Melissa Long's Reviews > The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales

The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka
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Mar 05, 2012

really liked it

This book is so random and hilariously unique that it proved to be very difficult to analyze. Some things that were consistent, however, were that the endpages were decorated to look like smell waves indicating a foul smell. Also, the colors used within this story were very dark, which gave the book an ominous mood throughout. But, there were many things that were not consistent throughout the story which added to the random humor that made this book so great. For example, the placement of the text in relation to the illustrations varied on each page. For instance, one page will be set up fairly normally with the text on one half of the page, and the illustrations on the other. However, with a turn of the page,the text may all of a sudden be streaming across several pages and down the side like the letters are falling or sliding off the page. Also, the size and font of the text often chances without warning from page to page. For example, on one page the font gets smaller and smaller until it is unreadable and on another the font is bold and red. Lastly, as the story is laid out with the purpose of chaos and the falling apart of the "traditional story", sometimes the reader will all of a sudden come across a blank page in the middle of the book. In short, this story does not fit any mold of the typical picturebook, which leaves the reader anxious to read more.

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