Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Stinky Cheese Man...

On a family excursion to Burgatory last night (if you have one of these restaurants near you, go. Go now. Seriously), we had an hour to kill while we waited for a table, which, for this family (at least for three of us anyway), meant a trip to the nearby Half-Price Books. $25.00 later, we walked out with Jon Scieszka's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and another book of his about the Frog Prince, Poems for Girls, two Junie B. Jones books, and a book on the history of farting (OK, we really didn't buy that one, but it was for sale, which produced an onslaught of giggles from my eight-year-old). Since we returned home last night at 8:00, The Stinky Cheese Man has been read four times.

My husband, I shall call him The Dude, says that almost every book he reads turns out this way: it starts out with words and turns into "blah, blah, blah." This shows you what I must deal with on a daily basis. 
My eight-year-old seriously loves this book, and I can see why. The images are enticingly odd; the off-color humor is off-color enough to make kids think they might be doing something wrong by reading its tales, which in my opinion enhances the adventure of it. Tales include "Chicken Licken," "The Really Ugly Duckling," "The Tortoise and the Hair," "Cinderumpelstiltskin," "Little Red Running Shorts," "Jack's Bean Problem," and a few more distortions of old tales along the way (these tales are the literary equivalent of taking a marker and drawing all over the faces of one's fussy ancestors in the old family portrait in the hallway).

Consider this page, which describes the fate of the Ugly Duckling:

So cruel, but so very hilarious. 
Or this one, from "The Princess and the Bowling Ball":

If you ask me, Lane Smith (the illustrator)
was going for a "Sun, Moon, and Talia" look here for the Princess. Necrophilic chic. 
If you don't have this book, and you have kids between the ages of 5-10, you must get it. You'll laugh at it yourself. Which represents the majority of the fun;). ~Alice
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