The final post in this series also happens to be a shout-out to my classmate Maureen, who is a huge fan of this book. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is an interesting twist on the fairy tale genre, much along the lines of Shrek. It predates the movie substantially though--The Stinky Cheese Man was first published in 1992.
For those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s hilarious book, The Stinky Cheese Man is narrated by Jack (of Jack and the Beanstalk fame), who tells familiar-yet-untraditional versions of classic stories. These include “Chicken Licken,” “Little Red Running Shorts,” and “The Really Ugly Duckling.” Throughout the book he’s interrupted by Little Red Hen, who complains both about the fact that nobody’s helping her make her bread and that she doesn’t have her own story in the book.
Much like Shrek and its crazy cast of fairy tale misfits, The Stinky Cheese Man‘s references to some of our favourite stories and characters are what made it so relatable to kids and adults alike.
I think it has the potential to find a whole new generation of fans and become a movie of giant proportions. And I think Jack would have to agree.