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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-29 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:067084487X
LANGUAGE: English

" I absolutely adore these books that take classic fairy tales and turn them completely on their head. " said.

" Funny concept. If I wrote children's stories, I'd be tempted to write something like this. I loved hearing Kate's laugh at some of the twists. " said.

" This is a must have for every child's library!Everything about the book is used to perfection- from endpapers, barcode, table of content.Beloved fairy tales are given new irreverent nonsensical twists in this laugh out loud collection. Great for grown ups, too!Absolutely brilliant! " said.

" Re-read for POPSUGAR Challenge: A book you loved as a child. The stories are so funny and the pictures are awesome. I read this countless times as a child. Still the best! ~~~~~Added April 9, 2014 - My brothers bought me this book for Christmas when I was about 10. Such a great, funny twist on familiar fairy tales! " said.

"I also read this book when I was younger and enjoyed the silly take on many of these tales. It contains enough jokes for adults to keep this from being yet another mundane, over-read fairy tale book as well. The illustrations are interesting and I enjoyed them very much. This is an excellent book to read over a span of days with each student getting to pick their own story. It will leave students laughing since they're takes on such popular fairy tales but with outlandish endings. I would highly recommend this book. " said.

"Well, I don't know what I was expecting . . . these were a bunch of stupid tales.

I mean, maybe something with a little more humor or wit? Then again, my mom read one of these little stories and laughed out loud, so it's definitely a hit or miss thing.

To know if you'll enjoy this little book of stories, here's what's basically inside:

"There once was a really ugly duckling. But then he grew up and just became a really ugly duck, The End."

The illustrations were beautifully detailed and painted in a very unique style that reminded me a bit of reading Coraline, which was nice! But I just couldn't enjoy this little book overall. The humor wasn't my thing, sorry!
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"I have to admit, I'm a little surprised this is/was marketed to kids, especially kids like I was who didn't need any help overriding the rules and being utterly sarcastic.

That said, this is such a weird book to return to as an adult. It takes about ten minutes to read, mostly because all of the tales have been boiled down to reality--like, if a duckling is ugly, it will likely grow up to be an ugly duck. The end. When your stories are only about two pages long, it's kind of a short book.

The thing I really appreciate about this book (and that would give it an extra half star, if Goodreads did halvsies) is the way it plays with printing and layout. Margins, fonts, page matching, even the ISBN barcode on the back of the book are fair game for Scieszka, and I love that imaginative interaction with the physicality of the book. The stories are blah, mostly because fairy tales aren't all that interesting when you introduce them to things like reality and practicality. But the layout is great.

Except for the illustrations. The illustrations kind of freak me out, in a Picasso-cubist sort of way.

And I have to say, the interrupting hen is pretty much my favorite part of the book. Who, indeed, will help her plant her wheat? Certainly not that ISBN guy.
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" Laughed through the entire thing. The stories were cleverly done. Fairy tales that have been rewritten with a cynical and comical spin but still appropriate for children. Lots of word play that I didn’t notice until I reread it. When I first opened the book, I did feel overwhelmed as I didn’t know where to start. But that was all intentionally done. Very “meta”! Loved it. " said.

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