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Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse [NOOK Book]

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For another loco adventure. In his room for a time-out, Skippyjon Jones lets his imagination take him to a shack where his Chihuahua friends are yipping and yapping and hiding out from the bad Bobble-ito, who has taken over their doghouse. How El Skippito chills the Chihuahuas and banishes the Bobble-ito will make more amigos for this endearing and irresistible rascal, who ...
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Overview

For another loco adventure. In his room for a time-out, Skippyjon Jones lets his imagination take him to a shack where his Chihuahua friends are yipping and yapping and hiding out from the bad Bobble-ito, who has taken over their doghouse. How El Skippito chills the Chihuahuas and banishes the Bobble-ito will make more amigos for this endearing and irresistible rascal, who made his first appearance in the favorite Skippyjon Jones.


Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat who wants to be a Chihuahua dog.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A popular character returns in Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse by Judy Schachner. Here the Siamese "kitty boy" that transforms into El Skippito Friskito, a Chihuahua, for his superhero antics, drives out the menacing Bobble-ito from his canine buddies' doghouse. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-The Siamese cat from Skippyjon Jones (Dutton, 2003) that thinks he's a Chihuahua returns in another adventure. Sent to his room by his mother for drawing on the walls, the feline puts on a mask and cape and then sings in a Spanish accent: "Oh, my name is Skippito Friskito/And I heard from a leetle birdito/That the doggies have fled/From the gobbling head/Who goes by the name Bobble-ito!" He then boards his skateboard and rolls into his closet, eventually arriving at a shack where he finds his Chihuahua friends. They explain that their home has been invaded ("Yesterday morning we left the house to buy some beans-when we returned, a Bobble-ito was in la casa perrito") and ask for his help. He solves the problem by grabbing the intruder and stuffing it into his pants. At story's end, Mama checks on Skippyjon and finds him wrapped in a blanket and talking to his sister's bobblehead doll. Schachner's ink-and-acrylic illustrations create the madcap surrealistic world Skippyjon inhabits, but the narrative offers little more than bad verse, confused plotting, and Taco Bell-style expressions-a fact underscored by the accompanying CD of the author reading her two Skippyjon tales. For rhyming dog stories, skip this doggerel and stay with the antics of Lynley Dodd's "Hairy Maclary" books (Tricycle).-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Holy Jalapeno! That devilish, disarming, dog-eared Siamese kitten who thinks he's a Chihuahua is back and in trouble-again. His crayon artwork on the walls rubs Mama Junebug's fur the wrong way and she gives him a timeout with the threat NOT to go in his closet or he'll be in the doghouse. But quicker than you can say Skippyjon Jones, the naughty cat dons his mask and cape and superhero Skippito is off on another Mexican adventure with his old amigos, Los Chimichangos, banishing the menacing, nodding Bobble-ito monster (an itty-bitty kitten bobblehead) from their doghouse. Playful type embellishes exaggerated "Splanish" words and the watercolor-pen-ink caricatures are as perky and outsized as Skippyjon's ears. Ole to the greatest poco perrito; he's as full of beans as in the first escapade. Mas, por favor. (CD read by the author) (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101549872
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/7/2005
  • Series: Skippyjon Jones Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 82,143
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD720L (what's this?)
  • File size: 23 MB
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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.”



Listen to a SkippyjonJones audio clip!
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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Interviews & Essays

Q & A with Judy Schachner

What inspired you to create the character Skippyjon Jones?

My very own cat Skippy inspired these books, as well as my brother Kevin, Antonio Banderas, and the teeny, tiny, trembling Chihuahua deep down inside of me.

Skippyjon Jones has an active imagination. What is the best thing parents can do to encourage their children to imagine?
The best thing a parent can do for a child is to give him/her the time to use their imagination. Pure, unadulterated, un-programmed, unplugged time. Sprinkle in lots of hugs and kisses and mix with a healthy dose of snuggles and books.

Are family and friends represented in the characters you create?
Absolutely. I believe in exploiting family, friends and pets for fame and fortune. Both my girls were tom boys when they were little. Sarah, the younger was a combination of Superman and John Lennon of the Beatles. She flew around town in a gold lame cape and yellow swimming goggles which squished her eyes close together. Emma was an American red fox and a Viking explorer. Yo Vikings was a book written about them, and it is based on a true story. My husband makes an appearance in The Grannyman. He is wearing pink pajamas. The people who rode the train to work with him everyday gave him a hard time. Hee, hee, hee!

Do you have any pets?
I currently have two cats named Skippy and Tink and one dog we rescued named Buster. They love ice cream but they cannot read.

Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat who believes he is a Chihuahua. When you were a kid what characters and creatures did you pretend to be?
I have never been comfortable in my own skin. I much preferred living in the skin of Patti Paige, My Little Margie, Shirley Temple, Davy Crockett, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and Dr. Kildares' love interest. But most of all I loved inhabiting the characters of Dorothy and Toto. Today I am a Chihuahua as old as Monte Zuma with no plans to enter either a kennel or a convent.

