Looking for that perfect Holiday gift that will excite parents and kids equally? Here it is! At the end of the month, Macmillan Audio will release a Book & CD Set for Brave Irene, one of classic children’s author William Steig’s absolute masterpieces. The set is read by the multi-talented Meryl Streep in a voice so excitingly recognizable that moms, dads, and kids alike will jump out of their seats!

The set includes an audio CD of Streep reading the book, the full color paperback (which won the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year), and a read along track for kids, making it the ideal educational AND entertaining holiday activity. 

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year

Now a Book & CD Set with a recording by Meryl Streep

from the Grammy-nominated William Steig collection

                                         BRAVE IRENE

By William Steig / Read by Meryl Streep


(MediaQuire) Brave Irene is Irene Bobbin, the dressmaker’s daughter. Her mother, Mrs. Bobbin, isn’t feeling so well and can’t possibly deliver the beautiful ball gown she’s made for the duchess to wear that very evening. So plucky Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace in time, in spite of the fierce snowstorm that’s brewing – quite an errand for a little girl!

But where there’s a will, there’s a way, as Irene proves in the danger-fraught adventure that follows. She must defy the wiles of the wicket wind, her most formidable opponent, and overcome many obstacles before she completes her mission. Surely, this winning heroine will inspire every child to cheer her on.

Narrated by the iconic Meryl Streep, this Book & CD Set charms with vivid illustrations, an exciting storyline, and the perfect voice to bring it all together. Also including a read-along track, Brave Irene is the kind of book that children will grow up listening to, and then excitedly read to themselves!


Praise for Brave Irene:

“An extraordinarily eloquent story about love and courage” – The New Yorker 

“With sure writing and well-composed, riveting art, Steig keeps readers with Irene every step of the long way.” — Booklist, starred review 

“In Brave Irene, Streep’s mellifluous voice transforms instantly from the even-toned narrator to the infuriating wind that tortures Irene.” – Audiofile, Earphones Award Winner 

“William Steig’s Brave Irene has the timeless quality of a classic fairy tale.” — Publishers Weekly 

“A lovely story, well told and most attractively presented.” — Kirkus Reviews


WILLIAM STEIG (1907-2003) began drawing for The New Yorker in 1930. He published his first children’s book in 1968, and received the Caldecott Medal in 1970. His works include The Amazing Bone, Abel’s Island, Doctor De Soto, and various other Newbery Honor and Caldecott Honor books.

MERYL STREEP is one of the most celebrated and award-winning actresses in the history of film. She holds the record for most nominations for Academy Awards, and has won twice. She also garnered two Emmy Awards, Seven Golden Globes, and six Drama Desk Awards.

BRAVE IRENE | By William Steig | Read by Meryl Streep

ISBN-13: 978-1-4272-1725-7 | $9.99 | On Sale November 22, 2011

For additional information on Brave Irene, please contact:

Esther Bochner | Senior Publicist

Macmillan Audio | Macmillan Young Listeners

175 Fifth Ave | New York, NY 10010

p: 646.307.5043 | e: esther.bochner@macmillan.com| www.macmillanaudio.com


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