The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is a postmodern children's book written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith . Published in 1992 by Viking , it is a collection of twisted, humorous parodies of famous children's stories and fairy tales , such as " Little Red Riding Hood ", " The Ugly Duckling " and " The Gingerbread Man ". Illustrated in a unique style by Lane Smith , the book won the New York Times Best Illustrated Book award, was a Caldecott Honor book, and has won numerous other awards in various countries.

The book has proved to be popular with children and adults, as its lighthearted approach creates interest while educating young readers about some of the features of books (such as title and contents) by poking fun at those conventions.

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).

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is a postmodern children's book written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith . Published in 1992 by Viking , it is a collection of twisted, humorous parodies of famous children's stories and fairy tales , such as " Little Red Riding Hood ", " The Ugly Duckling " and " The Gingerbread Man ". Illustrated in a unique style by Lane Smith , the book won the New York Times Best Illustrated Book award, was a Caldecott Honor book, and has won numerous other awards in various countries.

The book has proved to be popular with children and adults, as its lighthearted approach creates interest while educating young readers about some of the features of books (such as title and contents) by poking fun at those conventions.

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).

With Christmas Eve just three days away, today we present the third and final set of three short articles in our Odd Tales series.

Lucky – if that’s the right word. Scottish joiner, Tarek Naggar and Australia journalist, Adam Harvey, have never met. They would also seem to have little in common. They come from different parts of the world; they make their living in very different ways. Both visitors to the Philippines this year, however, they share an experience they’re likely to remember for the rest of their lives – an experience, in fact, that could have cut those lives short.

The joiner and the journalist had also gone to the Philippines for very different reasons – one personal, the other professional. Tarek had made the trip there to marry his fiancée, Angie Bacaron, in Cebu in the Central Visayas; Adam, Southeast Asia correspondent for Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), was there to cover the battle then raging between government forces and Islamic jihadists in the city of Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao. But what happened to these two men during their short stay in the Philippines left them related by fate.

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