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The Stinky Cheese Man 10th Anniversary

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This special 10th anniversary edition release of the classic collection of parodies of fairy tales features a brand-new jacket and a lost masterpiece, "The Boy Who Cried Cow Patty." Full-color illustrations.
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published May 27th 2002 by Viking Juvenile (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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A delightful book that makes me laugh whenever I read it. Everybody should have at least one copy of this book in their home.
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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
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
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...more
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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...more
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
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
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
Sydney Smith
This is a very funny book that takes fairly well known fairy tales and turns them upside-down and ridiculous. The narrator, Jack (from Jack and the Giant Beanstalk), interacts with the reader and some of the characters in the book, creating a very entertaining book. Some of the stories that have been changed include, The Little Red Hen, The Princess and the Pea, The Gingerbread Man (now the Stinky Cheeseman), and The Tortoise and the Hare with clever puns and plays on words. Some stories overlap...more
Samantha Powley
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales was written by Jon Scieska. This children’s books contains a collection of humorous parodies of other famous children’s favorites. Jack from “Jack and the Beanstalk” tells the stories of Little Red Running Shorts, The Stinky Cheese Man, The Princess and the Bowling Ball and many others. Little Red Running Shorts is a parody of “Little Red Riding Hood” but when Jack tells her about the real story, she refuses to even be in it. The Stinky Cheese...more
Danie Plott
The epitome of postmodern picturebooks, “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” is by far one of my favorite picturebooks from my childhood. This hilarious collection of contorted fairytales reaches out to the humor of modern-day children and adults alike. It seems as if the authors took our classic fairytales and threw them in a boiling pot of sarcasm, irony, and ridiculousness to make the weirdest storybook you’ll ever taste.
We open the book to find, quite literally, “The Title...more
Hailey Phay
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 naughty narrator, Jack, makes a mockery of the title page, the table of co...more
Kathryn Herbert
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is a classic post-modern picture book by award winning illustrator Lane Smith and Children’s Literature Ambassador Jon Scieszka. With a hilarious and unique twist on classic fairy tales, this story retells the well-known allegories that many of us know by heart. While the story tries to start off with an elaborated introduction on how the book will work, it is interrupted by the naughty narrator named Jack. Throughout the picture book, popular...more
Jenna Kennedy
The stinky cheese man takes the reader on an unusual adventure through many stupid tales. From the chicken who takes over the narration in the beginning, to the upside down dedication page Jon Scieszka brings new versions of old fairy tales. Chicken Licken is in a pickle with the sky falling. The other frog prince isn’t as the original story was told. Little Red Running Shorts runs and runs away. The really ugly duckling grows up to be a different kind of duck than the usual tale would tell. All...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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