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text 2014-08-15 18:06
A Childhood Favorite

So today my mom was at a garage sale and saw one of my favorite books from my childhood and she actually bought it for me. That pleasantly surprised me because my mom thinks I already have way too many books (although I just sold 18 books to the local Half Price Books, so maybe that is why she decided to buy this one) and I can only remember her actually buying me like two books (fiction, not textbooks) within the last decade.


The book she bought was:


The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith


I remember sitting in my elementary school's library and reading this over and over. I just loved this book. I have so many books from my childhood that I really loved. Some ones that really stick out are: Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Rainbow Fish, The Trumpet of the Swan, Goodnight Moon, The Castle in the Attic, obviously The Harry Potter books, and Where the Red Fern Grows. Basically I could spend all day making a list of books that I loved when I was a kid.


What are some of the books that you loved back when you were a kid?

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review 2013-10-04 06:30
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales - Jon Scieszka,Lane Smith

Genre: Humor / Remake / Fairy Tales / Magic


Year Published: 1992


Year Read: 2004


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, including the 1993 Caldecott Honor Book.


“The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales” is one of the few books that contain so much humor. The humor is sarcastic as it is witty and the humor gives each character in the story a very unique personality that makes the reader want to be like them. Jon Scieszka’s storytelling is probably the book’s major strong point as he fills the book with witty humor such as, the Little Red Hen continuously popping up as an interlude to the other stories and the giant trying to make his own story by sticking together an odd assortment of pictures and words together. Lane Smith’s illustrations are fantastic and humorous, especially of the image of the wolf and Little Red Running Shorts leaving the story as it seems that they were cut out of the image of the house and the woods leaving two white spaces in the image.


“The Stinky Cheese Man” is a pure classic that will make people laugh for many years. Its good sense of humor and creative drawings by the dynamic duo, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith has made this book an international success. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in good humor and creativity from the Scieszka/Smith duo.


Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2013-06-01 00:00
The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales - Jon Scieszka,Lane Smith I cannot put into words how much I love this book. I remember discovering it after The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, but I come back to this book not because of the strength of its stories (let’s face it, they are humorous but little more than worth a few chuckles) but because of how meta the entire book is. Jack the narrator takes the reader on a chaotic uphill climb through what makes up a physical book and highlights the unwritten rules behind the structure of books by breaking





THEM. Whether it’s text on an end page, a falling table of contents that appears after the end of the first story, or a story made up cut out fragments that starts with The End and ends with Once Upon a Time, this book keeps you guessing while pointing out conventions and expectations you didn’t even realize you had.

While this book may have come out a few years ago, in this current time where ebooks are becoming the norm and fewer people consistently by hard copies of books, I believe a book that makes one question and think about what physically makes up a book is perhaps even more relevant. It can also work to show children parts of books they would never think about otherwise and show how and why hard copy books are set up the way they are.

One of the other great parts of this book are the wonderful illustrations made up of a collage picture and pieces of paper pieced together into unique and fascinating pictures.

Also, children will enjoy the fairly stupid quality of these insane retellings of fairy tales. Just make sure they also get a chance to compare these to the originals.

That is really my one problem with the plethora of retellings, rewritings, and insane mash ups of well-known fairytales; I believe that for some children they are not well known and these humorous rewrites are becoming their norm. That rather ruins the point of these and denies the children of traditional stories that are still relevant. They may not be perfect but they still have something to teach us.
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review 2008-10-31 00:00
The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales - Jon Scieszka,Lane Smith I was always a little skeptical of this book, but we finally read it a few months ago and it is just super fun! Kids really enjoy the mixed up fairy tales and the illustrations are fun and engaging. (1993 Caldecott Honor)
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review 1997-01-01 00:00
The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales - Jon Scieszka,Lane Smith As much as I enjoy a fractured fairy tale, these didn't do more than briefly amuse me.
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