Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble
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Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble

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by Judy Schachner
     
 

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El Skippito is back! His doggy pals want to visit the Under Mundo—the underworld—where mummitos rest in peas. But they need El Skippito’s brains and courage to answer the riddle of the Finx and enter the mummy’s tomb. Our hero is up to the task, and he’s in for another whirlwind adventure.

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El Skippito is back! His doggy pals want to visit the Under Mundo—the underworld—where mummitos rest in peas. But they need El Skippito’s brains and courage to answer the riddle of the Finx and enter the mummy’s tomb. Our hero is up to the task, and he’s in for another whirlwind adventure.

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"Fans will no doubt want more of the “beeg Chihuahua dude." —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Nicole Peterson
This imaginative nonsense book is about a Siamese cat (Skippyjon Jones) who takes an imaginative journey with some Mexican Chihuahua into ancient Egypt. The creative text in English (and Spanish) includes songs, and many puns that adults will understand about Egypt. For example, one of the first thing that was said when they visited the "Finx" was, "Don't let the gato get your tongue, Dude". The names chosen are very funny, such as King Rootin-Tootin. The paintings are well done—giving depth and meaning to the story without giving away the ending.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Another tale featuring the independent, stubborn Siamese kitten. Once again, Skippyjon dons mask and cape, enters his closet, and changes into El Skippito Friskito, an adventure-loving Chihuahua. Here, after daydreaming about ancient Egypt, he converts into his alter ego and meets his amigos (a pack of troublemaking "poochitos") along the Nile River. Skippyjon fans will find much to like here-the amigos speak a slang of Spanish and English and spur the frightened kitten into confronting the Sphinx and a mummy-but the book may be a bit confusing for newcomers as there is no explanation of his transformation or his canine pals. Done in acrylics and pen and ink, the vibrantly colored illustrations add humor to the already silly story (the gang wants to visit the "Under Mundo" where "mummitos rest in peas") and children will want to stop and pore over the details (the mummy is a Siamese). The text is lengthy, with several points of action, so it is recommended for readers who can follow the longer format. However, the narrative is broken up by songs and rhymes that will keep them laughing throughout. When Skippyjon returns to his (real) mummy, youngsters will feel as if they have been to ancient Egypt with him.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142412114
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/16/2008
Series:
Skippyjon Jones Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
119,040
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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"Fans will no doubt want more of the “beeg Chihuahua dude." —Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Judith Byron Schachner has been illustrating and writing children's books since 1992 and has given numerous presentations in schools and libraries. Her workshops are designed to be warm and personal with a special regard for the less than stellar student.

"Kids love to review my rotten report cards and laugh out loud at a slide show involving 4 cats and a funeral. Teachers love the 'Seed Box' filled to the brim with a magical collection of 'Junk' to inspire the writer in all of us. Everyone loves to watch 'Don Juan Skippito Bumblito the Great Sword Fighter' come to life with pencil and paper. By the end of the day we all believe that the stories in our own lives are worth writing about."

Judith Byron Schachner grew up outside of Boston in the 1950’s. Her early years were not easy: “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 needs to speak up in class, Judith needs to improve in arithmetic, and Judith needs to finish her work on time.’ But no one complained about my artwork. On paper I drew myself a world where mothers were healthy and teachers were kind. My life was perfection in pencil.”

Judith graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1973 with a BFA in illustration and went straight into the “greeting card factories, which included a stint at Hallmark. For five years I designed cute cards, sad cards, funny cards, and wedding cards. I was not having fun; in fact I never wanted to pick up a paintbrush again.”

Married life changed many things for Judith. One clear advantage for her was that “for the first time in many years I could step off the 9 to 5 treadmill and devote all my energy to creating a portfolio of children’s book art. That was until two little baby girls were born. Then motherhood became my favorite new job. Over the years I read hundreds of books to my daughters. Inspired by the art and words I was moved once again to finish my portfolio and take it on the road to New York. Around the same time I met Donna Jo Napoli who convinced Dutton Children’s Books to let me illustrate her novel, The Prince of the Pond," published in 1992.

