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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  72,926 Ratings  ·  1,748 Reviews
If geese had graves, Mother Goose would be rolling in hers. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales retells--and wreaks havoc on--the allegories we all thought we knew by heart. In these irreverent variations on well-known themes, the ugly duckling grows up to be an ugly duck, and the princess who kisses the frog wins only a mouthful of amphibian slime. The Sti ...more
Published November 1st 1999 by Viking Penguin (first published January 1st 1992)
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They keep making postmodernism accessible to younger and younger age groups. This is a typical postmodern take on the fairy-story genre - they even present Jack the Giant-Killer as an infinite regress of meta-stories - but it's done skillfully enough that I've met bright 6-year-olds who found it funny and got the point.

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Mar 01, 2008 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A delightful book that makes me laugh whenever I read it. Everybody should have at least one copy of this book in their home.
Lauren Stoolfire
I adore The Stinky Cheese Man!

Jon Scieszka is brilliant and funny - if you haven't read this you're missing out! He and Lane Smith make an excellent team!
Oct 09, 2008 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Picture Book "If geese had graves, Mother Goose would be rolling in hers. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales retells--and wreaks havoc on--the allegories we all thought we knew by heart. In these irreverent variations on well-known themes, the ugly duckling grows up to be an ugly duck, and the princess who kisses the frog wins only a mouthful of amphibian slime. The Stinky Cheese Man deconstructs not only the tradition of the fairy tale but also the entire notion of a book. Our ...more
May 04, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was walking through a bookstore with my cousin who is 5 years younger than me when we came across a display of The Stinky Cheese Man. She exclaimed, "Didn't you just love this book as a kid?!" I had to admit that I hadn't heard of it before, which I was a bit embarrassed about, since she was so enthusiastic and adamant that it was a must read as a kid. I checked the copyright and found that about the time this was published, I was just starting high school. Mystery solved! I'm now an adult and ...more
Mar 13, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is simply genius. I've not read it for a few years now but I remember taking it out of the library again and again, laughing out every time.

The book is a picture book but with lots of different fairy tales that have been twisted and warped into a fabulous and hilarious read.

You think you know classic tales like the Gingerbread Man, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood? Think again. With clever tweaks and twists, some of them are linked together in an interesting and uniq
May 31, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I used to feel fairly naughty for reading this.

One, because several friends' parents banned it.
Two, because it was a picture book and I was reading "beneath me."
Jun 14, 2007 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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L11_Ryanne Szydlik
Jon Scieszka has produced yet another unique twist on several well known traditional tales. In this cazy story, the author has combined many traditional tales such as The Gingerbread Man, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Little Red Hen, and Little Red Riding Hood just to name a few. Throughout the book, the author entwines all the different stories in an ingenious way.

This book would be appropriate for older children who have a strong background in the telling or reading of a variety of Traditional
Back in 1989, “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” was the most popular children’s book ever written and that’s where the Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith team made their famous trademark as children’s book writers. In 1992, a new children’s book, made by the Scieszka/Smith team has proclaimed its hallmark of fame as one of the funniest books ever written. That book is called “The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales,” and has became a classic in its own right and won numerous awards, ...more
Michelle Kwait
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The Stinky Cheese Man is narrated by the infamous Jack, of Jack and the Bean Stalk. The book is made up of a collection of tales, that Jack leads us through. Jack prefaces with the fact that the stories are almost fairy tales, but not quite: they are in fact, fairly stupid tales (and may be dangerous to your health). Scieszka takes the reader through classic fairy tales, with a twist: the Little Red Hen gets a bit whiny, Chicken Licken sees not th
Feb 17, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The retelling of classic children's fairy tales has been done and redone, but not in the same way as Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith have done. From the very first page - meaning the endpaper - the reader is incorporated into the story as Jack, the little narrator, speaks directly to them. Jack, of Jack and the Beanstalk infamy, takes control of the entire book, "writing the introduction and putting together the dedication page. The parts of the book itself are incorporated into the stories, as seen ...more
Feb 08, 2015 Tessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got talked into reading this at my 9 year-old's bedtime and boy am I glad. Some of the stories were hilarious and others were funny. Luckily, my child knew all the references and we both laughed at the numerous adaptations of traditional tales.
Aug 20, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite, and I mean favorite, books when I was a kid. LOVED this story. I used to read it over, and over, and over ad nauseum.
John Yelverton
Oct 31, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore these books that take classic fairy tales and turn them completely on their head.
Anna Laskownicka
May 14, 2015 Anna Laskownicka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really love this book!
'The Stinky Cheese Man' contains a few completely new versions of a very well-known fairy tales. I think that these new stories proposed by Scieszka are absolutely hilarious and briliant in their absurdity. This is the type of humour that really appeals to me, I like abstract ideas that often do not fit the reality, therefore I really enjoyed reading this book. Moreover, the way the book is structured, or actually destructured, is also great for me, mainly because I usual
Dec 30, 2014 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I'm a little surprised this is/was marketed to kids, especially kids like I was who didn't need any help overriding the rules and being utterly sarcastic.

That said, this is such a weird book to return to as an adult. It takes about ten minutes to read, mostly because all of the tales have been boiled down to reality--like, if a duckling is ugly, it will likely grow up to be an ugly duck. The end. When your stories are only about two pages long, it's kind of a short book.

