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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    It is a very funny book for children and contains a modern vocabulary. The writing is decent, and the characters are hilarious. I read it when I was in elementary school and still remembered it ten years later.

    Scieszka's outlandish characters and twisted plots will entertain children. The vocabulary is modern, and the writing is decent. I read the book when I was a child, and I still remembered it ten years later when I started a collection of children's books for my future children.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Fun Twist on classic tales

    A rollicking fun and good read for your elementary or older children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    The Stinky Cheese Man

    Jack from Jack in the beanstalk is telling this story about ¿almost Fariy Tales.¿ It starts with an introduction and a story about Chicken Licken. Chicken Licken is retold imitating Chicken Little. Fairy tales are retold by Jack in his own version of retelling the stories. One of the stories retold is the Really Ugly Duckling. ¿Well as it turned out, he was just a really ugly duckling.¿ Little Red Running shorts is ¿about this girl who runs very fast and always wears red running shorts.¿ She ran so fast that she beat the fox to her grandma¿s house. Other stories are The Princess and the Bowling Ball, The Other Frog Prince, Jack¿s Bean Problem, and Cinderrumpelstiltskin, and The Stinky Cheese Man. A little old woman and a little old man wanted to make a stinky cheese man so that they wouldn¿t be lonely anymore. She opened the oven to find that he stunk very badly. Then he ¿hopped out of the oven and ran out the door calling ¿Run run run as fast as you can. You can¿t catch me. I¿m the Stinky Cheese Man!¿ This story is mimicking The Gingerbread Man. Unlike The Gingerbread Man, no one wants the stinky cheese man because he stinks so badly. Jon Scieszka was born in Flint, Michigan in 1954. He started college intending to be a doctor. He changed his career to become a teacher like his father. After he became a teacher he started writing children¿s books with the illustrator Lane Smith. Together they have won a Caldecott Honor Award for The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales. Scieszka, Jon. The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales. New York: Penguin Books, 1992.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2006

    The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales puts a new spin on some old favorite fairy tales.

    The author refers to these stories as ¿Fairly Tales¿. This book is a collection of ten abbreviated tales including: The Other Frog Prince, The Stinky Cheese Man, Really Ugly Duckling, and Jack's Bean Problem. Each of the stories is narrated by Jack, a character from Jack and the Bean Stalk. This book is very fast paced and the overlapping stories are full of surprises. The While Scieszka omits the traditional morals, he replaces them with humorous antics and surprising plot twists. Despite the changes, it is still easy to recognize the original stories that inspired the Fairly Tales. For instance, in The Stinky Cheese Man, we are introduced to the aromatic counterpart of the gingerbread man. However, when the Stinky Cheese Man runs away, nobody wants to run after him or eat him because he smells so terrible. In the tale of The Other Frog Prince, a frog tricks the princess into giving him a kiss only to reveal in the end that he is was ¿just kidding¿, leaving the dismayed princess wiping off frog slime. Another interesting feature of this book is that the narrator and the characters interact with each other and the reader throughout the book. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is an interesting and innovative book which both children and adults will find humorous and entertaining. The author takes a novel approach in presenting these delightful stories which reinvent some time worn classics. Reading th The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is a pleasant experience that I recommend for others.

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