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The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales [Hardcover]

Jon Scieszka , Lane Smith
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Sept. 1 1992 Caldecott Honor Book
The entire book, with its unconventional page arrangement and eclectic, frenetic mix of text and picures, is a spoof on the art of book design and the art of the fairy tale. The individual tales, such as he Really Ugly Ducklingand ittle Red Running Shorts,can be extracted for telling aloud, with great success. Another masterpiece from the team that created The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!
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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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Grade-school irreverence abounds in this compendium of (extremely brief) fractured fairy tales, which might well be subtitled "All Things Gross and Giddy." With a relentless application of the sarcasm that tickled readers of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs , Scieszka and Smith skewer a host of juvenile favorites: Little Red Running Shorts beats the wolf to grandmother's house; the Really Ugly Duckling matures into a Really Ugly Duck; Cinderumpelstiltskin is "a girl who really blew it." Text and art work together for maximum comic impact--varying styles and sizes of type add to the illustrations' chaos, as when Chicken Licken discovers that the Table of Contents, and not the sky, is falling. Smith's art, in fact, expands upon his previous waggery to include increased interplay between characters, and even more of his intricate detail work. The collaborators' hijinks are evident in every aspect of the book, from endpapers to copyright notice. However, the zaniness and deadpan delivery that have distinguished their previous work may strike some as overdone here. This book's tone is often frenzied; its rather specialized humor, delivered with the rapid-fire pacing of a string of one-liners, at times seems almost mean-spirited. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Get it! April 16 2014
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If you had this as a kid, you know you need it now. If you've never read it, its a good twist on some classic tales, and an interesting perspective for children and parent conversation at bed time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomely funny! Dec 17 2013
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Very entertaining for all the family. Finally a book that doesn't tire you out...great variety and absolutely silly fun. Get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Enjoyble for Adults and Kids Aug. 6 2013
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Great for kids and adults. I loved this book as a kid! I tried to repurchase it now (from the Book Depository) to Canada. The item did not arrive and I chose not to have another sent because I had already waited about a month for it to arrive. Despite this, I have had other pleasant transactions for other books with this seller in the past.
The book itself is fantastic; I don't have kids, but I can easily tell parents that it is a book you won't mind reading to/with your kids because of how entertaining and witty it is.
I would also suggest pretty much any other book by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for children May 27 2013
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Strongly recommend this book. I got it for my neice and nephew and they read it over and over again. Hilarious twist on classic childrens tales. Pictures are funny and storys have great flow. My brother wrote a paper on one of the stories for his childrens literature class in university and got great feed back from his professor. Recommend for children between 6-10 years of age. No real draw backs to think of. If you like this then also read the True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book purchase March 30 2013
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I purchased a book, sold as "used", and it was received in great shape. It was also shipped quite fast.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected from the reviews Feb. 24 2013
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The stories are mixed up throughout the book, with the exception of "The Stinky Cheese Man". The title really does describe the other stories in the book "Fairly Stupid". The only story I may use in my classroom, which is very short, is "The Stinky Chees Man."
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mom says "Why would you get me such crap?" June 1 2012
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Bought it impulsively, based on a Tumblr post praising it, For my Mom. She said "Why would you get me such crap?" Mom is a passive type that never usually complains, lol. Matter of opinion possibly?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Run run as fast as you can... April 23 2004
Making use of every bookflap, endpaper, table of contents, flyleaf, and ISBN box, Jon Scieszka (go on...pronounce it) and Lane Smith teamed up to bring us the picture book that gives kids a lot more credit than most. Many adults will sit their little ones down with the same boring fairy tales with the same boring fairy tale lessons. Kids like fairy tales, no question, but kids also love the subversive. So if you hand them a book like, "The Stinky Cheese Man", that undermines everything fairy tales stand for, the children will fall on their knees in praise.
The book is a madcap collection of dismembered tales and stories. Didn't much care for the ending of the original "Ugly Duckling"? Well here's your chance to see the real (and realistic) finale to the tale. Think "Little Red Riding Hood" could be pepped up a bit by calling it, "Little Red Running Shorts"? Go wild. Scieszka is one of those rare authors that know exactly how to get little kids in stitches without resorting to the usual scatological humor and innuendo. This book is one wild ride. Characters frequently break through the fourth wall to confront the reader directly. There's a mixing and melding to the book, sometimes ending with the untimely demise of boring or annoying characters. I think it is safe to say that prior to reading this story, I had never had the pleasure of watching Foxy Loxy get pummeled by a book's Table of Contents. So thank you, Mr. Scieszka.
But thanking Scieszka without tipping one's hat to Lane Smith is like feeding bananas to buffalos. It just doesn't make sense. Smith is every bit up to the task of matching Scieszka feather to feather and foul to foul on this intrepid fairy tale adventure.
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