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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. 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.


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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. 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.

30 review for The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 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 Book Review 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 that stand alongside. Not for the faint of heart, especially if you don't want to see some of your favorite characters pushed and pulled a little! It's one of those books where you just need to relax and enjoy it -- don't get caught up in the craziness of what the author's done or said. Think of it as a way to compare old and new... and when the kids are old enough, it might be a tool to help them learn to love analyzing literature and comparing two things that are similar but very different. Take a chance! You know you wanna... About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Manny

    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. The rest of this review is available elsewhere (the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons) 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. The rest of this review is available elsewhere (the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    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 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 to make a through link.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    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!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Manybooks

    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 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 interesting and entertaining to and for me, there generally is an abrupt and rushed ending inserted by the author, and another, similarly choppy and equally annoyingly uneven tale commences (which sure does lead to potential distraction and for me, as well as massive tedium and frustration, and indeed so much so that I only very briefly and cursively skimmed the last three stories, and with scant regret). And while I am, in fact, still able to find a very select few of the ten or so adapted narratives of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales potentially funny and entertaining enough (as I will admit to chuckling a bit and with appreciation at the tale of the princess and the bowling ball and the story of the princess being tricked, being scammed by a non enchanted frog prince) even this truth, this factoid is simply NOT enough for me to rate The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales with more than one star, well, actually with one and a half stars, if half stars were possible (as personally, the choppy and frustratingly uneven endings combined with the fact that I also rather majorly detest the accompanying illustrations, which while expressive and artistically competent, I just seem to find creepy and most aesthetically unpleasing, their Caldecott Honour designation for illustrator Lane Smith quite notwithstanding, all of this really does make me rather majorly dislike The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and indeed in every way).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I learned that the Stinky Cheese Man is the shit. Period.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    A delightful book that makes me laugh whenever I read it. Everybody should have at least one copy of this book in their home.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Howard

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    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! 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!

  11. 4 out of 5

    dianne

    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 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 liked that) so he slips in a bowling ball. That, a real person might feel. A much improved story. But my favorite of all these delicious tales is the title tale - a revision of (i guess?) the Gingerbread Man. "Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the --- man". Except no one wants to chase the Stinky Cheese man, much the opposite, making his taunts hilarious. And the accompanying art is just as educationally realist dada. i loved it. i just wish i had a short, young reason to rationalize not giving it away...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ronyell

    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, 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

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    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 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 can read whatever I want, without embarrassment, so I checked out a copy at my local library. I have read books illustrated and written by Lane Smith, so artistically and structurally, I knew I was in for a treat. The nonsensical nature of the stories, along with the clever art direction has made this book a "new" classic for me! I laughed aloud, admired the pictures and just generally appreciated that their are such talented, clever and silly authors creating books for kids!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ellie L

    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 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 way.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    this book is awesome. WHO WILL I GET TO PLANT THE WHEAT!? WHO IS THIS ISBN GUY?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Quí Hiển

    Guys, this is the most dead serious book I've ever read, much recommended for sassy postmodernist children. Guys, this is the most dead serious book I've ever read, much recommended for sassy postmodernist children.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

    At first this was funny, after that I'm not really sure what was going on. At first this was funny, after that I'm not really sure what was going on.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    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 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 naughty narrator, Jack, makes a mockery of the title page, the table of contents, and even the end paper 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." Hilarious book because they take a familiar fairy tale and put a few new twists, which the kids love. The illustrations are so whimsical. I would recommend this book for any fairy tale unit, or read aloud book, for children in first grade and up.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    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 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 unique way. In summary, if you haven't read this book before and are going to, prepare to have tears of laughter rolling down your face as you hopefully enjoy it as much as I did.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nannah

    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 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 very unique style that reminded me a bit of reading Coraline, which was nice! But I just couldn't enjoy this little book overall. The humor wasn't my thing, sorry!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    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." 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."

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Jamieson

    A brilliantly hilarious book retelling classic tales! Had me in stitches on every page!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mya

    What a beautiful remake to classic tales? I would certainly re-read again.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    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 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 thing I really appreciate about this book (and that would give it an extra half star, if Goodreads did halvsies) is the way it plays with printing and layout. Margins, fonts, page matching, even the ISBN barcode on the back of the book are fair game for Scieszka, and I love that imaginative interaction with the physicality of the book. The stories are blah, mostly because fairy tales aren't all that interesting when you introduce them to things like reality and practicality. But the layout is great. Except for the illustrations. The illustrations kind of freak me out, in a Picasso-cubist sort of way. And I have to say, the interrupting hen is pretty much my favorite part of the book. Who, indeed, will help her plant her wheat? Certainly not that ISBN guy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    L11_Ryanne Szydlik

    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 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 Tales. This book also takes a child who understands text structure in order to properly follow the story. The story bounces back and forth and in between several stories at once. Spoiler Alert! "Once upon a time there was a mother duck and a father duck who had seven baby ducklings. Six of them were regular-looking ducklings. The seventh was a really ugly duckling." and so it goes on until... "Well, as it turned out, he was just a really ugly duckling. And he grew up to be just a really ugly duck."

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Michelle Kwait Picture Book (SPOILER ALERT) Summary: 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 Michelle Kwait Picture Book (SPOILER ALERT) Summary: 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 the sky, but the table of contents falling down, and The Really Ugly Duckling grows up to just be a really ugly duck. Critique: This book was hilarious, and somewhat whimsical-- the characters themselves were done in a post-modern style, with a gritty, dark edge to them. The author and illustrator collaborate to make a silly, playful presentation of the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    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 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 recommend this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elyse

    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!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maaryah

    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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brynn

    I wasn't cool enough the first time I read this book (at the tender age of ten) to appreciate how meta it is. The illustrations are just shy of being full-on creepy and the stories suggest that morals are often lacking. I love returning to childhood favorites and discovering new ways of experiencing them. I wasn't cool enough the first time I read this book (at the tender age of ten) to appreciate how meta it is. The illustrations are just shy of being full-on creepy and the stories suggest that morals are often lacking. I love returning to childhood favorites and discovering new ways of experiencing them.

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