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Kindergarten-Grade 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
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*"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
My 4 and 6 year olds love this book and we also listen to the audio that came with it in my car almost every day on the way to school. Great birthday gift for my older daughter!Published 3 days ago by Lori
Despite the good art, I could hardly wait to return this book to the library. The text is nonsensical and insipid, even by childrens' book standards. Read morePublished 4 days ago by icedrake
I was visiting my sister who looks after 3 year old twins -- she read us a couple of these books aloud, and I was completely enchanted! Read morePublished 20 days ago by Christine A. Margelli
Very cute book... all of the Skippyjon Jones books have a cute story to them, but a little hard to read!Published 21 days ago by Sue Mobley