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William Steig (1907–2003)

Author of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

68+ Works 25,611 Members 625 Reviews 21 Favorited

About the Author

William Steig was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 14, 1907, and spent his childhood in the Bronx. Steig found an outlet for his talent by creating cartoons for the high school newspaper. After high school graduation, Steig spent two years at City College, three years at the National show more Academy, and five days at the Yale School of Fine Arts before dropping out. During his early days as a free-lance artist, he supplemented his income with work in advertising, although he intensely disliked it. He illustrated for the The New Yorker, beginning in 1930. During the 1940s, Steig's creativity found a more agreeable outlet when he began carving figurines in wood; his sculptures are on display as part of the collection in the historic home of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park, New York, and in several museums in New England. In 1967, Bob Kraus, a fellow cartoonist at The New Yorker, was in the process of organizing Windmill Books, an imprint for Harper & Row. Kraus suggested that Steig try writing and illustrating a book for a young audience. The result was Steig's letter-puzzle book entitled C D B!, published in 1968. Roland the Minstrel Pig, was published the same year. With his very next title, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, he won the Caldecott Medal. The Amazing Bone was also a Caldecott Honor Book.In 1972, Steig published his first children's novel, Dominic, which won the Christopher Award. Abel's Island followed and was a Newberry Honor Book. William Steig died in October 3, 2003 in Boston Massachusettes. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by William Steig

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1969) 6,223 copies
Doctor De Soto (1982) 3,409 copies
Abel's Island (1976) 2,765 copies
Amos & Boris (1971) 1,873 copies
Brave Irene (1986) 1,805 copies
Pete's a Pizza (1998) 1,274 copies
The Amazing Bone (1976) 1,225 copies
Shrek! (1990) 964 copies
CDB! (1968) 690 copies
Dominic (1972) 533 copies
The Real Thief (1973) 458 copies
Spinky Sulks (1988) 295 copies
The Toy Brother (1996) 279 copies
CDC? (1984) 277 copies
Yellow & Pink (1984) 271 copies
Gorky Rises (1980) 223 copies
Caleb and Kate (1977) 213 copies
When Everybody Wore a Hat (2003) 207 copies
Solomon the Rusty Nail (1800) 200 copies
Zeke Pippin (1994) 198 copies
Roland the Minstrel Pig (1968) 151 copies
Rotten Island (1969) 146 copies
Wizzil (2000) 140 copies
Which Would You Rather Be? (2002) 135 copies
The One and Only Shrek! (2007) 112 copies
The Zabajaba Jungle (1987) 89 copies
Farmer Palmer's Wagon Ride (1891) 82 copies
The lonely ones (1942) 71 copies
Tiffky Doofky (1800) 66 copies
Potch & Polly (2002) 51 copies
The World of William Steig (1656) — Illustrator — 50 copies
Toby, Where Are You? (1997) 46 copies
Toby, What Are You? (2001) 40 copies
Made for Each Other (1999) 30 copies
The Rejected Lovers (1822) 29 copies
Toby, Who Are You? (2004) 27 copies
Sick of Each Other (2001) 24 copies
William Steig Drawings (1979) 20 copies
About People (1939) 17 copies
Our Miserable Life (1990) 16 copies
The Great Bustard and Other People (1944) — Illustrator — 16 copies
Small Fry (1944) 16 copies
All embarrassed (1944) 14 copies
Persistent Faces (1945) 11 copies
Dreams of Glory (1953) 10 copies
Male Female (1971) 9 copies
Ruminations (1984) 8 copies
Man About Town (1932) 6 copies
The Bad Speller (1970) 6 copies
Continuous performance (1963) 4 copies
Doktor De Sotos Abenteuer (2005) 4 copies
An Eye for Elephants (1970) 3 copies

Associated Works

The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker (2004) — Cartoonist — 1,329 copies
Shrek [2001 film] (2001) — Contributor — 1,135 copies
The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody (1950) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,047 copies
Listen, Little Man! (1945) — Illustrator, some editions — 486 copies
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1946) — Illustrator — 387 copies
The New Yorker Book of Dog Cartoons (1992) — Contributor — 177 copies
Alpha Beta Chowder (1992) — Illustrator — 124 copies
The Flying Latke (1999) — Illustrator — 92 copies
Consider the Lemming (1605) — Illustrator — 89 copies
The Old Testament Made Easy (1990) — Illustrator — 77 copies
How to Become Extinct (1941) — Illustrator, some editions — 76 copies
A Gift from Zeus (2001) — Illustrator — 73 copies
Think Small (1965) — Contributor — 72 copies

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Reviews

**Found in the 20th Century Children's Book Treasury**

This is so heartbreaking and heartwarming and lovely.
 
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mrsandersonreads23 | 240 other reviews | Apr 14, 2024 |
This is a charming book about winter, family, and responsibility.
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Chrissylou62 | 46 other reviews | Apr 11, 2024 |
I wonder what Steig fans at the time this was published thought. One of the volumes contained in this compilation is "Small Fry," a group of classic The New Yorker cartoons, which it's fun to see, but the rest are, frankly, boring abstract drawings. Give this book a hard pass.
½
 
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EricCostello | Feb 28, 2024 |
A classic story of gratitude.
 
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