The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales
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The entire book, with its unconventional page arrangement and eclectic, frenetic mix of text and picures, is a spoof on the art of book design and the art of the fairy tale. The individual tales, such as he Really Ugly Ducklingand ittle Red Running Shorts,can be extracted for telling aloud, with great success. Another masterpiece from the team that created The True Story o...more
Hardcover, 51 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Viking Juvenile (first published January 1st 1992)
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Manny
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.

The rest of this review is in my book What Pooh Might Have Said to Dante and Other Futile Speculations

Snorkle
A delightful book that makes me laugh whenever I read it. Everybody should have at least one copy of this book in their home.
Ryan
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Tracy
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
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...more
Ronyell
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
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Summary:

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...more
Erin
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...more
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!
Kathryn
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
I absolutely adore these books that take classic fairy tales and turn them completely on their head.
Melissa
this book is awesome. WHO WILL I GET TO PLANT THE WHEAT!? WHO IS THIS ISBN GUY?
Stephanie
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...more
destinugrainy
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,...more
Monique
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...more
Ashley Chance
‘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...more
bakanekonomama
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...more
CH_Kathleen
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
Kelsey
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...more
Meghan
This was an awesome book! Again, I had never read this book before, but I believe that it is a book that should be exposed to children when they are young. They are exposed to rhyming, alliteration, diction, and many more. I loved how the words are arranged on the page. They go from side to side, up and down, and are slanted in some circumstances. The coloring of certain words adds emphasis and emotion to the certain passage and character. I liked how the combined the characters together into th...more
Michael
A very funny book of fractured fairy tales. The humor actually spills over to the front and back covers, the dedications page and the table of contents. I think the idea of these tales works best if the child is familiar with the tales they're based on. The humor works well because it plays off the expectations of where a story goes, but then provides an abrupt, unexpected, often ironic ending, which is often highly entertaining. Toward the middle of the book, the stories start to seem repetitiv...more
Shannon Wasgatt
This book is written by a fairy tale character,but you are unsure of if it is jack from "Jack and the beanstalk" or "Jack and Jill", and he his writing the story as you read it. The story is a compilation of a bunch different fair tales, but all told with a slight, to major change from the classics we know and love. In order to understand the humor in this book, the reader needs to have a working knowledge with the classic tales. The author breaks the fourth wall continuously, interacting with t...more
Serena Clarke
I remember this book from when I was in elementary school. I remember loving the story and the illustrations. My niece who is now in elementary school recently brought this book home as part of her reading homework. I was excited to see it and so I thought I would skim through it because I did not remember much about it. I got hooked and read it from beginning to end and I was laughing the whole time I was reading it. The story as well as the pictures kept me captivated. This is probably my most...more
Deserae
I loved this book for two reasons: 1) it make every book we read as a kid silly and funny adding a twist to the stories and 2) it teaches students a very important message you can write the ending to your own story, just because something does not end like a fairytale does not mean it is wrong, children can use their imaginations and come up with any ending to their lives, school days, etc. everything does not have to be done a certain way just because someone says it does, you make the decision...more
Brooke Unger
The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales, an award winning Caldecott book, has and will always be one of my favorite children's books. This book is so different than any other children's books I have read because of the unique style it is written. It starts off by making fun of how complicated books are. You open up the page to an hilarious conversation by a hen and the narrator followed by a title page, literally. From there the story continues to get funnier and funnier through the...more
Greg
The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales written by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, is a serious of short stories based on familiar children's stories and fairy tales. The book is a light hearted take on these stories which makes fun of traditional storytelling conventions. The really ugly duckling, The little Red riding hood and Jack's Bean Problem, are just a few of the stories in this compilation. This book is visually appealing, using illustrations well to convey the humour of each s...more
Nicholas Liu
Well, after stumbling across this in my goodreads recommendations, I did a quick read-through of an old favorite via (shh!)one of the many fine public repositories of university faculty.

This is what you're thinking:
Alright, is he really writing a review for a picture book? Does he think he's five? Has he forgotten how to read? No, no. no. Probably.
I've just come back to say a few words :

1. You have to be grown up a little to appreciate the comedic effectiveness of the design.

2. This book's pre...more
Kendrick Goodman
This picture book contains numerous fairy tales that have an amusing spin on them. Some of the fairy tales that are used include “The Ugly Duckling,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “The Gingerbread Man.” All of the stories in it are parodies of some sort of classic fairy tales. These particular stories have a lengthy amount of text, but they are also very short chapters with incredible illustrations. The drawings seem to come to life and really jump off the page as the reader is reading this book. An...more
Victoria Long
This book is hilarious! Taking our classic fairy takes and traditional stories and giving them a completely humorous twist. The ugly duckling grows up to be "just a really ugly duck". These surprising new elements to the stories we all know are so funny and creative. Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith have shown extreme imagination. The book lets you know it's being written as well. The stories are interrupted because they forgot to add the table of contents and this element is added to the plot. Also,...more
Sarah Williams
"The Stinky Cheese Man" is one of many humorous tales found in this collection of stories. It is a recreated, reimagined version of "The Gingerbread Man". I think the ending could have be written a little bit differently that would have made the tale even more hilarious, but it was still a funny rendition. This content of this tale is age-appropriate for most any children, although younger ones may not enjoy how many words there are on each page. However, they will find enjoyment in the illustra...more
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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...more
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