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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (original 1992; edition 1992)

by Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator)

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Title:The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Authors:Jon Scieszka
Other authors:Lane Smith (Illustrator)
Info:Viking Juvenile (1992), Edition: 1ST, Hardcover, 56 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Reading, Fairy Tales, Point of View

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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka (1992)

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    keristars: The Stinky Cheese Man and The Templeton Twins are very similar in tone and style - but one is a picture book and the other is a chapter book.

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I enjoyed reading this book. I liked reading this book for two reasons. One reason I liked this book was because of its organization/layout and presentation of the text. It is like no other book children will ever read in school. Because of these elements, the story is very engaging for all readers. For example, the story starts off with some words that are upside down on the page. In other parts of the story, the text is bolded or enlarged or colored. And in other parts the text is slanted and skewed in different ways. This isn’t necessarily appeasing to the eye, but students will enjoy the difference in format, as did I. I also liked this book for the personal touch it created. The story includes a narrator who tells all the fairly stupid tales. He interjects in many of them and makes himself a part of the story. For example, he was telling a story about Jack’s bean problem and instead started talking to the giant and created his own story out of their conversations. Children (and me) will think that this is really fun and engaging because it is not usual for the narrator to chime in at inappropriate times. The main point of this book was to provide a fun and humorous way to get reluctant readers to read as well as teach students about different elements in a story. ( )
  tthomp19 | Oct 18, 2016 |
This book contains silly variations on traditional stories. The narrator in the book is the Stinky Cheese Man. He tells the stories in his own sarcastic view. The book contains the stories of Chicken Licken, The Princess and the Bowling Ball, The Really Ugly Duckling, The Other Frog Prince, Little Red Running Shorts, Jack's Bean Problem, Cinderumpelstitskin, The Tortoise and the Hair, The Stinky Cheese Man, and The Boy Who Cried "Cow Patty".

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This book is super fun to read out loud to children. I thought it was a fun way to tell the same classic stories. My children love reading this book. In fact, when I took it off the bookshelf to reread for this review, they asked to me to read it to them.

Classroom Extension ideas:

1. Ask the students to think of their favorite story, and retell it in their own words and attitude.
2. make a collage about one of the stories from the book.
3. have children turn the book into a play. ( )
  Amahoney1114 | Sep 12, 2016 |
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is a hilarious book filled with crazy versions of popular fairy tales. Students particularly in the upper elementary grades would enjoy this book because it has creative and crazy spins on the fairy tales they have grown up hearing. I highly recommend this book to anyone teaching the upper elementary grades. ( )
  KatieDinsmore | Sep 11, 2016 |
GL: 3.9
DRA: 38
Lexile: 520L
  Infinityand1 | Aug 4, 2016 |
This book has a ton of fun twists on fairy tales that we all already know! I loved the books. It was very funny. I think that this book could be used in a drama class to do some fun role play activities!
  BrittanySchupman | Jul 29, 2016 |
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A long time ago, people used to tell magical stories of wonder and enchantment. Those stories were called Fairy Tales. Those stories are not in this book. The stories in this book are almost Fairy Tales.
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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 naughty narrator, Jack, makes a mockery of the title page, the table of contents, and even the endpaper by shuffling, scoffing, and generally paying no mind to structure. Characters slide in and out of tales; Cinderella rebuffs Rumpelstiltskin, and the Giant at the top of the beanstalk snacks on the Little Red Hen. There are no lessons to be learned or morals to take to heart--just good, sarcastic fun that smart-alecks of all ages will love.

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Madcap revisions of familiar fairy tales.

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