Books: A Child's Shelf of Delight

SHREK! by William Steig (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; $10.95). At 83, cartoonist Steig is still among the very young at art. His latest work follows the adventures of a creature so gruesome that snakes get poisoned when they bite him. But fate is kind: one bad day he meets the most hideous princess in the kingdom, and they live horribly ever after. Just what he wanted -- and so will any reader who appreciates the flip side of a classic fairy tale.

THE FOOL AND THE FISH by Alexander Nikolayevich Afanasyev (Dial; $12.95). Ivan is that classic Russian archetype, the wise...

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