Stinky Cheese Man

Get creative and colorful designing plots of “fairly stupid” fairy tales!

  • 1.

    Enjoy Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s The Stinky Cheese Man as a read-aloud or gather multiple copies for students to read aloud in pairs. Invite children to read and discuss all 10 fractured fairy tales. Provide other fairy tale books for students to explore to compare the tales in The Stinky Cheese Man with classic and other fractured fairy tales.

  • 2.

    Initiate a class discussion about the visual images in the book. What do they notice about the illustrations and the variety of font styles and sizes? Invite children to share which fractured fairy tales were their favorites and how the illustrations and font choices contributed to the stories.

  • 3.

    Introduce the term “plot”. Present a basic plot diagram and use age-appropriate terminology to describe each part of the plot diagram. Work together as a group to quickly diagram one plot line for one fairy tale using Crayola Dry Erase Markers on a white board or Crayola Classic Markers on large chart paper, jotting down notes about what happened in the story at each part.

  • 4.

    Provide white paper and Crayola Ultra-Clean Markers. Use classic colors or provide Crayola Multicultural Markers and/or Crayola Gel Markers for a wider variety of creative color options. Invite children to create a plot diagram of one fractured fairy tale from The Stinky Cheese Man, using words in font styles and sizes similar to Jon Scieska’s and including illustrations in the style of Lane Smith. Younger students might work in partners. Some students may prefer to create their own diagrams using their own illustrative styles.

  • 5.

    Display finished plot diagrams in a gallery and invite students to present their artwork to their classmates by sharing how they chose plot events and the ways they were inspired by the style choices of Scieszka and Lane Smith.

Standards

  • LA: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
  • LA: Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
  • LA: Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).
  • LA: Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
  • LA: Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.
  • VA: Students demonstrate an understanding that creative thinking and artmaking skills transfer to many aspects of life.
  • VA: Students experience, analyze and interpret art and other aspects of the visual world.

Adaptations

  • Explore other books by Jon Scieszka or Lane Smith, such as The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Create your own fractured fairy tales with plots, illustrations and font choices in the style of Scieszka and Smith.
  • Invite children to form groups to act out their favorite fractured fairy tales from The Stinky Cheese Man. Motivate students to document their skits by writing down their ideas in the form of a script. Model format and techniques for script writing at an age-appropriate level. Allow students to exchange scripts to perform them for their creators.
  • Study the characters in the fractured fairy tales in The Stinky Cheese Man. Provide a variety of art materials for students to create puppets of their favorite characters. See Crayola Lesson Plans “Pop Up Puppets” and “Regal and Royal” for inspiration.