William Steig's drawings of the world's favourite ogre decorate his crisp prose in <i>Shrek</i>

Forget chocolate – why not try a book this Easter?

Susan Elkin reviews the best children's and young-adult fiction to help keep your darlings entertained over the spring holidays

Quite a Toy Story: Vivid looks for offers of £80m

The owner of the toy developer Vivid Imaginations has hired advisers at KPMG to sell the company for up to £80m.

Betrayal, Comedy Theatre, London<br/>Luise Miller, Donmar Warehouse, London<br/>Shrek the Musical, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London

Harold Pinter's ingeniously structured portrait of adultery is riveting to start with but, despite star casting, fails to maintain its backward momentum

McDowell grinds out solid start to title defence after his early hiccup

Bunker. Bunkum. Bogey at the first. Not exactly how Graeme McDowell had dreamed he would start the defence of his US Open title. Stomach churning. First-tee nerves perhaps. But it was just a blip. Birdie at the second. Nerves settled. No need for a tummy tablet.

First Night: Shrek The Musical, Theatre Royal, London

'Shrek': the show that leaves rivals green with envy

Video: Prince Charles meets Shrek

The Prince of Wales has been to meet the cast of Shrek the musical in London.

RIP Shrek, the sheep that bewitched a nation

In a country where sheep outnumber humans 10 to one, a castrated merino named Shrek stood out from the flock. Found in a mountain cave in New Zealand after six years on the run, he sported a fleece so enormous that he resembled "some Biblical creature", his owner recalls.

Harriet Walker: 'I'm going to miss the gurning strangers'

Just before I started sixth form, my old school building was knocked down. This was not a problem, because we had a spiffy new one to move into. At the time, I was so gleeful that the Dickensian gymnasium had been reduced to rubble and the sports department crammed into a basement that I didn't really have time for nostalgia.

Katy Holland: Why the Barbie hotel suite has made me a nervous Shrek

Am I imagining things, or has the world been taken over by kids' fantasy icons?

DVD: Shrek 4: Forever After &ndash; The Final Chapter (U)

"I'm just a jolly green giant," moans Shrek at his son's birthday party.

DVD: Shrek Forever After, For retail &amp; rental (Dreamworks)

The fourth Shrek film is an improvement on the third, not that anyone except DreamWorks' accountants ever thought that the first one needed any sequels at all.

Splashing out: the ocean liner that thinks big

This week the world's largest cruise ship made her maiden voyage. Harriet O'Brien was aboard

3-D animations stand out for Cineworld

Cineworld has hailed resurgent advertising revenues and strong box-office sales from 3D movies this year, with Toy Story 3 alone bringing in £70m.

Village People: The Potato Council survives, but it could soon be crunch time

Quango upon quango has been consigned to the bonfire, but the Potato Council lives on.

Child's play: A boom in British theatre

TV tie-ins and book adaptations are pulling in younger audiences
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