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Skippyjon Jones (Skippyjon Jones)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  16,888 ratings  ·  872 reviews
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-This is a wildly wonderful book about a hyperactive kitten, Skippyjon Jones, whose head and ears are too big for his body, and whose imagination is too intense for his mama. According to her, he needs to do some serious thinking about what it means to be a Siamese cat instead of a bird (Skippyjon always wakes up and eats worm...more
32 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Scholastic (first published September 15th 2003)
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Kirk
Feb 12, 2013 Kirk rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: blind conservatives, right-wing xenophobes
Recommended to Kirk by: My five year old daughter
If there's one thing you can take to the bank after reading this book, it is that everything Skippyjon Jones learned about Mexico, he learned from watching Taco Bell commercials. From the non-sequitur rhymes that mutilate the spanish language, to the Chihuahuas' preoccupation with beans, the boiled-down rendition of Mexican culture is about as "Mexican" as cow entrails squeezed through ammonia is "beef."

goo goo.
If the entirety of Schachner's creation was
inspired by the Taco Bell dog, I wouldn't
be surp...more
Kathryn
Okay, I'm giving this five stars because I think it would make an absolutely outstanding read aloud book. And I'm not the only one--it's won the EB White Read Aloud Book Award. And also, this is the sort of book I would have loved as a kid who loved interesting words and sounds. There are SO many fun-fun-fun things to say in this book! ;-p I won't give it away, but "Skipyjon" is just the beginning. Plus, the pictures are fun, the cats are cute, and it has a lot of absurdity and adventure and ima...more
Maria
This is the worst kind of "literature" to expose your children to. It's filled with stereotypes and fake accents. It's sad that Judy Schachner doesn't know any better.
Jen
Aug 07, 2009 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: karen, montambo, meg, DPow
Recommended to Jen by: skippyjon himself
Where has Skippyjon Jones been all my life? I love him. And his mother. With such a strong familial identity, Skippyjon is free to try out different identities, including being a bird and a chihuahua. A bandito chihuahua. The swordfighter. He sings too.

His mother calls Skippyjon lots of names. They are in jest, of course, and none are as bad as Skippyjon's real name, so Skippyjon is okay with it. Smart mom. I should have thought of that. My kids hate it when I call them "bongee bobos" from the w...more
midnightfaerie
Another Skippyjon Jones book, this time with no audio cd to help me out with the pronunciations. But I did okay. Many of the Spanish words used in this book were ones I knew. (ie fiesta, amigo, siesta, etc.) And it was ever so fun to practice my Spanish accent with the kids. Although when not rolling their eyes, they looked at me as if I was an idiot. I didn't care. I liked this story a bit more than the circus one, as this one seemed a little easier to understand. Either way, these are wonderfu...more
Ann
Feb 05, 2009 Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ann by: Katie again;>
I'm not really sure why I liked this so much - but I did! It's a fun story with ADORABLE illustrations!
Skippyjon's a cat with a vivid imagination and loves pretending to be various kinds of creatures. Also, there's a nice selection of Spanish words, and the author does a good job of letting you know what the Spanish word means, without actually writing "Uno = One." So it's more fun to learn.
Amy
I've picked up Skippyjon Jones off of the shelf at the library a few times thinking that I'd read it to the kids, but every single time I've put it back. When I read the book to myself I can't help but think, "this story is ridiculous, and it makes no sense. I'll find something else." Well, today I just went ahead and took the book to the kids and read it to them. What I discovered is that when you read Skippyjon Jones aloud, the language and wordplay just pops to life. It crackles with vivacity...more
Suzanne Moore
The main character of this story is a Siamese kitten (Skippyjon) who believes he is a Chihuahua. Along with his alternate personality he imagines he is in Mexico when he enters into this closet. In his closet he becomes a hero and confronts an enormous bumble bee aka as El Blimpo Bumblebeeto Bandito.
My first observation was that the media used appears to be chalk and charcoal. By lightly smudging the chalk, the drawings seem to have a soft texture. This enhances the fur on the kittens and Chih...more
Elizabeth
Skippjon gets in trouble, sent to his room, thinks he's a chihuahua and all of a sudden he begins adding O to the end of his words to speak Spanish? This book is seething in racism! How have more people not seen it and given it awards? All the chihuahuas he meets have very stereotypical type names. Making statements about rice and beans, because yes that's all Mexican people like to eat?

Then they have a fiesta and siesta while the chihuahuas carry around maracas and mariachi hats? Come on!

