Steig, William, 1907–2003, American cartoonist and children's book writer, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. He began drawing cartoons for the The New Yorker in the 1930s, and ultimately produced over 1,600 spontaneous, exuberant line drawings for the magazine, including more than 100 covers. In his sixties, he became a successful children's book author, writing and illustrating Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1969; Caldecott Medal), Abel's Island (1973), Doctor De Soto (1982), Brave Irene (1986), and Shrek! (1990), which became the basis for a computer-animated film series.
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