The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

the stinky cheese manAuthor: Jon Scieszka

Illustrator: Lane Smith

My rating: 4 of 5

Take everything you know about fairy tales, turn it on its head, and give it a twist, and you might end up with something rather like this book. Jon Scieszka has taken a collection of well-known, moralizing, and (frankly) rather dry traditional stories and has transformed them into a patchwork of zany, amusing and . . . well, fairly stupid tales. Lane Smith’s off-beat, collage-like illustrations complete this collection perfectly oddly. I know these stories are really written for children–and I think most children will love them–but the appeal of these stories is actually much broader. Check them out . . . both for yourself and for the kids in your life.

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