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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  76,652 Ratings  ·  1,836 Reviews
A revisionist storyteller provides his mad, hilarious versions of children's favorite tales in this collection that includes Little Red Running Shorts, The Princess and the Bowling Ball, Cinderumpelstilskin, and others.
Hardcover, 51 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Viking Books for Young Readers (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
Shelves: topshelf
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I guess I can to a point appreciate the parodistic intent of Jon Scieszka's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. However, the retold narratives do not really work for me as satires (as parodies), primarily due to the fact there are simply too many tales presented. For as soon as the plot lines of the given stories seem to become somewhat interesting and entertaining, there generally is an abrupt and rushed ending inserted, and another, similarly choppy and uneven tale commences ( ...more
A delightful book that makes me laugh whenever I read it. Everybody should have at least one copy of this book in their home.
Oct 08, 2016 dianne rated it really liked it
Now this is the kind of literature children of all ages should be reading. The ugly duckling is just ugly. And didn't we all loathe the "Princess and the Pea"? Back then it was just so important to teach our vulnerable young that royalty are so constitutionally different from us - wholly different protoplasm, so delicate, so high maintenance, that they could detect a pea under 100 mattresses. Blech. In this one the Prince tires of waiting for a princess who could detect a pea (no one could - i l ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Jun 08, 2014 Lauren Stoolfire rated it it was amazing
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!
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
Jun 21, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 07, 2008 Tracy rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
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
Mar 13, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing
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
Quí Hiển
Oct 14, 2016 Quí Hiển rated it it was amazing
Guys, this is the most dead serious book I've ever read, much recommended for sassy postmodernist children.
Mar 02, 2007 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-other
Danielle Pukansky
Oct 16, 2016 Danielle Pukansky rated it really liked it
I also read this book when I was younger and enjoyed the silly take on many of these tales. It contains enough jokes for adults to keep this from being yet another mundane, over-read fairy tale book as well. The illustrations are interesting and I enjoyed them very much. This is an excellent book to read over a span of days with each student getting to pick their own story. It will leave students laughing since they're takes on such popular fairy tales but with outlandish endings. I would highly ...more
L11_Ryanne Szydlik
Feb 09, 2011 L11_Ryanne Szydlik rated it really liked it
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
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
Re-read for POPSUGAR Challenge: A book you loved as a child. The stories are so funny and the pictures are awesome. I read this countless times as a child. Still the best!
Added April 9, 2014 - My brothers bought me this book for Christmas when I was about 10. Such a great, funny twist on familiar fairy tales!
Jan 06, 2015 Tessa rated it really liked it
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.
May 31, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing
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."
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore these books that take classic fairy tales and turn them completely on their head.
Aug 20, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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.
Nấm Hương
Feb 22, 2017 Nấm Hương rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nấm by: Quí Hiển
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ò, và lại còn được cho mượn sách vì tui đã hỏi "chừng nào tao mới đẹp" và bạn hiển trả lời "đọc chiện cổ tích ngu xi đần độn ko? ngài xưa có 1 con vịt xấu xí, xong con vịt lớn lên chờ hoài mà nó ko biến thành thiên nga vì nó chỉ là con vịt thi
Stefanie Burns
Feb 03, 2017 Stefanie Burns rated it it was ok
Shelves: caldecott-honor
It took me weeks to sit down and read this book. I kept choosing other honor books to read first. The layout of this book really irritates me. The lack of whitespace is frustrating and the different font size is distracting. The illustrations are creepy and a little unnerving. The meaning behind the text is a little 'in your face' too. I know many people like this book, but for me it is not a winner. I couldn't get past the formatting and honetly, I didn't even read it all. I gave it two stars i ...more
Jan 12, 2013 bakanekonomama rated it it was amazing
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
I get that this is supposed to be funny...and that, as I have said before, I have an underdeveloped sense of humor...or at least that what most people think is funny, I typically don't find funny. This is one of those cases. Plus, I really genuinely enjoy most fairy tales...and while I often find adaptations enjoyable, this one just rubs me the wrong way. Maybe I am just extra tired (plus I'm not feeling well) but I don't care for the stories or the illustrations...and while I have seen this boo ...more
Dec 27, 2016 Bayli rated it it was amazing
Was a favorite of mine when I was little, had to purchase a copy for a little man in my life who I think will get a giggle out of these "fairly stupid tales" as well.
Alexis Kydon
Dec 04, 2014 Alexis Kydon rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
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
Evelyn Swanson
Oct 09, 2016 Evelyn Swanson rated it it was amazing
The Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith will bring laughter into your class during reading time! I recommend it as a “read aloud” for students in 3rd- 6th grade, and for independent readers who enjoy funny stories! First, I would discuss the title of the book, and present traditional fairytales before reading this book, to provide students with background knowledge. This text is a collection of off the wall fairy tales comprised of Chicken Licken, The P ...more
I remember really enjoying this when I was a little kid. Maybe my first experience with parody.
Mar 06, 2013 Desty rated it it was amazing
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,
Ashley Chance
Jan 21, 2013 Ashley Chance rated it it was amazing
‘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
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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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