Puffin continues to update the Puffin Storytapes' audio program and convert the cassette tapes to compact discs! This season, we're adding another title to our list of Puffin Storytime™ packages: Judy Schachner's Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse. This Puffin picture book will be accompanied by a compact disc that features a professional reading of the unabridged story. Perfect for road trips or quiet bedtime reading, as well as story time, preschool, and home school, Puffin Storytime: Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse is sure to please children and parents alike.
About 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.
What People are Saying About This
We know for certain that your kid will love hearing you read it aloud. (Time Out New York Kids)
Ole to the greatest poco perrito; he’s as full of beans as in the first escapade. (Kirkus Reviews)
This is a wonderful choice for story time or a fun bedtime read-aloud. (Bookpage)
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My Pre-K students adore Skippyjon Jones. Anytime I see a Skippyjon book with a story cd I snatch it up for our library corner. They love the hearing the story with the fun sound effects read by the author herself. Anyone with kids aged 4 to 6 years old needs to share Skippyjon! The kids relate to his imaginative adventures with common playthings.
This story was just as funny as skippy john jones. The cd is a nice addition aswell. My daugter can listen to the story anytime and anywhere. Also, the authors funny voices are fun to listen to! We will be purchasing the rest of the skippy john jones books!!
All of the Skippyjon Jones books are fun to read for the class. They become very interactive and all of the students have a good time.
One of the most amazing books I have read! The audio cd is a must listen to for the full enjoyment of this wonderfully illustrated story. SkippyJonJones is not thinking Siamese, but Chihuahua. Sent to his room for coloring all over the freshly painted walls, Skippy goes on a great Chihuahua adventure.
We bought this book because it had a CD that read alound and since our son is 4 we wanted something to help him follow along with in the car. However the person reading the story on the CD does not let you know when to turn the page and reads the story very fast. So our son became very frustrated the first time he opened the book and now won't have anything to do with it. It is a cute book and if you can read it to your child it would be nice, but if you have a young child we would not recommend buying the CD that can come with it. Overall it is a nice book but we would definitely not recommend the book/CD combo to parent's with pre-reading young children.