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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2007
I am normally a huge fan of Skippyjon Jones and loved the other books in the series we've read, so I hate to say anything negative. I bought this book for my 4 yr old twins and while the same adorable Skippyjon Jones is still so entertaining and funny, I was a little uncomfortable with some of the subject matter. First of all, Skippy "steals" dogbones that belong to the bully neighborhood dog, Darwin. I wasn't too keen on that, but I guess it presents an opportunity to talk to your children about the fact that stealing is wrong. Then, after Skippyjon comes out of his hilarious fantasy, Darwin is banging on Skippyjon's door, the bones come tumbling out and, "The next thing he knew, the kitty boy was waking up on the couch." Turns out he doesn't remember what happened, but apparently got worked over by Darwin. The picture shows Skippyjon on a chair with a bandage on his head and an icebag. His mom is competely nonchalant about the whole thing and seems to have no idea?!? he was beat up. When he asks what happened, she "proudly" tells him he decided to return the bones - all of them. Finally, he is back in his room at night and pulls out his stuffed animal with some little bones he somehow managed to hide and sings, "Oh I'm Skippyjonjones, And I'm not a dog fighter, But I still have some bones 'Cuz I'm the decider." What does that mean?!? A wee bit of control-freak behavior going on here and I guess he got away with the stealing after all. A little disappointing and not the best message.

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. So I was kind of surprised that he seemed like he was deliberately doing things I wouldn't want my children to do (stealing, fighting, manipulating, etc) and didn't seem to learn anything in the end about his behavior. These issues or the way it's presented might not bother some parents, but if you're concerned about your children's exposure and consequently copycatting others, as kids so often do, then you might want to pass on this one and stick with Skippyjon Jones In the Doghouse until you're ready to tackle discussions regarding these issues.

Other than those few things, the book was fun and funny to read and I love that it promotes using your imagination and teaches a bit of Spanish. On a complimentary note, the series is so good and clever that I just expected more. Please don't let it sway you from checking out the other books. They really are gems. Your kids will LOVE Skippyjon Jones and we can all relate to him in one way or another. The twins didn't like this one as much as some of the others, but they got excited as soon as I pulled the book out as they love the character so much. I'd also highly recommend the sweet tale of "The Grannyman" which led to the Skippyjon series.

I'm still a fan, just hope the author takes him back to a more innocent little guy next time and if she decides not to, that he at least learns from his mistakes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2008
The CD is not broken it is just an MP3 file and will play on any computer or mp3 cd player. Just load into your computer save on itunes and burn to a disk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2014
Love this book. First saw it at an elementary school and later bought it for my nephew. It comes with a great cd that reads the book in the character voices. All of the skippy Jon books are wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2014
This story is great even for mom reading it. It cracked me up. The pictures are funny and wording is good. Especially if you get the CD it helps to know how to read it-quickly with a Spanglish accent. The kids laughed at me. You need an accent to read aloud or it doesn't make sense! The wording is like a song it's very cute.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2014
Wife and I got this as a Christmas gift for a 4-year-old. He really liked it. We can recommend the books in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2013
My 7 year old loves these books and each one has something new to learn in it. I would buy them all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2013
Looking for a book my grandson did not have. We have somehow over looked the skippyjon jones books. since he liked it so much he will probably be getting another at Christmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2013
We just found out about these books this Summer's reading program. So good. Funny, imaginative, good stories and silly songs. My grandson, who doesn't care much about books loves this series. I wish we had found them earlier. I would suggest you start out with the book, Skippjon Jones. For preschool the Colors and Shapes maybe good but I felt he was past those. My only complaint is the use of the word "Holy" (which I know people use all the time), but I feel differently. I change it to "Ohhh guacamole" or whatever.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 25, 2007
Reading this silly picture book made me fall in love with this series. I'm now a huge fan of the Siamese cat who thinks he's a chihuahua.

The plot (Skippy's desire to be a paleontologist leads to adventures confronting rumba-dancing dinosaurs) is only part of the book's appeal. It's great to read out loud, because the words and sentences are so silly. For example, when Skippy's friends the Chimichangos rush out to dance with the dinosaurs, "Skippito" is worried: "You will be crushed like crispitos beneath the dinos' toes-titos!"

The illustrations have lots of hidden details. A drawing of Skippyjon's room includes toy dinosaurs holding pickles, dinosaur doodles on the wall and "Skippy's Big-Boy Chart" taped onto the wall complete with checks and gold stars.

The book also comes with an audio CD of the author reading the story, using different voices for each character. Schachner sometimes breaks into song. My favorite is the one she sings to the tune of the old Frito Bandito commercial: "Oh, my name is Skippito Friskito, And I hunt for the dinosaur-ito, With gigantico ears, That's been buried for years, Under layers of sediment-ito!"

Silly, silly, silly. And what a treat!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2009
We've read Skippyjon books in the past and loved them....boy, something is WRONG with this book. It seems as if the author is trying waaaay too hard to stay on the Skippyjon bandwagon.

The book uses three times the amount of Spanglish than the original, making it hard to read aloud, and that's coming from someone with a fair share of Spanglish under her belt.

The plot makes no sense. It is horrible and almost impossible to follow. The dinosaurs are dancing and then stop drop and roll to extinction? What? Why not make them stop drop and become hair stylists, it would have been just about as easy to follow.

I cringe when my child pulls this book off the shelf and now tend to skip over half of this horrible writing just to make it understandable for my child.

Don't waste your time-- go read the original Skippy book.
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