Book Review of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
The Children’s Book Review
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Written by Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by Lane Smith
Ages 9+ | 56 Pages
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers | ISBN-13: 9780140548969
What to Expect: Fractured Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, and Myths
Hey! Who cut the cheese? It wasn’t me; the Stinky Cheese Man must be close by. “Run, run, run…as fast as you can. You can’t catch me; I’m the stinky cheese man!”
Are you looking for a hilarious and irreverent spin on your favorite childhood fairy tales? Look no further than Jon Scieszka’s acclaimed book, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales! This award-winning book (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a Caldecott Honor book) is sure to leave you in stitches with its silly take on classic stories like Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, The Ugly Duckling, The Gingerbread Man, and The Tortoise and the Hair, all with a wacky and unique twist that you won’t find in any other retelling.
Scieszka’s signature humor is on full display here, with hilarious illustrations by Lane Smith that capture the ridiculousness of these tales in a way that is both clever and absurd. So buckle up and prepare to laugh yourself silly because The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is not to be missed!
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About the Author
Multiple award-winning author Jon Scieszka grew up in Flint, Michigan, the second oldest and the nicest of six boys. Jon went to school at Culver Military Academy in Indiana, where he was a Lieutenant; Albion College in Michigan, where he studied to be a doctor; and Columbia University in New York, where he received an M.F.A. in fiction. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years in a variety of positions.
Jon is the author of many books for children, including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (illustrated by Lane Smith), the Caldecott Honor book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (illustrated by Lane Smith), and Math Curse (illustrated by Lane Smith).
In addition to his work as an author, Jon also runs a web-based literacy program called “Guys Read” that is designed to encourage boys, particularly reluctant readers, to get involved with books. In 2008, Jon was named the country’s first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a joint effort of the Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council. During his two-year role as Ambassador, he acted as a spokesperson for children’s literature, speaking to groups of parents, teachers, and children to encourage the importance of reading.
You can visit Jon online at https://jonscieszka.com.
About the Illustrator
Lane Smith is the author/illustrator of several award-winning books for children. He is the Kate Greenaway medal winner for There Is a Tribe of Kids (2017) and the two-time Caldecott Honor winner for Grandpa Green (2012) and The Stinky Cheese Man (1993). Five of his books have won the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, and several of his books, including It’s a Book; John, Paul George & Ben; and Madam President, have been New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestsellers.
Mr. Smith has illustrated works by Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, George Saunders, Bob Shea, Judith Viorst, Dave Eggers, Jory John, Florence Parry Heide, Jack Prelutsky, and Eve Merriam. Some of his most popular books are with frequent collaborator Jon Scieszka. Mr. Smith lives in Connecticut with his wife, Molly Leach, an award-winning graphic designer.
Visit www.lanesmithbooks.com to learn more.
What to Read Next if You Love The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, by Jon Scieszka
- Math Curse, by Jon Scieszka
- Revolting Rhymes, by Roald Dahl
- Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf, by Judy Sierra
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