July 18, 2008

William Steig

One of my favorite cartoonists ever is William Steig. He wrote Shrek, The Amazing Bone, Grownups Get to Do All the Driving... Dominic...Abel's Island & on & on. He conveyed human emotion succinctly & eloquently. I've loved CDB & CDC? since I was seven. My 2nd grade teacher gave them to me & I thought they were absolutely brilliant. They have stayed with me. In fact, Wm. was way ahead of his time. I like this language for text messaging.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jennifer,
All the way back to the wee Walker days-and now to the wee Beau days- one of our very favorite read alouds has been Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Duncan and Sylvester make up such an especially sweet family. I've always wondered why there hasn't been a childrens film made from that one.

Anonymous said...

I love, love, love William Steig. He used unusual vocabulary in writing for children, so serious and often dramatic that I want to crack up while reading it. Like when Dr. Desoto, the dentist has that big ethical decision about working on the teeth of a fox. The faces of the animals all have that intelligent look that is so humorous, sort of like the drawings in Far Side. But sometimes his books are so touching, have you ever read Amos and Boris? A tearjerker! I think WS started writing for children in his 80's.
Cute to think of little Jennifer and these books.

Fun is always in style. said...

Ms - his books were never boring for adults, for which I am grateful. The humor! The pathos! The drawings!