Monday, June 10, 2013

The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales

The Stinky Cheese Man

Author & Illustrator:   John Scieszka & Lane Smith
Publisher:  Penguin
Publication Year:   1992
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:   Caldecott, NYT Best Illustrated

Summary:  This is a collection of fractured fairy tales that has hilarious, tongue-in-cheek versions of classic stories like "The Really Ugly Duckling," "Cinderumpelstiltskin," and "The Stinky Cheese Man." Lane Smith's unique illustrations include unconventional typography and page arrangement that fascinates both kids and adults alike. Scieszka's naughty narrator throws traditional structure on its head by rearranging the end papers, the table of contents, and even the title page. I adore this book!

Classroom Ideas: I have used this book in my 5th grade classroom when studying versions of fairy tales. It could also be used in a figurative language unit, especially with hyperbole and sarcasm. It would be great for talking about text features and parts of a book.

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