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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

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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. ...more
Hardcover, 52 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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4 out of 5 stars to The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, a re-appropriation of classic fairy tales, published in 1992 by Jon Scieszka. What a hilarious book! Sometimes the classics need a little refresher, and when you add a dose if stupid and fun humor, how can you go wrong? The author and the artist have created a superb work for modern times, where children can easily do a read and compare between the versions of centuries ago and the modern re-telling t
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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Amusing and yes, these are stupid tales. They are silly and not what you expect. The winners and losers change places. I do like Chickin Lickin'. Cute name. Maybe, back in 1992, this was more surprising than it is now, I can't remember. It's interesting.

My nephew had me read it and he enjoyed the book and laughed when he was supposed to. The Stinky Cheese man was his favorite. He knew that it was like the Gingerbread man. He had fun.

I did like how the narrator broke into several of the stories
Candace Robinson
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ahhh yes, this book makes me want to eat a big pile of stinky cheese shaped like a strange little man. This book had the perfect amount of fair tale weirdness that I needed as a child, and that strangeness is still amazing today!!
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I grew up with book and always loved it and today I got to read it to my nephew, just like I did with his older brother and sisters.
Now I guess I can to a certain extent appreciate the parodistic intent of Jon Scieszka's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. However and that having all been said, Scieszka's retold narratives do not really work at all well for me as satires (as parodies), and primarily due to the fact there are simply far far too many tales presented. For honestly, as soon as the plot lines of the given stories of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales seem to become somewhat inter ...more
Mar 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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.
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars for The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (audiobook) by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith read by Mike Ferreri. The title of the book is spot on. It’s really short and kind of funny.
Oct 08, 2016 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 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 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
Ellie L
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully wacky selection of tales. Scieszka so effortlessly twists the traditional to the strange and unconventional, sprinkled with just the right amount of humour for good measure. The narrative defies all kind of order and would be a superb postmodern picturebook to use within KS1 and LKS2. From characters taking control, overwhelming the rather intrusive narrator and popping up in stories where they do not belong, all structure is lost and the book becomes carnage in the best kind of wa ...more
Mar 02, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Quí Hiển
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Guys, this is the most dead serious book I've ever read, much recommended for sassy postmodernist children. ...more
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
My kids loved this book and I loved reading it to them. The twisted take on well known fairy tales really appealed to my own little piggies and got them thinking up their own goofy fairy land remakes.
May 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
At first this was funny, after that I'm not really sure what was going on. ...more
Oct 07, 2008 rated it liked it
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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
Mar 13, 2013 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
Well, I don't know what I was expecting . . . these were a bunch of stupid tales.

I mean, maybe something with a little more humor or wit? Then again, my mom read one of these little stories and laughed out loud, so it's definitely a hit or miss thing.

To know if you'll enjoy this little book of stories, here's what's basically inside:

"There once was a really ugly duckling. But then he grew up and just became a really ugly duck, The End."

The illustrations were beautifully detailed and painted in a
May 31, 2016 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."
Elizabeth Jamieson
A brilliantly hilarious book retelling classic tales! Had me in stitches on every page!
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful remake to classic tales? I would certainly re-read again.
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I'm a little surprised this is/was marketed to kids, especially kids like I was who didn't need any help overriding the rules and being utterly sarcastic.

That said, this is such a weird book to return to as an adult. It takes about ten minutes to read, mostly because all of the tales have been boiled down to reality--like, if a duckling is ugly, it will likely grow up to be an ugly duck. The end. When your stories are only about two pages long, it's kind of a short book.

The thin
L11_Ryanne Szydlik
Feb 09, 2011 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
Oct 16, 2016 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
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!
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Laughed through the entire thing. The stories were cleverly done. Fairy tales that have been rewritten with a cynical and comical spin but still appropriate for children. Lots of word play that I didn’t notice until I reread it. When I first opened the book, I did feel overwhelmed as I didn’t know where to start. But that was all intentionally done. Very “meta”! Loved it.
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