I cann...more
Lana Clifton
Children seem to enjoy this book much more than myself. They love the character of Skippyjon Jones-- a Siamese cat who thinks he is a Chihuahua. I would agree that the play on words is worthwhile, but not at the expense of murdering the Spanish language. No matter how much I try to lighten up about it, I believe it pokes a little to much fun at my cultural heritage. I would use this book as a critical component in reading comprehension-- and ask the students if the author is fairly representing...more
Shannon The Show Stopper
I just read this to my daughter last night and it is brilliant. I had a fun time doing the Spanish accent he takes on in the book as Skipito and I think I enjoyed it more than my daughter :-) I definitely recommend this one!
Tina
I think I enjoyed reading this book more than my kids enjoyed the book. It's a fun book to read aloud. It's fun to do the dramatic voices and the accents, but my little 4 year old daughter was a little creeped out by my attempts at the spanish accents. =D I thought the book was really fun. In fact, I rated this book higher than my 8 year old or my 4 year old. BUT I also noticed that my 4 year old took it to her room to read that night, and my 8 year old picked it up this morning to read again. S...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I wasn't crazy about this story the first time I read it. Then I re-read it aloud to my cats and liked it a lot better (and they gave it 4 paws up). That little Skippyjon Jones has quite the vivid imagination! You knew that right from the beginning, when the story opens with Skippyjon obviously pretending to be a bird. What I like best about the story, though, is how his mother, Mrs. Junebug Jones, deals with his behavior, and the cute nicknames she has for him--Mr. Kitten Britches, Mr. Fuzzypan...more
Luann
May 20, 2009 Luann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Luann by: Snorkle
Too cute! This one HAS to be read aloud, even if you are reading it by yourself! I absolutely love all the names in the story, especially the ones Skippyjon Jones' mother calls him: Mr. Kitten Britches, Mr. Fuzzy Pants, Mr. Fluffernutter, and Mr. Cocopugs. Other characters in the story are: Mama Junebug Jones, Mrs. Doohiggy, Ju-Ju Bee Jones, Jezebel Jones, Jilly Boo Jones, Don Diego, Poquito Tito, Pintolito, Rosalita, Tia Mia, and Alfredo Buzzito the Great Bumblebeeto!
Jodie Greene
SkippyJon Jones is a Siamese cat that wants to be a Chihuahua and has great adventures all while in this bedroom. His mother does not at all like the fact that he wants to be a dog, so she sends him to his room to think Siamese. While there, he finds a mask and sword and becomes “Skippito Friskito” and he enters his closet. On his adventure, he saves his band of Chihuahua friends from a bad “Bumblebeeto.”

This is a wonderful anthropomorphic picture book to read aloud. It has funny illustrations...more
Wendy
Yes, I know it's a picture book, but that's the genre I've read most for the past 10 years! Some of my very favorite books are for young children. Besides, Skippyjon Jones is too fun to pass up! The adventures of a Siamese kitty-boy who would rather be a Chihuahua are hilarious, especially if you can do a good Mexican accent. :) Delightful illustrations, too.
Jennifer
This is so fun! A great book to read aloud. Not sure if Claire liked it as much as Kate and I did, but maybe it will grow on her.
Susan Erhardt
Terribly offensive! I had the misfortune to hear the author read this, using a "Frito Bandito" voice for Skippyjon. Ugh.
Laura
Feb 14, 2009 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Colleen and Candace
This is the first book with the infamous skippyjon jones, a siamese catboy who thinks he is a chihuahua. We currently own three of the four.

Parker and I both love these books and they are best read outloud. That is because each book contains a little diddy that includes clapping, lots of rhyming, and fun use of language. I have an atrocious Spanish/Mexican accent, but it sure doesn't stop my from trying (and some of it is spelled out phonetically, which makes it a little easier for a person lik...more
Sarah W
The cover has something new to me & something old. The new? The E.B. White Read Aloud Award. The old? Cat eating plant. The book flap shows a cat in a ninja mask, which definitely got my interest.

The names in this story are really a blast with Junebug and Doohiggy. Apparently Skippyjon Jones has quite the identity issue with all the many animals his mom tells him not to act like. That doesn't stop Skippyjon Jones because soon he is pretending to be chihuahua while stuck in his room. Now El S...more
Keri
Category: Grades K-3, Book #7

I had a student who was adopted from China when she was little, just like the little sister in this book. This is a great read-aloud, or even something to use during social groups about new siblings. My Mei Mei is about a little girl who always wanted a little sister, and when her parents take her to China to adopt her, things weren't quite what she thought they would be. The baby can't talk, walk, or do anything she wants her to. Kids will laugh at the baby's antics...more
Kat
First reaction: What a cute, funny book!!!

