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Skippyjon Jones

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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  34,504 ratings  ·  1,331 reviews
Here is the book that launched a thousand chimichangoes - the first in the best-selling series about the rambunctious Skippyjon Jones, the Siamese kitty boy with the overactive imagination. He would rather be El Skippito, the great sword fighter, who can do anything. Like saving a roving band of Mexican Chihuahuas from a humongous bumblebeeto that is tormenting them.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Dutton Children's Books
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Mar 02, 2012 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 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. ...more
Sep 13, 2012 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
Gary Anderson
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
In observance of Banned Books Week, today I was showing a class of juniors the most challenged books of 2018. #8 on the list is Skippyjon Jones, challenged “for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture.” There was a wave of sentimental support for Skippyjon, mostly from Hispanic students. Because I didn’t know the book, I briefly stopped the presentation and made a show of putting it on hold from my local library, and I said I would read it before class tomorrow.

So, I did. Does Skippyjon Jones d
Feb 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 28, 2009 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
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
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clap clap! 5 star audiobook. Banned book week.

Sorry, a Siamese cat pretending to be a chihuahua with a Spanish accent is not offensive.

If a chihuahua was pretending to be a Siamese cat and spoke with an Asian accent, would that be offensive? Um, no.

Banned book:

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.

Skippyjon Jones, a Siamese cat that pretends to be a Chihuahua superhero.
Aug 07, 2009 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
Sarah Prokop
May 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
This entire series is offensive and racist. It uses mock spanish and peddles racist stereotypes as funny. This is how racist stereotypes are taught to young children - by presenting them as funny. It's just not ok. ...more
Kendare Blake
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
All things Skippyjon are good.
Art Neill
Mar 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
If you're trying to raise a kid to learn about and respect the many cultures and people around them, this is not a book you need in your home.

Just awful. Mutilates a language and culture, missing an opportunity to help kids learn to respect and be curious about other people and cultures. Judy Schachner engages in the pathetic concept known as "trash Spanish", belittling another language for cheap laughs. The book shares a place in history with the Taco Bell dog and Shwarzenegger's "hasta la vist
Jun 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Terribly offensive! I had the misfortune to hear the author read this, using a "Frito Bandito" voice for Skippyjon. Ugh. ...more
Feb 05, 2009 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.
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!
Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens
This book was embarrassingly bad. It's filled with stereotypes of Mexicans and it makes fun of the Spanish language by randomly adding o to English words. It's hard to believe that this was published in the 2000s. ...more
Suzanne Moore
Dec 27, 2010 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 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
Jun 13, 2013 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
Dec 31, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens-books
I loved this when I first read it in college (I had roommates studying elementary education), but I always felt too uncomfortable with the accent to read it aloud myself. I'm embarrassed that I'm only just now realizing that's because it's a pretty insulting accent. I would definitely not want to read it to children. ...more
Stephanie  Weatherly
My oldest loves this book! Great story to expand his imagination.
Rachel Holtzclaw
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i have been obsessed with this cat who thinks he's a dog for a while now & i am filled with joy every time i see these books at work so i bought two of them for my cousin's baby and i hope she enjoys them as much as i do ...more
Jodie Greene
Mar 22, 2014 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
Tattered Cover Book Store
Sep 14, 2008 added it
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
Jun 17, 2011 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
The Library Lady
Sep 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Dog lovers who don't get REAL cats.
Recommended to The Library Lady by: Endless patrons, so I bought them.
This is compared in the blurb to Eloise and Olivia. Perfect, both of them make me gag. And so does this cutesy-wutsey bit of saccharine. None the less, it is popular, so I have broken down and purchased them for my branch.

There is something very, very,VERY wrong with a cat who wants to pretend he is a dog. My own two cats KNOW that they are the most superior beings ever to exist and expect worship (and food) accordingly.
Both of them would shake their paws in their most disdainful cover-up-the-li
Christie Kesler
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
Skippyjon Jones is on my favorites shelf because the character is distinct, likable, relatable and memorable. I can imagine children laughing out loud as they learn about Skippy's antics and thinking of him as a friend. Considered fiction, it contains the ever-popular element of having the main character be an animal. Designed for primary readers, it can be enjoyed as a laugh out loud whole class read or a book to be enjoyed again and again on a reader's own.

In the reading classroom, teachers ca
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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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