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Skippyjon Jones

Skippyjon Jones

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by Judy Schachner

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Puffin is updating the Puffin Storytapes audio program and converting the cassette tapes to compact discs! Our list begins with three perennial classics: Corduroy, Madeline, and Froggy Gets Dressed, as well as one modern classic new to Puffin audio Skippyjon Jones. each Puffin picture book will be accompanied by compact disc that


Puffin is updating the Puffin Storytapes audio program and converting the cassette tapes to compact discs! Our list begins with three perennial classics: Corduroy, Madeline, and Froggy Gets Dressed, as well as one modern classic new to Puffin audio Skippyjon Jones. each Puffin picture book will be accompanied by compact disc that features a professional reading of each unabridged story and, in some cases, music. perfect for road trips or quiet bedtime reading, as well as story time, preschool, and home schools, Puffin Storytime is sure to please children and parents alike.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Siamese hero of this caper sleeps in a nest-with the birds-and is convinced that he's really a Chihuahua in disguise, and saves his pals from a giant Bumblebeeto Bandito. Ages 4-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Skippyjon Jones is not your ordinary Siamese cat. He enjoys being with the birds and much to his mother's displeasure, he sleeps with them, eats worms and plays in the birdbath. This just is not the type of behavior she expects from her son. Banished to his room, and warned to stay out of his closet, Skippyjon does not seem to be the least bit fazed. He actually ends up on another adventure, and this time he is a masked bandito consorting with a group of dogs—the Chimichangos. The fearless Skippyjon saves them from an awful monster bumblebee named Alfredo Buzzito. It turns out that the bee is actually a birthday piñata and when he punctures it all the goodies come spilling out all over his room. Mama for once is not really upset and the irrepressible Skippyjon is ready for his next adventure. The illustrations are as humorous as the story and kids will enjoy them. The text is sprinkled with Spanish terms, which may make reading it aloud a challenge for some and a big hit for others. There is no pronunciation guide for those who may not be familiar with Spanish. 2004, Dutton, Ages 3 to 8.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This is a wildly wonderful book about a hyperactive kitten, Skippyjon Jones, whose head and ears are too big for his body, and whose imagination is too intense for his mama. According to her, he needs to do some serious thinking about what it means to be a Siamese cat instead of a bird (Skippyjon always wakes up and eats worms with his feathered friends). She sends him to his room, where he imagines he is a Chihuahua ("My name is Skippito Friskito./I fear not a single bandito"). Chock-full of rhyming chants and Spanish expressions, the feline's adventure as a doggy Zorro ends in chaos. His frazzled mother gives him a hug anyway and says, "Say good night, Skippyjon Jones." "Buenas noches, mis amigos," says the kitten, as he bounces on his bed all ready for another adventure. The buoyant and colorful cartoon illustrations match the exuberant text perfectly. Spanish-speaking children will be especially delighted by the words and humor; others may be a little bewildered by all of the foreign phrases and will need some explanation, but the story definitely has the potential of a fun read-aloud. A good multicultural offering.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Skippyjon Jones insists he's not a Siamese cat despite ears too big for his head and a head too big for his body. This rambunctious kitty with an overactive imagination prefers to be El Skippito, a Zorro-like sword fighter. Walking through his closet, he meets a mysterioso band of Chichuahuas called Los Chimichangos. The masked Skippyjon joins them, pretending to be a dog and claiming he loves "mice and beans." The Chimichangos are convinced he will bid adios to the bad bandito Bumblebeeto who steals their frijoles. And yippito, he does. Returning home where Mama Junebug Jones and the girls are waiting-his closet explodes with a birthday pi-ata of goodies. This pun-filled spoof is over-the-top comedy littered with Spanish words and "Spanglish" accents (bees-ness). Mama's pet names for Skippyjon-Mr. Kitten Britches, Fluffernutter-add affectionate touches. Colorful, lively illustrations exaggerate the hilarity. No ethnic aspersions intended, just laugh-out-loud humor. Both feline hero and story are full of beans (more Mexican-jumping than pinto) but ay caramba, mucho fun. (Picture book. 5-8)
From the Publisher
*"Both feline hero and story are full of beans (more Mexican-jumping than pinto) but ay caramba, mucho fun."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Buoyant and colorful cartoon illustrations match the exuberant text perfectly."—School Library Journal

"The illustrations are as humorous as the story and kids will enjoy them."—Children's Literature

