Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!

Today's book is really two different books by the same author, Jon Scieszka, but they pair really well together.  In each story, a familiar fairy tale is told, but with a twist on the original version.  In The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, the Wolf's side of the story is finally revealed.  He wasn't big and bad and mean, but instead he was suffering from a cold (which made him sneeze ever so violently), and  he just needed to borrow a cup of sugar to bake a cake for his dear old Granny.  It was all a big misunderstanding!  The book begins with the following words:

Everybody knows the story of The Three Little Pigs.
Or at least they think they do.
But I'll let you in on a little secret.  Nobody knows the real story, because nobody has ever heard my side of the story.
--A. Wolf
The Stinky Cheese Man is a collection of fairy tales told with a silly twist.  For instance, instead of a gingerbread man there's a stinky cheese man who runs away from different people, but no one wants to chase him because he stinks!  Then there's the story of "Little Red Running Shorts" and "The Really Ugly Duckling" who grew up to just be a really ugly duck! 

My kids love the humor and the silly factor that each story brings.  I mean, what six year old doesn't love saying "stinky cheese man"? 

Reading Connection:  Make up your own fractured fairy tale!  Choose a well known story, then tell it from another perspective.  For example, how would Red Riding Hood be told from the perspective of the wolf?  Or Cinderella from the perspective of one of the step-sisters?  Another idea is simply add in some silly humor to a fairy tale.  Like exchaning the stinky cheese for gingerbread!  Have fun with it and be creative!

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