The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! â€“ Children’s Books that Offer Glimpses into Postmodernism
Postmodernism suggests a decentralizing of the author and a complete disconnect from anything that can be considered as ‘truthful’ or ‘unified’. It is a combination of metafictionality and discontinuity. It is also a school of thought which focuses on parody and pastiche. Hence, postmodernism becomes an idea that only a few can stand to digest. Postmodernism has had an effect every aspect of literature including Children’s Literature as well. But what happens, when these aspects are brought into the field of children’s ‘picture books’? It leads to a re-visioning and a re-writing as seen in Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! Both are children’s picture books that challenge established conventions of the fairy-tale genre as well as question the entire concept of meaning and truth. This paper will try to analyze the various postmodernist features that these books apply as well as try to deliberate on the result that occurs due to the application of such concepts. One of the main advantages of a Postmodern approach is that any book can lend itself to multiple interpretations and hence lead to fractured meaning. The same applies to these two picture books and hence, they seem to evolve from the brackets of Children’s Fiction to something more adult but at the same time retain its entertainment value for children.
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