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
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Skippyjon Jones Series
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Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.13(d)
AD740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Best known for her Skippyjon Jones series, Judy Schachner has illustrated many of her own stories, including the much-loved Grannyman and its companion book, Bits & Pieces. A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Judy is also known for her spirited reading of the Skippyjon stories, for which she won the first E.B. White Read Aloud Award.  She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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Skippyjon Jones 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 235 reviews.
Hannah Palmer More than 1 year ago
You've gotta buy this! I'm a fourth grader (yup, thats right) and I love it! This book is perfect for people of all ages. It's a VERY cute book.
Lynski46157 More than 1 year ago
My three year old grandson loves all the Skippyjon books, and this one in particular. Cleverly written, fast paced, highly entertaining. I bought in the "Read to Me" for color nook and love the voice and enunciation of the narrator.
jdiemart More than 1 year ago
Love this book! My daughter's favorite for the last 3 years, we can't get enough of Mr. Fuzzypants. Great way to encourage imaginative play and get a little Spanish too.
Ronnie Triplett More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series since i was in second grade and i love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story full of adventure, imagination, and culture. The illustrations are fabulously colorful and endearing. Will have in my collection for generations!
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Andrea-Barrister More than 1 year ago
I bought this for some friends of mine who just had their first child. I picked it up because they are cats people; then I read it and fell in love with it. It is a story a little less ordinary yet playful. The writing is fabulous. There are parts written as if Skippyjon is singing which I found to be easy to translate into song. It's a great read and enjoyable for parents, sitters, and children alike.
JubaJade More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are great and the story is super cute. Its a little too old for my 17 month old - and she reads a lot. My only complaint is that the text is very small and hard for me to read. On the NOOK color you can tap the text and it enlarges it in a white box, but then is covers up some of the illustration.
JamieMcBH More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story, emotional yet light. A great read for any child.
June Torrance More than 1 year ago
Great story! Very cute, clever and fun. I wish the Nook version was enhanced with a "Read to me" option and some animation like I've seen in other children's books (like in Marley series). Maybe display the pages one at a time instead of two at a time so we can see the words more easily. You can zoom on the writing but it covers the illustration... not ideal for a young child. I think we'll buy the others in hard back for now. I don't regret the purchase though.
Jamie McLaughlin More than 1 year ago
My family loves this book! My daughter brought it home from school and we were instantly hooked after reading it. I love them so much my wife even got them for me as an anniversary present. We also have the audio versions on our Ipods. Keep 'em Judy we love Skippyjon!!!!!
Catfan92 More than 1 year ago
Skippyjon Jones is a wonderful adventure story about a spunky little Siamese kitten who thinks he is a fearless Chihuahua. This book is full of laughs and entertaining for both young and "older" audiences. Any of the Skippyjon Jones stories are perfect read alouds for the classroom or at home. I can't wait to see what Skippyjon's next adventure holds for him!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3yr old loves Skippy Jon. He asked for this book after they read it aloud at his preschool. He begged for it for about two weeks before I went to see what it was all about. The story is so cute and perfect for reading aloud. We were very satisfied. Wished these came in a box set. It would be a great gift idea that way for christmas or teacher gifts.
Lady_Divine More than 1 year ago
I first heard this book when my teacher for oral communication came in to read to the class two weeks ago. I instantly fell in love with Skippyjon and bought two of the books for my 2 year old son while he was in the hospital. I came online tonight to see if it's formatted for my color nook which it is so I'll be busy buying and downloading when I'm paid next week. This series is a must buy for hours of laughter!
sn12 More than 1 year ago
The content of the book is fine for children, but we could not get the book to conform to our Nook color. No matter how we would try to change the settings, the book would always open up to show two pages, which made the print extremely small and very hard to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are an absolute joy to read. I bought the rest of the read to me SkippyJon books right away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book!! I read this book and several other of the Skippy Jon Jones books to a class of kindergarteners and they were completely sucked into it. This book is great and one of my favorites to write lesson plans with
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Epic book. Great. U have to get it! Its perfect for younger children.
moregrit More than 1 year ago
Very cute and fun story to read...definitely a good one to buy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find reading this series to be challenging, but the read to me versions are wonderful! A repeater in our home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a funny story that I would say is a good book for kids
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
although this is the most epensive thing i have purchased, this book is great for my three year old brother. i remember this book from when i was little, and its great to see that he enjoys it just as much as i did when i was little.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son went on and on about this book. His teacher read it to his class,and he has wanted it on my nook ever since.. such a cute story.. we love the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
drycreekmom More than 1 year ago
This book is very fun! My kids love it! And admittedly, I enjoyed it too. The author who reads it on the Nook version is a great reader who is able to capture and keep the attention of her audience. The only think I would change is the speed in which it is read. It was read so quickly that it is hard to understand what she is saying. To solve this problem I read it a little slower to my kids so when they do listen to the author read, they understand what is being said. This is a definite thumbs up as my kids (ages 5 and 8) read it over and over again.