Author(s): William Steig
"Good pictures come along fairly often, but an original, remarkable book that takes you by surprise is rare. Rejoice over William Steig's latest, in which he spoofs medieval life and takes a crack at bullying older brothers and alchemy as he tells his rattling good story." -- "The Philadelphia Inquirer" "A riveting tale of sibling rivalry set in medieval times, which is, at the same time, as modern as all get-out." -- "Newsday" "Readers will delight in Steig's droll expressions, both visual and verbal, but the subtle lesson about brotherly love will not be lost amid teh comic goings-on."-- "School Library Journal"
The prolific Steig keeps the Dark Ages light with his penchant for non sequiturs and colorful if challenging words (such as "alackaday" and "transmogrification"). Watercolors of chunky wooden furniture, heavy eating utensils and knee-length tunics set the tone for this costume comedy. "Publishers Weekly" Steig's amusing drawings and bright watercolor washes are rich in detail and his cartoon style is further enlivened by bright purple borders on each page. Readers will delight in Steig's droll expressions, both visual and verbal, but the subtle lesson about brotherly love will not be lost amid the comic goings-on. "School Library Journal" Steig embellishes his always rich vocabulary with medieval words to delightful effect and decorates his artwork with rich hues and purple borders. "Booklist" ... another satisfying tale that is also a gentle vehicle for helping children to understand a range of sometimes subtle psychological and ethical issues. "The New York Times Book Review" Sure to be adored by all younger siblings. "Parent's Choice" Not at all didactic, this is a clever, amusing story. "Children's Literature""
William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including "Shrek!," on which the DreamWorks movies are based. In 1930, Steig's work began appearing in "The New Yorker," where his drawings have been a popular fixture ever since. He published his first children's book, "Roland the Minstrel Pig," in 1968. In 1970, Steig received the Caldecott Medal for "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble." His books for children also include "Dominic; The Real Thief; The Amazing Bone," a Caldecott Honor Book; "Amos Boris," a National Book Award finalist; and "Abel's Island" and "Doctor De Soto," both Newbery Honor Books. He died in Boston at the age of 95.