Sunday, July 13, 2008

stinky cheeziness

For my birthday one year a friend bestowed on me the book "The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales" by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. I've always thought this book was pretty awesome... but it becomes even more awesome when your own child catches it's magic and you suddenly experience it through their eyes. Dylan is obsessed with this book, in particular the Stinky Cheese Man story itself. I read that story approximately 40-50 times a week... it's gotten to where he's got parts of it memorized and we do the voices of the characters together.
He loves the pictures in that book so much that he started begging me to make him a stinky cheese man... so I surprised him with this piece of cheesy goodness. I opted for corduroy & suede fabrics instead of real stinky cheese. It should last a lot longer that way. Anyway, here he is...
"WOW! My own Stinky Cheese Man!!!" was his response. Followed by "I Love You, Stinky Cheese Man"
I was pretty happy with how he turned out. I got enough fabric to keep on tap in case Bodie ever yearns for a stinky cheese man of his own.

And speaking of Bodie, the little man turned one last week... so we threw together a small shindig this weekend to celebrate. Here he is opening gifts. He tuckered out after this and had to nap for a few hours.
But the rest of the crew stayed and played. Here's Dylan weighing down the teeter totter...

A group shot of all the guys together.
Right now I'm working on a piece for a "Superhero" show that's being put together for the Comicon by Mark Murphy. Post pics on that one soon!

5 comments:

the chung said...

OH MAN!! YOU'RE THE BEST MOM EVER!!!!!!!!!! MY MOM NEVER MADE ME ANYTHING AS COOL AS THAT!

i used to love that book when i was a kid too! one of my first glimpses into how someone could make art so beautifully odd and make a career out of it.

shaunna said...

Thanks Chung! Yeah, I actually sent Lane Smith an email with a couple of those pictures in it... just to tell him how much we love the stinky cheese man and his artwork...
He was pretty excited about our homage to Stinky (or Fromage, if you will...hahhahhahha...heh...hmmm) and was going to forward the email on to Scieszka.

colin johnson said...

Hey Shaunna, awesome job on the Stinky Cheeseman toy!! Kicks ass! And how old is Mr. Chung? That book came out in the early 90's. He must be pretty young to have read it when he was a kid. I was in college at the time myself. Anyhoo, I was gonna say that you should send a pick of the doll to Lane Smith but you beat me to the punch. Good work!!

the chung said...

Colin, it was about a year ago. i'm 26 or 27 now.

shaunna said...

That's what I love about the Chung. He's eternally youthful... and an all around awesome Asian to boot.