In 1995 Judith wrote and illustrated her first picture book, Willy and May, and has turned out a number of projects since then. “The wonderful thing about my job is that one day I can be writing about history, as I did in Mr. Emerson’s Cook. The next day I’m drawing a wacky old woman for I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. Or I can bring to life a beloved pet cat in my book The Grannyman. I live in a constant state of 3rd grade bliss - making up stories and drawing pictures. Isn’t that what we all did as children?”

Several years ago the great author Lloyd Alexander stood in Judith’s back yard admiring her daughters’ Viking ship (as Judith puts it, that’s another story). Working with Lloyd Alexander has been a dream come true for Judith: “Never in my wildest fantasies did I ever think that my art would inhabit his world of words.”

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Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
AutumnH More than 1 year ago
My family owns this entire series they are a great read for the entire family. Interactive and a great laugh
Maconga More than 1 year ago
This whole series is amazing. It is SO much fun to read with your children. My kids, who are taking Spanish in K and 5th grade, like learning a few new words in each book and laugh at what they call "Grandpa Spanish" which is my dad, knowing no Spanish, and adding an "o" to the end of a word to make it Spanish. My 5 year old son repeats the story daily. It did start a real conversation on Egypt. Fun Fun Fun
Encore_Arts_Singer More than 1 year ago
My 6-yr-old daughter just loves Skippyjon and reading about his adventures. She especially likes to listen to the included CD, because the author reads it in a very entertaining way, with varied voicings. We take this in the car and we hear it MULTIPLE times during a trip. But we, as parents, don't get tired of it either! We just find ourselves reciting the story and trying to be as clever as Skippyjon. I especially like the many names that Mama Junebug Jones uses to address Skippjon. It makes me want to be more creative with the "terms of affection" that I use with my daughter. Go ahead and get it. You'll love it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My six year old son loves this book! It ispired him to find out more about pyramids, cat mummies and Egypt. We read this book together daily.
Barbara Brann More than 1 year ago
I loved it
ttraveler More than 1 year ago
My son is five and we havy many of the Skippyjon Jones books. They are very funny and he loves that Skippy gets in trouble.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skippyjon is a very funny book that is loved by my 9 yr. old son and 5 yr. old daughter. It is especially funny when read by the author. Would highly recommend to all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skippyjon Jones never fails to deliver. He's funny and entertaining for both the child and the adult reading the book. Other adults in the room will stop to listen and laugh. Great series of books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Skippyjon Jones book I purchased for my kids (two boys 5 and 7), and they just can't stop talking about it!!! I am ordering the entire collection today.
crk1 More than 1 year ago
Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble by Judy Schachner is a hilarious introduction to bilingual education. It provides support to limited English proficiency students, and makes amusing fun of mixing up word meanings from Spanish to English. With its fascinating rhymes and illustrations, it’s a great way to introduce to both bilingual students and at-risk readers. There are many lessons to bring to your family night! This book provides an audio CD of the author reading this book. It can help you touch up on your Spanish, or even introduce you to a language of another culture. This book is a great way to introduce Spanish words and bring Mexico to life within your own home. Here is a quote that illustrates entertaining word play and voice: “He rocketed through the vault like a fur-covered comet. Until suddenly, SMACK-iTO! Skippito hit a wall and knocked himself out cold.” Teaching effectively, whether you are a teacher or parent, requires us to build on what students already have as the basis in order for new skills and for learning new understanding to take place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found it too difficult to read on my Nook. The pages are big so have have to expand the print to read it to my children. The story itself is fantastic (like all the other Skippyjon Jones books).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think these books are the most fun my kids and I have had with story reading. We do the different voices with each character and we have so much fun with these books. We love and bought them all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Schachner made it happen with a another excellent read. Son loves this little cats antics and giggles through the whole book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of the original, and just as much of a fan of this book. I have read the Skippyjon books to 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th graders and they all LOVE it. I use the original to introduce myself to my class because it's a favorite. These books provide a great example of how to be a fluent reader by creating different voices and using different rates to read. There are always Spanish words and context clues to decipher those words. I used this book as an introduction to a unit on Ancient Egypt. It definetely helped to create excitement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We will be buying more of this series for sure! Love his imagination!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skippito is a funny Dude
SuziIzMe More than 1 year ago
We love these books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all the Skippyjon Jones books!!! I hope that there will be more to read and laugh at with my children! They are so much fun to read aloud, the stories are silly and engaging.
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