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SkippyJon Jones Hardcover – September 15, 2003
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From School Library Journal
Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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"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
Top Customer Reviews
First, the plot is hilarious. Skippyjon is a Siamese cat with a fantastic imagination. His mother scolds him for being so un-catlike and sends him to his room "to think about what it means to be a Siamese cat." But of course Skippyjon doesn't think for long. His imagination takes over and poof! He's a famous sword-fighting chihuahua off on an adventure in old Mexico. He defeats Alfredo Buzzito, "el blimpo bumblebeeto bandito" and wins back all the beans Buzzito has stolen from Los Chimichangos, a band of desert-dwelling chihuahuas. And of course the noise of this adventure eventually brings him back to reality, with his mother and sisters scolding him again, but in such a fond and loving way that we're left feeling only their affection for the little kitty-boy scamp.
Next, there are the pictures. Young readers and experienced readers both will enjoy the very funny illustrations, which include clues about just how Skippyjon GETS those wild ideas.
Finally, there is the diction. The language in this book is inspired. It rollicks. It rolls. It plays with the audience, teases and tickles and delights little ears. And "holy guacamole," it sure is fun to read aloud!
Thank you, Judith Schachner!
I know Skippyjon is a little stinker at times, but it was depicted in a much more innocent fashion in the previous books we've read.Read more ›
To me, the books relate to how young ones work into their imaginary play new languages and ideas on culture. Chihuahuas are thought to be spanish, so SkippyJon, a child-cat, will 'interpret' the language and customs in his own way, with what little knowledge he has, while pretending to be a chihuahua.
Also, to reference a particular point someone made on why the book is so stereotypical, the true reason behind adding the -O after words that aren't spanish is NOT done to suggest that it automatically makes a word spanish. Its done to fit into the song rhythm its meant to go with, and to rhyme with other words.
In the end, if you are concerned about it, teach your child the true customs and explain that the book is about word play between english and spanish, and is make believe and silly. Or, of course, don't read the book at all. But don't be so self-righteous as to denounce the book as racist, because racist is an ugly term that these playful books do not deserve.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read this book in the doctor's office waiting room to my 4-year-old. We both loved it so much that when we got home I got on Amazon and ordered it! Read morePublished 1 month ago by StacyMarie
My 3 yr old really likes this book, but it's super hard to read.Published 1 month ago by Kerensa Corlett
I agree that this is offensive. My little sister loves it-I'll give them that-but it makes fun of hispanics the whole way though. Read morePublished 1 month ago by hola
This was my daughters favorite book when she was little. She still kept this book to the state because it's such a fun book. I always enjoyed reading it to her. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Esparza
This book features stealing, fake "Spanish," (adding -o and -ito to English words, such as "earthquake-ito), gangs of singing and dancing Chihuahuas who say things like... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely irredeemably racist in every line and picture as soon as the main character enters his fantasy world of "Old Mexico. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is racist. My daughter checked this out from the library and my family and I found it incredibly offensive. Do not purchase!Published 2 months ago by Maria D.