Monday, April 28, 2008

The Stinky Cheeseman

We all remember them. The stories of childhood. The Gingerbread Man, Chicken Little, The Ugly Duckling and others. Today, though, I'm mentioning a book that is one of my favorites. Written by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, it's called, "The Stinky Cheeseman And Other Fairly Stupid Tales." It came out in 1992.

I guess my humor is a bit abstract. I like ideas that poke fun of the natural order of things. This book mentioned takes a very abstract view of some of the most popular stories. Instead of the Gingerbread man we have, The Stinky Cheeseman. He smells so bad that the old man and lady don't want to have anything to do with him. In another story, the Ugly Duckling, well, remains ugly. Plus, there's Jack's Bean Problem and many others.

Remember Gary Larson's "The Far Side?" I really like those books too. My humor has always been on the far side, so to speak. I find humor in some of the strangest places. For example, whenever I hear a lawyer say, "pass the witness", I see this witness being hurled through the air in the courtroom. Go figure. If you have a chance, pick this book up at the library. You can read it in one sitting. I guess that life's stresses can be much at times, and a little levity goes a long way. Below is a clip of Peter Strauss narrating part of this book. Have a good week!



  1. This looks like such an awesome book! Your sense of humor has to be great to like a book with such a great title!

    TTYS - Sniz

    PS, Did Rog tell you about going to a Red's game for work?

  2. Sniz,

    My sense of humor is a bit off center! Yes, Rog did tell me about the Reds game. Lucky guy!

    Be well,


  3. This book is a classic. It speaks highly of your sense of humor. I need to pick up a copy sometime because I think my kids would get a kick out of it. They have all inherited my warped sense of humor.

    Hey, how about those Reds? Three in a row? My poker buddies watched the game last night while we were playing cards. It was actually EXCITING and we were able to close out a game.

  4. Roger,

    Yes, the book is a classic. Plus, the Reds are looking a bit better. That's good news!