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Skippyjon Jones (Skippyjon Jones)

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  26,605 Ratings  ·  1,093 Reviews
Move over, Eloise and Olivia. Make room for SkippyjonJones, a Siamese kittenboy who can't resign himself to being an ordinary cat. Having a time-out in his room, he resorts to his imagination. Taking on the superhero persona of the great Spanish sword fighter Skippito, he has the adventure of his life, and readers are invited along. Zany, wild, and over-the-top, th
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Mar 02, 2012 Kirk rated it liked it
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
Dec 29, 2008 Maria rated it did not like it
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.
Jan 28, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 07, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 05, 2009 Ann rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 09, 2013 Patty rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-picture
What is there not to like about a young Siamese cat who likes to play pretend, especially when he likes to pretend to be a Chihuahua--the Mexican dog of royalty? As an American of Mexican ancestry, who happened to be born and grew up along the Texas-Mexican border (and currently resides in the same border town of El Paso), I didn't find it too difficult to step beyond the controversy and the "lack of political correctness" that many adult readers find in this children's book to see how witty, cu ...more
Suzanne Moore
Dec 27, 2010 Suzanne Moore rated it really liked it
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
Mar 20, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
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
Sep 13, 2012 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
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
Jun 13, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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
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!
Jun 17, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-kids
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
May 12, 2009 Luann rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Luann by: Laura
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!
Nov 01, 2008 Wendy rated it really liked it
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.
Emily Woodard
Jul 12, 2015 Emily Woodard rated it it was amazing
I really like Skippito!
Sunny Purdin
Sep 12, 2016 Sunny Purdin rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
What the hell?
Apr 07, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
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
Jun 25, 2009 Susan Erhardt rated it did not like it
Terribly offensive! I had the misfortune to hear the author read this, using a "Frito Bandito" voice for Skippyjon. Ugh.
Kendare Blake
Sep 14, 2010 Kendare Blake rated it it was amazing
All things Skippyjon are good.
Astonishing. And not necessarily in a good way. And vaguely insulted. Though it might be a fun early reader book, I'm not thinking I'd want this around. The idea of an imaginative boy is a good one. But the choices the author and artist made, from the cats wearing clothes to the use of language just felt wrong.
Maria Shuffit
Mar 03, 2017 Maria Shuffit rated it it was amazing
This was my first time ever picking up a Skippyjon Jones book, and I have to say - I think I am in love! Very fun read-aloud book with lots of tongue-twisting, fun and creative rhymes, bright and attractive illustrations, and of course, starring an adorable and fearless feline who thinks he is a Chihuahua. I love the sheer imagination that Skippyjon displays, and adored the little touches of family affection even as he is being scolded. From an educational standpoint, I thought it was neat to in ...more
Sep 04, 2008 Kat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, picture-books
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:
Mar 30, 2011 Keri rated it really liked it
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
Taylor Patterson
One of my favorite aspects of reading books to kids is the different voices I get to do. Skippyjon Jones is a book I love to read because of the voices that can be done. It's such a silly story that the kids get so enthralled in the book. This is also a book that really encourages kids to use their imaginations and I think that is important nowadays because, with technology, kids don't need to use their imaginations.
Jan 21, 2017 Esperanza rated it really liked it
Skippyjon Jones is a rambunctious Siamese cat who loves adventure. The book starts off with Skippyjon waking up with the birds in a nest, but his mother, Mama Junebug Jones, snatches him up and scolds him. Mama Junebug, takes Skippyjon to his room and leaves him to reflect on his actions and think about how to be a Siamese cat. While in the room alone, Skippyjon notices himself in the mirror and realizes he looks like a Chihuahua, so he wanders into the closet where he imagines he is in a desert ...more
Feb 14, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
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
Sarah W
Mar 17, 2011 Sarah W rated it liked it
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
Jodie Greene
Mar 22, 2014 Jodie Greene rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
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
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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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