So just what happens to a frog, who gets turned back into a prince after years eating fles in the swamp? Would there be maybe a litttle bit of culture shock? Would he start to miss the outdoors? The wonderful swamp food? Would everything really go happily ever after? Jon Scieszka takes a hilarious look at this perplexing problem as he picks up the story where the others left off. This picture book has the answers, and some of them might suprise you.
In the tradition of "The Stinky Cheese Man," Scieska continues his assult on traditional folk and fairy tales. This time the targets are Aesop's fables, which, he explains, were simply told by taking stupid people Aesop knew, and changing thier name to fox or lion. Once agiain perfectly illustrated by Lane Smith, the duo pokes fun at the lazy and the bossy, the boring and the braggart. It could even be considered educational, if learning how NOT to be stupid is educational. Maybe it's a flimsy excuse, but you guys should try it on your parents anyway. If not, just let them see the cover, where it says "Fresh Morals, Beastly Fables" and they'll think it's some mindless moral book. Just don't let them hear you laugh too loud, And sklink off quickly or they'll wonder why a boy your age still likes picture books. But trust me, it's worth it.
"Run Run," said the Stinky Cheese Man, "as fast as you can. You can't catch me. I'm the Stinky Cheese Man."
Believe it or not, no one tries to catch him.
Such is the spirit of the greatest children's picture book ever written. Irreverently poking fun at the traditional fairy tales, this book includes such recently-declared-by-me-to-be classics as "Cinderumplestilskin" and "The Really Ugly Duckling." I don't care what age you are, you'll love this story. Classes of second graders roar at this book, and I, old and moldy as I am, still think it's hilarious.