"The quest tale is turned asunder when Shrek, a hideous monster, must leave the home of his ugly parents in search of his ideal bride. He finds his vision of repulsiveness, and they live 'horribly ever after'. The running gag is one to which children will respond immediately, but there are also depths to be plumbed." (Kimberley Olson Fakih, The Literature of Delight: A Critical Guide to Humorous Books for Children)
- Bellatrixie Muse
Not like the movie...but better!
We listened to this audiobook on a recent car trip and my 8 year old son insisted on a reread on the way home. Irreverent and funny!
Hands down favorite!
I recommend The One and Only Shrek! to all my friends looking to introduce their kiddos to audiobooks. The voice work by Stanley Tucci and Meryl Streep is fantastic. The stories are just the right length to maintain the interest of all ages. Most importantly, I don't mind having to listen to them over and over again because my kids just don't get sick of them.
Not like the funny movie but liked other stories
Please be warned this is NOTHING like the movie Shrek! Its much different, scarier and just a completely different story. Theres no funny parts, it's scary the whole way through.. that being said we DO skip past it to hear the other stories. Meryl Streep reading "The Amazing Bone" is wonderful, and Stanley Tucci reading Dr DeSoto, excellent. Just NOT for kids easily frightened, all the stories have the capacity for nightmares, someone is getting threatened to be eaten in every story, and its a bit gruesome. I really dont recommend Shrek to any one whos seen the movie, but the other stories I definitley do . NOT like the movie Shrek at all, but other stories great!
Good for all ages
My four year old adores this (especially Brave Irene and Dr De Soto) but I've also used it to successfully entertain a 2.5 year old and two 8 year olds on a long car trip. I've heard it at least a dozen times, and still find it amusing. Highly recommend.