How did your imagination and artwork help you cope with some of the difficulties in your childhood?
Imagination sustained me through a painful childhood of poor report cards and personal loss. I could always draw myself into a world in which dreamers ruled and mothers never died.

You incorporate some Spanish into your Skippyjon Jones books. Do you feel it is important for children to begin learning a second language at an early age?
I so regret never learning a foreign language. Children should start in kindergarten. I'm sure it would lead to a more tolerant world.

What future adventures will Skippy and his imagination take readers on?
Skippyjon Jones and I are currently in his closet working on a new sequel titled Mummy Love.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Love this story!!

    This entire series is a must have for any family. The interactive sometimes tongue twisters are a delight and will have you laughing

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    I love this story!!

    Kid-known Siamese cat, SkippyJonJones, is back! I showed it to my 7 year old brother and he loved it!!

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    My 3 yr old really loved this one!

    My son is 3yr old and he loves Skippy Jon. This is the second story in this set we purchased. These are excellent to read aloud. My son loves them and knows every word. The only minor thing I do not like, is from a Mom perspective; if sent my son to his room in trouble, I wouldn't want him to play like this. But, don't we all. The story is still really cute and fun for the kids. It has him interested in reading and that's the big idea afterall. So we were very glad to own this one.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2006

    The Best Bookito ever!

    Skippyjon Jones books are the most hilarious books I have read in a long time. My six year old loves them too! Can't wait for the third one!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    A great read!

    My 3 year old grandson loves this "read-to-me" book. Introduction to some words in Spanish, with the author's voice and accent dead-on. Wonderful alliteration. One of our favorite stories!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    ok

    My kids love. this book, but I thought it had the 'Read to me' function. It does not, and that disappoints. For the price, it should.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Aye Chiauaua

    If you and your children enjoy characterization, then run to Skippyjon Jones. In this early book from the Skippyjon collection, Our little Siamese friend becomes a superhero in the eyes of his imaginary chiauaua friends, los chimichangos. As in each of his books, his adventure starts at the door of his closet, where he is transported from his dull Siamese home with his bothersom sisters, into a world of chiauauas, where he can be the dog, and the hero, he dreams of being.
    This book is a welcome break from Dora and Diego in providing a great way to introduce Spanish words and phrases to your youngster. rMy son and I love to read this book aloud together and to use our best Mexican accents to bring Skippy to life. When I'm not able to read to him, my son can pop in the CD that is included with the book and follow along. He LOVES the narrative as well as the catchy tunes that skipito and los chimichangos sing.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2010

    Entertaining and imaginative

    My 2 yr old son quotes this book and wants to read it over and over. Skippyjon is full of energy and enthusiasm. Although he is a naughty kitty. The word play and energy has my son in giggles every time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    We love Skippyjon!

    So silly with great illustrations.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Cute Book

    This is a cute, inviting book for young and old alike. I gave this book as a book donation/gift to a child who would not have been able to purchase a book on their own.
    I hope they are enjoying it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    Fun and Fantastic!

    I had so much fun reading this book to my 5th and 6th graders! They love the voices of El Skippito and the rest of the characters! My son has loved all of the Skippyjon Jones books - they are his favorite reads before bedtime, or anytime! And now that he is reading, he likes to do the voices himself!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Skippyjon Jones

    My granddaughter and I LOVE this series! It is fast paced and sometimes hard to read it fast, but we giggle and carry on about his antics.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2009

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    Can't wait for the next one!

    We absolutely loved all of them!! If you haven't read them you are missing out. Hearing the author read them really inspires you to improve your story telling skills!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Cirque de ole

    Another great adventure with El Skippito Friskito, the Great Sword-fighter!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    A few months ago, Skippyjon Jones books were Kohl's Cares books,

    A few months ago, Skippyjon Jones books were Kohl's Cares books, so, of course I bought some.  If you are not familiar with Skippyjon Jones, he is a Siamese cat that thinks he is a Chihuahua dog.  And the books just tend to get crazy after that.  In this book, Skippyjon Jones colors on the walls and then has a highly imaginative adventure.  My son is four, and he colors on the walls and tells highly imaginative stories, so he can relate pretty well to this books. 
    The artwork is also over-the-top insane -- fun -- but insane.  Skippyjon Jones is adorable with his big brown ears and round blue eyes and teeny-tiny body.  He tends to be the most normal thing on any page of illustration. 
    I could not read this book every day; it would drive me loco.  But an occasional foray in joyful madness is a treat.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Skippyjon jons

    This book was a great book it was really is funny and my brother who is six years old loves irt even when we go on trips he loves it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Post to twiter

    WERE R THE SAMPLES (NOT AT THE COFIE SHOP LOL) ITS TOOOOOOOOOOO MUTCH MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    : )

    Best posible book. : )

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    My son

    Loves all the skippy jonjones books!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    I think this is a spanish book

    I think it is spanish english because the song is english and spanish.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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