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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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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is a parody of children's fairy tales and turns them into humorous stories that slightly older kids will find joy in after being told the common fairy tales growing up. I remember that when I was in 3rd grade, I read this book over and over because of the comedy and different approach to these stories. ( )
  GaryJohnson5 | Apr 16, 2017 |
The stinky cheese man and the other fairly stupid tales in the book take on a humorous rendition of the classic fairy tales I grew up with. The book takes readers along a journey of the popular classical fair tales such as the gingerbread man, the ugly duckling, and others but puts an odd twists in each of the tales that are all interlinked with each other. Scieszka's humor is very contagious and uses the narrator of the story to make sense of all the parts of the book. The illustrations are quirky, weird, and adds to the humorous tone of the book. The characters are also overly personified. The narrator, for example, appears in most of the stories to interrupt the nonsensical story plots. His voice can be imagined by readers that helps keep the crazy stories together. Furthermore, the overly personified chicken at the end of the book complains about the ISBN code at the end of the book which brings the characters to life. It actually feels like the characters are real. The illustrations; however, say otherwise. The illustrations are so unrealistic, such as the cheese with a body and really ugly duck, that there seems to be a constant cognitive dissonance that somehow has me wanting for more. ( )
  sryoo1 | Apr 11, 2017 |
This book is funny, creative, and unique. I would recommend this book to all families and teachers. For teachers, this is a great book, because the book references many traditional stories that the students are familiar with. Jon Scieszka, the writer of this book, is known for making satires from traditional tales. In this book, Scieszka uses The Ugly Duckling, Little Red Riding Hood, and others to make funny satires. Some reasons this book is unique is that there are details on the pages that engages the reader. For example the page where the book says who it is dedicated too, the reader notices the page is upside down, and at the corner of the page is a little man and he is saying, "I know. I know. The page is upside down. I meant to do that. Who ever looks at that dedication stuff anyhow?" This part of the book was very creative and most children in a read aloud would laugh when this part of the book is read. Not only is this funny, but Scieszcka makes the reader curious to now see the dedication page. My favorite story was, The Really Ugly Duckling. The reason this was my favorite, because I knew the original story. In this version of the story the book ended, "And he grew up to be just a really ugly duck. The End." In the other story, the ugly duckling, the book ended that the ugly duckling turned into a beautiful swan. I recommend this book to people of all ages, because I know everyone will laugh, and appreciate the creativity. ( )
  aedwar14 | Mar 16, 2017 |
Genre: Folklore
Age: Intermediate
Review/Critique: This book tells classic fairy tales with a little bit of a twist. Its folklore because these are stories that have been told for centuries with no known author. ( )
  jessminson | Feb 27, 2017 |
Genre: Folklore
Age: Older Primary
This book has many different tales of fairy tales. But none of them are exactly like we heard from our past. This is a spoof off of the tales we heard as we grew up.
This is considered folklore because none of it is true and we do not know who the author of the originals tales are. Even though this version has authors, we need to know the original folktale inorder to understand it, so it is considered folklore.
1) It is a heavy read book but funny and interactive!
2) This book would be aimed especially for males who do not like reading because it is boring. This book is funny and can get a lot of people laughing!
Ill. Media: Oil and Vinegar ( )
  Josh17 | Feb 16, 2017 |
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This book is dedicated to our close, personal, special friend: (your name here)
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"I have found a kernel of wheat," said the Little Red Hen.
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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 067084487X, Hardcover)

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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