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Robbin Gourley

Shrek’s New (Old) Look

When I think of Shrek in my mind’s eye, I envision a larger-than-life version of one of William Steig’s most endearing and hilarious characters. Not the movie or Broadway version, but a giant version of the image that graces the cover of the original jacket for Shrek!

We were loaned the original jacket art and dummy from the Eric Carle Museum when we started the redesign of the jacket for the twentieth anniversary edition. I was very surprised by the actual size of Shrek in the original drawing. He’s small—4 7/8″ tall. For the new jacket, we made Shrek as large as we could make him.

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