Skippyjon Jones

Skippyjon Jones

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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.
Publisher: New York : Dutton Children's Books, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780525471349
0525471340
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 24 x 28 cm

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CA2001
Mar 03, 2017

Skippyjon Jones is a great series of books, I am bilingual so are my daughters, we love this books! We actually relate to it very much, because we speak "Spanglish," which is mixture of Spanish and English, of course that is not the proper way to speak, but I can say for sure that any family that is bilingual does it! I don't feel that this books take anything away from the Latino culture or that it's offensive in any way, is just a fun series of books to read!

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

For ages 3-5. Make room for Skippyjon Jones, a Siamese cat that takes on the superhero persona of the Spanish sword-fighter Skippito. ¡Olé!

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mmcbeth29
Apr 16, 2015

Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat who likes to pretend he is a Spanish speaking chihuahua. He gets in trouble and is sent to his room. Instead of thinking about his misdeeds, he goes to the world of imagination where he is Skippito Friskito. He meets a group of imaginary chihuahua's who think he is the cat's meow. Skippito fights the great big scary, bean stealing buzzito and saves them all. Or does he?

I have very mixed feelings about this series of books as I can see others do based on the reviews. But lets put aside the Taco Bell/Cheech and Chong stereotypical Spanglish for just a moment and concentrate on the story itself. I am terribly confused about the mama character. She scolds SkippyJon, sends him to his room, and tells him firmly to stay out of his closet (where the birthday pinata is kept of course). But later when he commits a worse infraction, she hugs and kisses the kitten. He spends most of the day in time out for playing in the bird bath, but is reprieved when he completely ruins the birthday pinata? I am confused.

But Schachner has some very catchy wording in her story that moves along at a brisk clip if you don't mind reading words like bandito and indeed-o. Skippyjon has spunk and a very healthy dose of imagination. This I like about him. He obviously picked up his Spanish from Taco Bell commercials rather than Dora Dora. This has sparked quite a bit of controversy and caused the word "racist" to be thrown around. I have Spanish speaking friends who would laugh at this story and others who would frown. However, if you think about it--from Skippyjon's little imaginative viewpoint this is all he knows. He has most likely not gone to Spanish class and learned all the proper words and the correct culture. So I can forgive him for his bean jokes and itos at the end of every other word since he is living in his imagination here.

The first thing that struck me when I read SkippyJon Jones Snow What before reading this book was that the story had ADHD. It jumped all over the place. That is why I went back and read this one to find out what SkippyJon Jones is all about. This book is a little more calm and centered, yet still high paced in it's randomness and skippyJonning from one place to another. The final page in the story makes you want to come back for more.

So this is one of those books that is best left up to the parents to decide what they think. Does the story jump randomly a bit too much for you? Do you feel reading this to your child would perpetuate racism? I highly recommend checking the book out from the library and reading it before buying it.

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bitter79
Jul 29, 2014

The book is fun but the author doesn't seem to recognize her audience when she narrates it. She reads entirely too fast for toddlers & preschoolers. Some of the parts were almost incomprehensible to my ears & I have read the story many times.

green_bear_966 Jun 05, 2014

Its ausome!

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bibliochola
May 31, 2014

entertaining but offensive for the stereotypical depiction of 'Latino' culture

KRockstar10 Apr 26, 2013

Super cute. I love the nicknames that Skippyjon's mom comes up with. In my next relationship I will so be using these as pet names. (Example: Mr. Fluffernutter.) Very fun book for kids. :)

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roseccat2
Feb 13, 2013

For sure, a little tough to read like tongue twisters due to all the Spanish in it but my boys love it. It was worth all the pain. ;)

Meginka123 Jan 25, 2013

It is good, but sometimes hard to understand (made up words, nonstop Spanish!).

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 03, 2012

fun and very lovable to read!

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 03, 2012

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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