Read Tuesday Night
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
This is not a good toddler book, I will say that right now. Too much writing, long sentences, and over-their-heads moments, and not enough pictures. It is perfect for older readers, though. The humor is often blunt and sure to get a laugh out of your child. They will easily recognize old classic fairy tales with a new funny, sarcastic twist.
Another point against reading it for younger children: the art. Lane Smith seems to have been inspired by Picasso or possibly Salvador Dali. The characters are draw asymmetrically and often very distorted. The color palate is dark and the pictures are somewhat grainy or “dirty”. I can see they were going for a complete disconnect with the traditional sun-shining-happy-ending-blue-skies fairy tale illustration, and again for older kids, no problem. I could tell Water Boy was somewhat bothered by it, though. While Stillmog was reading, Water Boy kept making his worried noise and giving the pictures strange looks.
I recommend this book for older children who can grasp the parodies and not be bothered by the darker art style.