The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales: Jon Scieszka

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales 

Author: Jon Scieszka
Illustrator: Lane Smith
Publisher: Viking
Publication Year: 1992
Brief Summary: This tongue-in-cheek treatment of familiar fairy tales challenges what a picture book looks like.  Characters from different stories run amok and interact with one another, and endings are not always the ones we expect.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:
ABC Children’s Booksellers Choices Award, 1993 Winner Picture Books United States
Buckeye Children’s Book Award, 1995 Winner Grades K-2 Ohio
Colorado Children’s Book Award, 1994 Winner Picture Book Colorado
Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award, 1994 Winner Picture Book North Dakota
Georgia Children’s Book Award, 1997 Winner Georgia
M. Jerry Weiss Book Award, 1996 Winner Grades K-3 New Jersey
Maine Student Book Award, 1994 Winner Maine
New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year, 1992 Winner United States
North Carolina Children’s Book Award, 1994 Winner North Carolina
Parents’ Choice Award, 1992 Silver Story Books United States
Parents’ Choice Award, 2003 Best 25 Books in 25 Years United Statesundefined
Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award, 1994 Winner Grades 3-8 Pennsylvania
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1993 Honor Book United States
Rhode Island Children’s Book Award, 1994 Winner Rhode Island
Texas Bluebonnet Award, 1995 Winner Texas

Best Books:

A Few Good Books, 1992 ; Book Links
Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, Tenth Edition, 1993 ; National Council of Teachers of English
Best Children’s Books, 1992 ; New York Times
Booklist Book Review Stars, Sept. 1, 1992 ; American Library Association
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 1992 ; American Library Association
Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 1992 ; Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Choices, 1993 ; International Reading Association
Horn Book Fanfare, 1992 ; Horn Book
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 1992
Lasting Connections, 1992 ; American Library Association
Not Just for Children Anymore!, 1998 ; Children’s Book Council
Not Just for Children Anymore!, 1999 ; Children’s Book Council
Notable Children’s Books, 1993 ; Association for Library Service to Children
School Library Journal Best Books, 1992 ; Cahners
School Library Journal: Best Books for Young Adults, 1992 ; Cahners
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1993 ; American Library Association
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 1997 ; American Library Association
YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 1993 ; American Library Association

State Provisional Reading List: 
Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award, 1994; Nominee
Maine Student Book Award, 1993-1994; Nominee

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Discussion of fairy tales vs. fractured fairy tales.  What does it mean?  How are they similar/different?  How do the author/illustrators achieve this?  (Front matter of book is not as expected…the story starts on the end paper, etc.  Characters from one story appear in other stories, interrupt the narrator, etc.
  • Discuss point of view.  Do you believe the Wolf’s version of the story, for example?
  • Provide a writing prompt that is the beginning of a well-known fairytale.  Have the students write their own fractured versions.  Illustrate.  Share with their classmates.

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Writing
  • Language arts — what is point of view, etc.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Personal Library


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