Skippyjon Jones [NOOK Book]

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"My name is Skippito Friskito./ I fear not a single bandito./ My manners are mellow./ I'm sweet like the Jell-O./ I get the job done, yes indeed-o." For ten years, Siamese kittenboy Skippyjon Jones has been prancing in high style, his big ears flapping in the wind. Now he has returned for this gala 10th anniversary celebration of his first, award-winning appearance. All hail to an authentic four-pawed hero!

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101549889
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Series: Skippyjon Jones Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 22,843
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 22 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.”



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.”



Listen to a SkippyjonJones audio clip!































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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Great Book

    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.

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    The favorite!

    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.

    17 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Read it

    I have 3 woards for you READE THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    16 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2011

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    Excellent book for young ones, and their parents too!

    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.

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    we love skippito!

    This is a very short and simple board book, not like the others we have read (Skippyjon Jones and Skippyjon Jones in the Dog House) which are long delightful tales. But this is a cute book with a character we love and is easier for my one year old to play with so I am still glad we have it.

    15 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    A MUST for any collection!

    Wonderful story full of adventure, imagination, and culture. The illustrations are fabulously colorful and endearing. Will have in my collection for generations!

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I LOVE THIS BOOK

    I LOVE THIS BOOK

    14 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    I just have to say...

    I have loved this series since i was in second grade and i love it.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Do Read

    12 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

    Eclectic little character

    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.

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Wonderful story

    Wonderful story, emotional yet light. A great read for any child.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Very Cute Book

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

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    Cute but hard to read text

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    We Love Skippy Jon!

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    Decent book

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    Too cute

    These books are an absolute joy to read. I bought the rest of the read to me SkippyJon books right away.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

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    Silly Cat!

    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!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    YAY Skippyjon

    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!!!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    Pint Sized Adventures

    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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    Must have for all elementary school teachers

    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

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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