The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

I am sharing a book a day for the next 30+ days. Picture books that can be used to teach literary skills to middle or high school students. Just because they are in the older grades doesn’t mean that picture books can’t be a great resource on its own or as a paired passage. Here is #17


The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

Description from Amazon:

The entire book, with its unconventional page arrangement and eclectic, frenetic mix of text and pictures, is a spoof on the art of book design and the art of the fairy tale. The individual tales, such as the Really Ugly Duckling and Little Red Running Shorts,can be extracted for telling aloud, with great success. Another masterpiece from the team that created The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!
-Horn Book





Literary Skills that can be taught with the book Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales?

Vocabulary – Visualizing

Author’s Style
How does this book’s style differ from traditional books?
Why is the Title Page interrupted with a story and the narrator?
Why is the dedication page upside down?
How is the Table of Contents included in one of the stories?
How does the change in font size and color add to the book’s message?

What fell on Chicken Licken’s head? What is missing from the Table of Contents? What is the connection of the two items?

Explain the problem and solution in Jack’s story and in the Giant’s story during the Jack’s Bean Problem story.

Why does Jack the Narrator’s story to the Giant never end? Why does no one want to chase the Stinky Cheese Man? What happened to the Little Red Hen?

Compare and Contrast
Compare and Contrast each of the fairly stupid tales to the real fairy tales.

Discussion Questions
How did these stories differ from the original stories? Which story changed from the original the most?

Writing Activity
The Boy Who Cried “Cow Patty” is on the table of contents page but not in the book. Using Peter Cried Wolf have the students write this fairly stupid tale for the book.

Stinky Cheese Man can be found on Amazon click HERE

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