Skippyjon Jones, Class Action (Read to Me Edition) [NOOK Book]

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Skippyjon Jones really wants to go to school. School is for dogs, his mama tells him. It's where they go to get trained. But nothing can stop Skippy-once inside his closet, he finds himself on the playground of his imagination, surrounded by dogs of all kinds. He bays with the beagles, learns French with the poodles, and checks out a Chihuahua book from the library. And when a bully starts sending shiver-itos...
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Overview


Skippyjon Jones really wants to go to school. School is for dogs, his mama tells him. It's where they go to get trained. But nothing can stop Skippy-once inside his closet, he finds himself on the playground of his imagination, surrounded by dogs of all kinds. He bays with the beagles, learns French with the poodles, and checks out a Chihuahua book from the library. And when a bully starts sending shiver-itos down the spines of the little yippers, Skippy saves the day and earns the biggest gold star.

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School is for dogs; or at least that's what Skippyjon Jones's mother tell her Siamese cat son. Not to be deterred, however, Skippyjon enrolls in his own imaginary canine school, where he intermingles with pooches of all shapes and sizes. Even a class bully cannot ruin the day of our furry little dog for a day. A delightful school-related addition to an award-winning picture book series.

Publishers Weekly
School is not for cats—much to the chagrin of Skippyjon Jones. Taking on his Chihuahua persona, Skippito Friskito, he boards the bus (via the closet) bound for Barker Academy. At school, slobbery dogs eat crayons and glue, sleep on desktops, and howl in music class. Like its predecessors, this adventure jumps manically between prose and rhyming verse, all dotted with Spanish (and Spanish-ish) words, as Skippyjon works up the courage to face the school's "woolly bully," who turns out to be a teacup Chihuahua. Skippyjon's world is as off-kilter, high-energy, and irreverent as ever. Audio CD included. Ages 3–up. (July)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Skippyjon Jones and his kindle of kitty sisters are back again in this rollicking tale. Despite being a smart Siamese, the feline longs to join his "Chi-wa-la" friends at school. Mama Junebug warns him "School is for the Dogs!"—who are "unruly and drooly"—which is exactly the kind of atmosphere he relishes. Skippy's extraordinary imagination transports him to dog school where he enjoys being the star student in all his classes, including French. But the real challenge is in confronting the savage "bull-ito," a tiny terror that spins around the school in a teacup. A banana is the unlikely key to calming the savage beast. Typical of Schachner's style, the book has hilarious songs, wild antics, a smattering of Spanish words, and humor that everyone can appreciate. The zany illustrations add to its exuberant nature. Children will enjoy the amusing details on each page. As with the earlier books, this one makes for a wonderful read-aloud that will have young audiences laughing out loud.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
In this new adventure of the frisky Siamese kitten who thinks he is a Chihuahua, Skippyjon longs to go to school. But his mama reminds him, in verse, that school is for dogs. Skippyjon declares some rhymes of his own, along with some Spanish, as he goes into his closet to perhaps have an imaginary adventure, boarding the Barker Academy school bus, with his old amigos, Los Chimichangos. They need his help to cope with a "woolly bully." Untranslated Spanish in the text, usually understandable in context, occurs frequently in their school adventures in word play, rhyme, and song. There is even some French in French class. The climax encounter with the bully in the spinning teacup is followed by Skippyjon's slide out of the closet into his mother's arms. Pen and ink and acrylics produce detailed naturalistic scenes and characters. Our hero, however, is created with a very large head and pointed ears so it is easy to find and follow him through the wild adventures. Some of the dogs are individualized by actions or costumes, all adding to the comedy. Do not look for logic here. The accompanying CD has jaunty music accompanying Schachner reading and obviously enjoying her story. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Skippyjon Jones and his kindle of kitty sisters are back again in this rollicking tale. Despite being a smart Siamese, the feline longs to join his "Chi-wa-la" friends at school. Mama Junebug warns him "School is for the Dogs!"—who are "unruly and drooly"—which is exactly the kind of atmosphere he relishes. Skippy's extraordinary imagination transports him to dog school where he enjoys being the star student in all his classes, including French. But the real challenge is in confronting the savage "bull-ito," a tiny terror that spins around the school in a teacup. A banana is the unlikely key to calming the savage beast. Typical of Schachner's style, the book has hilarious songs, wild antics, a smattering of Spanish words, and humor that everyone can appreciate. The zany illustrations add to its exuberant nature. Children will enjoy the amusing details on each page. As with the earlier books, this one makes for a wonderful read-aloud that will have young audiences laughing out loud.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA
Kirkus Reviews

That irrepressible, big-eared Siamese cat with an identity complex is back, this time desperate to go to school just like the dogs.

Luckily, Skippyjon Jones has an imagination to match his ears and a Spanish vocabulary to go with the "Chi-wa-la" he sees in the mirror. While his mother and sisters tidy up the house, he heads to his closet, backpack on, to board the school bus. His amigos, Los Chimichangos, are already aboard and ask for his help with the school bully. Before sorting him out, though, Skippito attends some classes—art, music, math, library and French. It's while the gang is skipping obedience class that they finally run into the "wooly bull-ito." A quick change transforms Skippyjon into El Skippito Friskito, and he leads the charge. Schachner is a genius when it comes to tongue-in-cheek humor, which she carries through both the rhyming verses scattered throughout the text and the acrylic, pen and ink artwork. The busy illustrations will amuse children and adults alike as they pore over the humorous details. Skippito's Spanish-laden verses are characteristically broken; his fans won't mind, but readers in search of authentic Latino representations should look elsewhere.

Children will find much to laugh at in Skippyjon's latest adventure, and although much of the wordplay will go over kids' heads, adults who are asked for repeated readings will appreciate it. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101651926
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Series: Skippyjon Jones Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 70,691
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 36 MB
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Meet the Author

Judy Schachner

Judy Schachner has brought Skippyjon Jones into hundreds of classrooms as she has toured coast to coast. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

    Another great Skippy Jon Jones escapade - my kids love it!

    I gave this book and a plush Skippy Jon Jones doll to my youngest for her birthday. My daughters (6 & 4) wanted to hear the story over and over again. I also foresee having to get a second doll if they don't learn to share it better. I dub this an instant hit for any child boy or girl, especially those already fans of earlier Skippy Jon Jones adventures.

    As an adult, I love the creativity of both language and illustrations in all of the Skippy Jon Jones books. It's also a great way to sneak in some Spanish vocabulary in a way the kids enjoy learning it.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    When visiting my grandchildren in Boston they chose a Skippy Jon

    When visiting my grandchildren in Boston they chose a Skippy Jon Jones book for me to read. I floundered about trying to get the characters and their voices right. Then, on the back cover, I saw the CD. The next day I popped it into my car and laughed all the way back to New York. Every time I listen, and that's too often according to some, I hear something new. Best of all, I now read and sing with authority. Thank you, thank you, Judy Schachner.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    cute book

    My grandaughter loves it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Alsomenator

    This... is.....ALSOME like me hay nananananananananana me BATMAN? :>?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Not a good one

    We love the skippyjon jones stories but Class Action is terrible. The story just does not flow and is not cute at all. I will buy one of the other stories hoping this wlone was just a dud.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Hdbxv

    I really love this book get it!!!!!! ( i am firestar from warriors))))

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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