Basic Plot: Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese kitty with a VERY active imagination. He takes on the persona of a famous, Mexican, sword-fighting chihuahua and has an adventure in his closet Old Mexico.

I got this book for my Nook, which leads me to my only complaints about this version of the book. These complaints would be a non-issue had I gotten a normal version, though, so the book still gets 5 stars for awesomeness, despite my complaints. Let me explain:...more
Tattered Cover Book Store
Sep 27, 2008 Tattered Cover Book Store added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tattered Cover by: Jackie
My entire world has gone Skippyjon Jones crazy. It all started because we have a kitten that looks pretty much the same as SjJ and I needed a birthday present for a two year old , so I got a book/stuffed animal box set of this book (the book is a little out of her range, but the stuffed cat was what sealed the deal). I read it out of curiosity and hurt myself laughing. Everyone who came into my house while it was still here had to read and/or be read to some part of the book. The really unlucky...more
Snorkle
I picked this book up because the cover intrigued me and made me want to know the little cat on the cover. I am so glad I checked this book out! It has become one of my absolute favorites! The story is very zany, with crazy, colorful pictures to match and impressively snippy lines that are hilarious to read out loud. I was cracking up while reading this book, almost rolling in the aisles. I just loved the look on little Skippyjon Jones face when he was off in his own little world. And because of...more
J-Lynn
I like this book for the adorable pictures of the little Siamese cat Skippyjon Jones who has tons of energy and gets into all sorts of trouble. I have had Siamese cats all my life and like that they are getting some love in Schachner's books.

However, I am not sure how I feel about Skippy pretending to be a Spanish "bandito" or how many of the words are changed with an "ito" on the end as if it turns the English words into Spanish. There are a few real Spanish words, but I worry that this book pl...more
Emily
Skippyjon has an incredible imagination and while bouncing in his room one morning he notices that his extremely large ears look an awful lot like a chihuahua's. And thus Skippito Friskito, the legendary sword fighter, is born. He heads off to help the Chimichangos, a band of out-of-luck pups, steal back their beans from the gigantic Alfredo Buzzito. My kids LOVED this book and laughed and laughed throughout the entire story. The language is fabulous, especially the Spanish-sounding made-up word...more
Kelly
While 1000+ GoodReads members seem to disagree, to me this book is rather offensive. It may have received the E. B. White Read Aloud award in 2004, but that doesn't mean it should be exempt from criticism. The racial stereotypes are awful (banditos -- really?!), the repeated reference to beans as if they are a defining characteristic of Latinos is insulting, and adding the letter 'o' and long 'ees' to random words to make them sounds more Spanish is disrespectful. While the book was surely meant...more
Christina
The artwork is beautiful. Colorful and lively and delightful. When read aloud, the rhythms and rhymes of the text is fun and pleasant to hear. The idea of a kitten with a wild imagination who does things like sleep in bird nests and play pretend in his closet is cute. But that's where my praises stop.

I'm afraid this relies far too heavily on Mexican stereotypes. It may sound cute at first, but the Spanglish and all the -itos is frustrating in the first place very overused here. The story is just...more
Spoonbridge
I was cataloging some children’s material and I came across this one and, after pausing to read through it, had to post my thoughts. I was familiar with the cover, having definitely seen it in bookstores, etc., before. It depicts a rather cute Siamese cat, chewing on a plant, nothing too unusual, so I expected a cute story about a cute pet kitten getting into trouble. Reading the blurb was a bit strange, “a rambunctious kitty boy with an overactive imagination?” That’s a bit weird, a “kitty boy?...more
Demilyn Odango
(2003)
Summary: This is Skippyjon Jones' very first adventure, but surely not his last. Skippyjon is the only boy in his family and he always get into mischief. He gets sent to his room where he finds ways to entertain himself. He begins to think that he is a chihuahua instead of a siamese cat. As his imagination starts developing he goes to a far away land in Mexico and calls himself "El Skipito the Great Sword Fighter". He meets this group of chihuahuas that need his help defeating "Bumbleblito...more
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"I was the last child and only daughter born to Edward and Mary Francis Byron on August 20th, 1951 in the city of Waltham, Massachusetts. My oldest brother Ted was very good at art and my middle brother Kevin kept me laughing with his funny stories.

Growing up we didn't have much money. My mother was very ill, and to make matters worse, I was extremely shy. All my teachers complained that "Judith n...more
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“My name is Skippito Friskito. (clap-clap)
I fear not a single bandito. (clap-clap)
My manners are mellow,
I'm sweet like the Jell-o,
I get the job done, yes indeed-o. (clap-clap)”
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