The thin
Alexis Kydon
Dec 06, 2014 Alexis Kydon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales are a series of "Stupid Tales". According to the text, they're not fairy tales. They're basically like spinoffs. Instead of "The Princess and the Pea, it's The Princess and The Bowling Ball". There are ten complete stories and the text is all jumbled up. For example, one of the pages, the table of contents appears to get mixed up in the middle of the book and the text seems to be falling. Some pages have text that is REALLY BIG and other pages ...more
Stephanie H (My Bookish Itinerary)
This is one of those books that I read when I was a kid. I remember my Mom reading it to my brother and me. So I was happy to read this book to my daughter.

It is a funny book. As I was reading it, I remembered all the parts that my brother and I would run around quoting over and over again. I even remembered The Giant's story. (Our favorite part.)

My daughter did point out (more than once) the word "stupid" and how it is not a nice word. I basically told her that in this case it meant that the st
Peringatan : Buku ini bisa membuat anda tertawa terbahak-bahak. Sebaiknya masuk ke dalam kamar, tutup pintu dan nikmati buku ini seorang diri. Segala resiko silahkan tanggung sendiri.

Peringatan di atas tidak mengada-ada. Soalnya saat saya membaca buku ini di laptop di sela-sela mengerjakan tugas kuliah, saya benar-benar ketawa sampai sakit perut. Suami saya heran, tugas kuliah macam apa yang bisa membuat saya tertawa. Okey, saya ceritakan sedikit tentang buku ini.

Alih-alih sebagai Fairy Tales,
I took a short break away from "The Pillars of the Earth" to read this book, which came in the mail yesterday (along with several others). I had been getting restless over "Pillars" (I couldn't continue reading and reading 'til the end because, of course, I have a job) and decided to "stray" for a while. And why not, this book is a mere 5-minute read (maybe 10, if you're one to dawdle over the illustrations) and I was done with it in no time.

"Stinky Cheese Man..." is an illustrated parody and re
Ashley Chance
Jan 21, 2013 Ashley Chance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales’ is a marvellous book, which was read to me as a child in primary school. I have never forgotten the enthusiasm with which my teacher read the book. She brought the whole story to life, using hilarious voices for all the characters and emphasised the absurdity of the rhymes within each story.

The entire book consists of 10 mini ‘not-so-traditional’ stories. It puts a whole new twist on fairy tales by completely reversing some of the story lines
Bacaan ringan pengocok perut di pagi hari. "The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales" adalah cerita-cerita parodi dari fairy tales terkenal yang ada dan sudah pernah Anda dengar. Dan, kali ini saya kembali mengalami kesulitan dalam membuat review buku ini, karena saya sangat suka bukunya, yang konyol dan penuh humor.

Dari awal buku saja saya sudah dibuat terbahak-bahak dengan narasi-narasi nggak penting dari si penulis. Dimulai dari si "Little Red Hen" yang dengan hebohnya bercerita
The Stinky Cheese Man is a book of traditional fairy tales told in a not so traditional way. Many folktales are represented in this book, but one of my favorites is the spin-off of Rumpelstiltskin. Jon Sciezka molds Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin into one story. Rumpelstiltskin offers to spin straw into gold for Cinderella but she did not see how this would do her any good. So Rumpelstiltskin asks her to guess his name. Again, she has no interest and kicks him out. Later that evening she tells t ...more
This book is an enjoyable twist on the well-known fairy tales like "The Really Ugly Duckling", "The Princess and the Bowling Ball" and "Little Red Running Shorts". I absolutely adored it's clever word play and the way the narrator, Jack, interrupts the story to teach book design and the ordering of the sequence of events in a book.
Full of jumbled up stories and an interrupting hen, this story doesn't really have a plot; rather, it is simply for the enjoyment of readers. I was chuckling through
This was a different take on fables/fairytales. If any of you are old enough to remember the saturday morning "Fractured Fairytales" this book is similar. I like how the author actually joined all the short stories together by using Jack, the narrator, as the "glue". Totally enjoyed the quirkiness of this book.
Mar 06, 2016 Rhianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this! I haven't analysed it yet, but the way it doesn't conform to a normal story book! Is brilliant it teaches thinking outside of the box, and the pictures seem really warped and aren't pretty and bright like what is usually expected. It's different and funny, I like it.
Shannon Brasher
This book is a unique and humorous take on the classic fairytales we grew up reading. Children will enjoy reading about The Really Ugly Duckling who just grew up to be an ugly duck, how the sky was not falling on Chicken Little, it was the table of contents, as well as the Little Red Hen who keeps popping up randomly throughout the book interrupting other stories. This book would be a great tool to teach creative writing, comparing and contrasting, the format of a book, and common elements of a ...more
Michele Stalmer
If you are doing a unit on Fairy tales and what some humor added in then The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales' is a great book! It rearranges and Fairy Tales twists Classic Fairy Tales into funny, cute stories and let's the Fairy Tales go into whole new direction. If you thought Fairy Tales were boring, you've GOT to check this book out! My kids love it and always request to have it read.
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Jon Scieszka is a writer and teacher. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children. Occasionally he has been known to howl at the full moon. --from the dust jacket of "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs"

Jon Scieszka is also the author of the best-selling ALA Notable Book, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, as well as Knights of the Kitchen Table, and The Not-So-Jolly Roger
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