Books That Inspire 2012


 
The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales
Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith


Good literature has the ability to let the mind wander outside its normal boundaries. This facet is so much more important when it comes to children's books. Western culture can hamstring young minds at a very early age with rules and limitations on what is real and acceptable, and what is not. Children have the ability to immerse themselves in fantasy that is often lost in adulthood, and we must encourage this gift wherever possible or chance becoming a group of lemmings. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, takes standard fairy tales and loosens the constraints in both content and style. The stories and characters break all the rules. For lovers of the odd and absurd, this book is a true joy, filled with creative wit and satirical nonsense that are sure to lead to interesting dreams if read before bed, as well as kids and parents who question society's rigidity if read often.


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