Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Review: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other FairlyStupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Synopsis: A postmodern children's book by  Jon Scieszka. Published in 1992 by Viking, it is a collection of twisted, humorous parodies of famous children's stories and fairy tales, such as "Little Red Riding Hood", "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Gingerbread Man". The book has proved to be popular with children and adults, as its lighthearted approach creates interest while educating young readers about some of the features of books (such as title and contents) by poking fun at those conventions. (from the wikipedia page about this book)

Review: As a fairy tale enthusiast, there was no way I could resist picking up this book once I heard about it. It's a quirky montage of words and pictures, often breaking the fourth wall, each story a jumble of humorous realism, ridiculous characters and odd prose. I enjoyed it. I even laughed out loud at one point. The art is not for everyone, being a bit abstract for some tastes. But it fits the overall feel of the book. I would recommend to fairy tale enthusiast and those looking for an odd little read. 

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: Caldecott Honor, 1993

ISBN: 0-670-84487-x
Date Finished: 5-11-2014
Pages: About 50

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