Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble [NOOK Book]

Overview

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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Overview

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

  • ISBN-13: 9781101549841
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/19/2006
  • Series: Skippyjon Jones Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 61,794
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 26 MB
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Meet the Author

Judy Schachner
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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

    We love Skippito!

    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

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Very Cute

    My family owns this entire series they are a great read for the entire family. Interactive and a great laugh

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

    Skippyjon is a star in our house!

    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!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    I loved it

    I loved it

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    My son and I love Skippy

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2011

    Great book, but...

    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).

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    Very Funny

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    Great as always

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Love It!!

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2008

    Happy Mummy, happy kids...

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Skippito is a funny Dude

    Skippito is a funny Dude

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble by Judy Schachner is a hilariou

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Best ever, fun to read

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Posted March 31, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Love This Series!

    We love these books!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Skippyjon Jones

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2008

    Outstanding!!!

    Once again Schachner made it happen with a another excellent read. Son loves this little cats antics and giggles through the whole book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2007

    This book is a mummy's treasure!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Love it, so funny!!!

    We will be buying more of this series for sure! Love his imagination!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

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