Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones

Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones

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by Judy Schachner
     
 

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Holy guacamole! Skippyjon Jones is crazy-loco for dinosaurs! The kitty boy enters (via his closet) the land of dinosaurs in search of the fabled Skipposaurus. Instead he runs into his old amigos, the Chimichango gang. When a T-Mex threatens the pack, it’s El Skippito, the great sword fighter, to the rescue. With yips and yowls, he drives the big

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Holy guacamole! Skippyjon Jones is crazy-loco for dinosaurs! The kitty boy enters (via his closet) the land of dinosaurs in search of the fabled Skipposaurus. Instead he runs into his old amigos, the Chimichango gang. When a T-Mex threatens the pack, it’s El Skippito, the great sword fighter, to the rescue. With yips and yowls, he drives the big baddie away, so all the dino-dudes can rattle their bones another day. This fourth entry in a series that Kirkus Reviews called “ay caramba, mucho fun,” will win even more fans for the Siamese cat with oversize ears and an imagination to match.

Editorial Reviews

Jerry Griswold
In the growing category of bilingual children's books, the Skippyjon Jones series is refreshing because of its irreverence. Here is linguistic fun and dual-language punning, or something like James Joyce's Ulysses for the elementary-school set…In Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones,…Skippyjon settles upon a new career as a paleontologist, having been inspired by the bone-collecting of the neighbor's dog, Darwin…The playfulness of Schachner's stories is echoed in her artistic style—dynamic and comic sketches, a wide palette of lively colors in acrylic and pen and ink, and an alphabetical mélange of handwritten and printed letters
—The New York Times
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3
The Siamese kitten returns in another rip-roaring adventure. This time, Skippyjon, who wants to be a famous paleontologist, digs up bones buried by Mrs. Dolly Doohiggy's dog, Darwin, and glues them to his model dinosaur. When his mother warns him to take the bones back before Darwin awakens, the obstinate, pouncing, bouncing Skippyjon instead puts on his cape and mask, transforming himself into Skippito Friskito, a Chihuahua. Searching for more dinosaurs, Skippito enters his closet, which transports him to a jungle. There, the action builds. Skippito reunites with Los Chimichangos, his old canine amigos. Hearing an earthquake, the friends panic; peeping through bushes, they see rowdy dinosaurs of all sizes and types. Using his pickle breath and courage, Skippito saves his pals from harm. Schachner's characters retain their winning personalities. The peppy acrylic and pen-and-ink artwork reflects the playfulness and drama of the text and adds plenty of action and suspense. Many Spanish terms are smoothly integrated into the snappy dialogue. Schachner's energetic reading on the accompanying CD includes the use of different character voices. The recording opens and closes with upbeat music, and orchestral drumbeats accentuate the action in the story. This lively romp is fun for one-on-one sharing or reading aloud.
—Lynn K. VancaCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
That devilish, irrepressible Skippyjon Jones is back in his fourth adventure and digging up big-time trouble-again. Skippyjon loves digging in Mrs. Dolly Doohiggy's garden because that's where her bulldog Darwin buries his bones. And bones lead to dinosaurs. "I'm going to be a famous paleontologist!," Skippyjon says as he disappears into his closet and greets his friends the Chimichango gang. Suddenly they find themselves surrounded by a rhumba line of extinct dinosaurs, and Skippyjon comes face-to-face with a T. Mexito. But dino-dudes are no match for El Skippito Friskito who rules the day, ole. With the familiar acrylic and pen-and-ink illustrations of this goofy pint-size cat who thinks he's a Chihuahua, large-type sound effects, Spanglish words and silly rhymes, fans will cheer for this loco kitty and his funny-bones escapade. (CD) (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142424544
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
11/08/2012
Series:
Skippyjon Jones Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 5.75(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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