The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

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9780670063000: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
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Provides madcap versions of children's favorite tales including "Little Red Running Shorts," "The Princess and the Bowling Ball," and "Cinderumpelstiltskin."

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The Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Manand Other Fairly Stupid Tales has not lost one ounce of its wisecracking, cheeky humor in the past decade. In fact, the only thing about this "Deluxe Limited Special Never Before Never Again Extra Stuff 10 Year Anniversary Edition" that's different from the original is the dust jacket--but it's a very special dust jacket, as narrator Jack is quick to point out. Turn it inside out and discover the long-lost story of "The Boy Who Cried Cow Patty" and the numbers that fell off the table of contents. Open the book to be privy to John Scieszka and Lane Smith's irreverent variations on well-known fairy-tale themes, in which the ugly duckling grows up to be an ugly duck, and the princess who kisses the frog wins only a mouthful of amphibian slime. The Stinky Cheese Man deconstructs not only the tradition of the fairy tale but also the entire notion of a book. Our naughty narrator, Jack, makes a mockery of the title page, the table of contents, and even the endpaper by shuffling, scoffing, and generally paying no mind to structure. Characters slide in and out of tales; Cinderella rebuffs Rumpelstiltskin, and the Giant at the top of the beanstalk snacks on the Little Red Hen. There are no lessons to be learned or morals to take to heart--just good, sarcastic fun that smart alecks of all ages will love. (All ages)

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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. He 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 www.jsworldwide.com.

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