Storybook: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka | The star of the book is Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk, who tells the stories and deals with the rest of the cast. There's a very annoying Little Red Hen comes in to complain about no one helping her make her bread (or do anything.) Chicken Licken believes that the sky is falling, and demands that someone calls the President. Jack introduces Little Red Running Shorts, a counterpart of Little Red Riding Hood, by blurting out the entire story — including the ending — so she refuses to be in it. The Stinky Cheese Man, a counterpart of The Gingerbread Man, is afraid to be near anyone because he thinks they will eat him... though they are really trying to get away from his horrid smell.
Also in the book are "The Princess and the Bowling Ball", "The Other Frog Prince", "The Really Ugly Duckling", "Cinderumplestiltskin" and "The Tortoise and the Hair". In the first, a retelling of The Princess and the Pea, the Prince finally finds a girl he really loves. Sick of his parents rejecting potential wives when they don't feel a pea under one hundred mattresses, he slips his bowling ball under her mattresses when his parents have her over. In "The Other Frog Prince", the princess kisses the frog: he says "I was just kidding," and hops back in the lake. "The Really Ugly Duckling" (a parody of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling), grows up to be a Really Ugly Duck, rather than a swan. "Cinderumplestiltskin" combines Cinderella and Rumplestiltskin. In "The Tortoise and the Hair", a re-telling of The Tortoise and the Hare, the Hare says he can grow his hair (one on the top of his head) faster than the Tortoise can run. So they race, and race, and race; this story has no ending, the last words of it being "not the end".
The foreword includes a parody of Goldilocks and the Three Bears as an example of a "Fairly Stupid Tale". Also, the table of contents includes the title, "The Boy Who Cried Cow Patty," a story nowhere in the book. The latter story was printed on the back of the dust jacket for the book's tenth anniversary edition (whereas the original edition had the Little Red Hen complaining about buying this book while asking who "this ISBN guy" is and complaining that she's only in three of the pages as a book gag).
Malojo: Comics, cartoons and old monster’s movie posters are my first loves; but I’m also fascinated by classic painters like Bosch, Bruegel or Caravage, they are as important for me as Tex Avery, Walt Disney and Chuck Jones: I love the humor ,sometimes crual, of those cartoons characters as I love the horrible scenes of religious painting. It became on my own painting funny monsters with tortured flesh, cute puppies with bad intentions .
Malojo born in Bayonne, lives and work in Toulouse (France).
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