The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka is a witty collection of "fairly stupid tales" narrated by a little man by the name of Jack. Jack will play a part throughout the book, and his ending is quite hilarious. There are 10 complete stories that leave the reader laughing at the end of each one. The size of text and page usage changes with each story, and this factor only adds to the books funny moments. One story, called Chicken Licken shares a resemblance to the movie and story Chicken Little. The short tales end abruptly, but this is half the fun of the book. The tales end with The Stinky Cheese Man, the highlight of the book. This story is the longest in the tales, and leaves the reader making up more stories for the Stinky Cheese Man. [image error]
This collection of odd, and sometimes fairly stupid, amazing tales are entertaining at every page turn. When one tale is finished another must be read because they immediately capture your attention and you want to see how it ends. While I had only read the Stinky Cheese Man when I was younger, the accompanying stories each bring their own delight. This would be a great class read because the stories could be spread over 10 days, reading a new story each day. The students could discuss each one and if there are any similarities between the stories. The illustrations in the book are quite amazing. The details only enhance the story and bring the characters in the story or a scene to a new depth. The color usage is dark in each illustration, but it allows each picture to be unique. The dust jacket tells its own story, with Jack the narrarator introducing the book. Jack forgets to put in the Table of Contents, and when he does remember it comes crashing down during the reading of Chicken Licken. This post-modern book will bring a new reading experience to its readers and leave them reading this book over and over again to figure out the author's intentions. The images are full-bleeds and the text changes with each page turn. At one point the text goes from being huge to getting smaller to the point that it beoomes impossible to read. This book is by far one of my favorite post-modern picturebooks. This is truly a book worth sharing with others.