Amos and Boris

William Steig (Author)


Amos the mouse and Boris the whale: a devoted pair of friends with nothing at all in common, except good hearts and a willingness to help their fellow mammal. They meet after Amos sets out to sail the sea and finds himself in extreme need of rescue. And there will come a day, long after Boris has gone back to a life at sea and Amos has gone back to life on dry land, when the tiny mouse must find a way to rescue the great whale. "Amos & Boris" is a 1971 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, Notable Children's Book of the Year, and Outstanding Book of the Year.

Product Details

Perfection Learning
Publish Date
September 15, 2009
10.4 X 0.4 X 8.9 inches | 0.66 pounds
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About the Author

William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator, and author of award-winning books for children. Most notably Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, for which he received the Caldecott Medal; 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. Steig is also the creator of Shrek! which inspired the Dreamworks films. Steig also received the Christopher Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the William Allen White Children's Book Award, the America Book Award, and Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also the US nominee for both of the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Awards as an illustrator in 1982, and then as an author in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Steig, and four children.


"Un cuento simple y directo acerca de la amistad. Las hermosas acuarelas y un texto divertido y bien escrito que presentan de un modo accesible las coincidencias del argumento se adaptan admirablemente a esta caracteristica fabula esopica."--starred, "School Library Journal"
"Sin lugar a duda los dibujos ingeniosamente afectuosos de Steig y la perfecta narracion complementaria hacen que este sea un amistoso y duradero libro ilustrado."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"El libro es divertido e intenso, claro y profundo."--the "New York Times"

"There is no question that Steig's affectionately witty pictures and perfectly complementary narration make this a durable picture book friendship."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"The book is funny and earnest, pellucid and profound."--"The New York Times Book Review"
* "A simple, matter-of-fact story about the friendship between a mouse and a whale. . . . Lovely watercolor pictures and a funny, well-written text which presents its plot coincidences in tongue-in-cheek manner fit together admirably in this faintly Aesopian tale."--"School Library Journal", Starred Review