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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 26 Aug 1993
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Jon Scieszka introduces some really stupid off-the-wall fairy tales including: "Chicken Licken", "The Princess and the Bowling Ball"; "The Really Ugly Duckling", and "Jack's Bean Problem". Chosen by children as the Book of the Year for the Federation of Children's Book Groups, this book was described by "She magazine" as, 'The most delightful collection of stories a young cynic could hope to read'.
About the Author
Jon Scieszka began to train as a doctor but left to take a course in fiction writing at Columbia University and to become a teacher. He lives in Brooklyn and spends his time writing and talking about books.Lane Smith, an acclaimed author/illustrator, has achieved major success in his collaborations with Jon Scieszka. He also provided the original concept and illustrations for the hit film James and the Giant Peach. He lives in New York.
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On the negative side, some of the language or assumptions are Americanized, but this doesn't detract from the book too much.
One tip - explain to your child what a Table of Contents is before you start reading it.
(Can also use this book as an introduction into philosophy; why do many people presume the wolf is always the bad guy - an introduction into what is truth? and subjectivity and objectivity).
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Great alternative stories to the traditional tales.Read more