other books include <em> Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, </em> winner of the Caldecott Medal; <em> The Amazing Bone, </em> a Caldecott Honor Book; and <em> Abel’s Island</em> and <em> Doctor De Soto, </em> both Newbery Honor Books; <em> Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa</em>; <em>Pete’s A Pizza</em>; and <em>Zeke Pippin</em>.
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