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Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner

Skippyjon Jones (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Judy Schachner

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Title:Skippyjon Jones
Authors:Judy Schachner
Info:Dutton Juvenile (2003), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Picture Books

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Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner (2003)



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Skippyjon Jones tells the story of a young Siamese cat, who has a wild, vivid imagination. After being sent to his room, Skippyjon Jones' imagination takes him to Mexico where he encounters a band of Chihuahuas. He is recruited to defeat the evil "Bumblebeeto" who steals their frijoles, or beans. Wielding his sword, Skippyjon Jones defeats the Bandito, and beans go flying everywhere. It is revealed that Skippyjon Jones had been fighting his birthday pinata hidden in his closet resulting in flying candy jelly beans and beanbag doggies.

The character development is interesting. Throughout the book, Skippyjon Jones seems interested in everything but being a Siamese cat. He sleeps in a nest with the birds and imagines being adopted by a band of Chihuahuas. This seems to send readers the message that they can use their imagination to be who they want instead of being confined to an identity established by family. Yet, it also shows a very loving relationship between Skippyjon Jones and his mother, showing the love and support family can provide. The story shows instead of tells a lot of Skippyjon Jones' character. For instance, when he fights the Bandito, his legs are shaking even though he stands his ground. This shows that he is scared, but has the courage to fight.

GENRE: Fantasy

- to encourage imagination, students can take an ordinary non-living object (pinata) and write an imaginative story where it comes to life or takes on the role of something else.
- there is some use of poetry in the book, so students could discuss use of rhyming words
  sso14 | Jan 31, 2016 |
This fantasy picture book is about a young Siamese cat who thinks he is a Chihuahua. His adventurous, energetic, and mischievous spirit leads him on a imaginative journey through his "closet door" to Mexico, where he meets a band of Chihuahuas and becomes their hero. This book utilizes the literary element, style, in an engaging and unique way. The text of exclamation phrases are bolder and bigger than the rest of the text, emphasizing the actions and feelings that are paired with these phrases, such as "Holy Frijoles" and "Pop". In addition, the book has a great sense of rhythm and utilizes rhyme in the various poems/songs that the band of Chihuahua's exclaim.

Fantasy Easy Fiction

-I could pair this book in the classroom with a lesson about culture, introducing Mexico and the Spanish language. This book weaves various Spanish words into the text, making it a fun way to teach a little bit of Spanish to the class. This would contribute to a culturally diverse and aware class.
-Another use for this book is to pair it with a lesson on adding details to stories. This book contains specific supporting details that immerse the readers into a believable fantasy world. As a result, reading this could act as an example for adding more exciting details to student's stories.
  akgingerich | Jan 22, 2016 |
The genre of this book is modern fantasy. This story tells the tale of Skippyjon Jones, a siamese cat who daydreams that he is the leader of a band of dogs. He ends up saving the day, only to be discovered by his mother, who finds his making up stories in his room, where he was supposed to be as a punishment. The grade appropriateness of this book is for 2nd-3rd grade. ( )
  athena.j | Dec 10, 2015 |
Skippyjon Jones is a fantasy book. Its about a curious little cat who wants to export being other things besides a cat. He uses his imagination while he's supposed to be thinking about what he did wrong to pretend to be other things then a cat. This is a good book to have in the classroom because there is Spanish words throughout the book. It's important for teachers to have multicultural book in their classroom. It will also help children learn words of another language. But it is important for the teacher to practice the words before reading it aloud so the teacher pronounces the words correctly. The illustrations in this book really help tell the story and so the children can understand what is going on even with some of the Spanish words that they may not know. ( )
  kelsmarie09 | Dec 3, 2015 |
I liked the book for three reasons. First, the book uses descriptive language. As Skippyjon Jones refused to use the litter box, the text states, “this twisted his mama’s whiskers tighter than a Texas tornado.” The metaphor used in the writing makes the book more engaging and motivating for the reader to finish the story. The figurative language also creates a mental picture for the reader to understand the impact of how his mom feels. Second, the illustrations enhance the story. The book shows Skippito running through a dark tomb as the text says, “So Skippito drew in a deep breath and dove into the darkness of the musty old tomb.” The reader can look at the picture and immediately understand what the text is saying. The pictures in the book support the writing of the text and help readers follow what is happening. Third, the writing is engaging since it enlarges and bolds the rhyming words. The book says, “Whose ears are too big for his head? And who loves to go bounce on his bed? Who creeps on all fours, Through his own closet door, Straight into the Land of the Dead?” Creating a rhyming scheme, enlarging the words, and bolding the rhyming words catches the interest of the reader and instills a desire to complete the book to find more rhymes. The rhyming enhances the text for the reader to enjoy and understand the story. Overall, the main idea is that the monsters we imagine before bed aren’t real. It is important to be brave and not let your fears get the best of you. ( )
  shill11 | Nov 10, 2015 |
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Para mi familia a la A Better Chance House en Swarthmore: Shayna Israel, Asia Hoe, Patricia Ottley y Julianna Lucre
Especialmente unas gracies a las muchachas hispanas - Marlene Rijo, Erica Pena y Kathleen Regalado - por las lecciones de espanol para El Skippito
Con mucho carino, Mamalita
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Every morning, Skippyjon Jones woke up with the birds.
My ears are too beeg for my head. My head ees too beeg for my body. I am not a Siamese cat...I AM A CHIHUAHUA!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142404039, Paperback)

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.
Skippyjon Jones is no ordinary kitten. Oh, no. . . .He's actually El Skippito, a great sword-fighter ready to battle banditos the world over! With a little imagination and a whole lot of fun, this frisky cat dons a mask and cape and takes on a bad bumble-beeto to save the day. And along the way, he'll be sure to steal young reader's hearts, yes indeed-o!

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Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat with an overactive imagination who would rather be El Skippito, his Zorro-like alter ego.

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