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Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Ole Hardcover – October 16, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: Skippyjon Jones
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; Rei/Com edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803737823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803737822
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 9.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Judy Schachner lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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Judith Byron Schachner has been illustrating and writing children's books since 1992 and has given numerous presentations in schools and libraries. Her workshops are designed to be warm and personal with a special regard for the less than stellar student.
"Kids love to review my rotten report cards and laugh out loud at a slide show involving 4 cats and a funeral. Teachers love the 'Seed Box' filled to the brim with a magical collection of 'Junk' to inspire the writer in all of us. Everyone loves to watch 'Don Juan Skippito Bumblito the Great Sword Fighter' come to life with pencil and paper. By the end of the day we all believe that the stories in our own lives are worth writing about."
Judith Byron Schachner grew up outside of Boston in the 1950's. Her early years were not easy: "Growing up we didn't have much money. My mother was very ill, and to make matters worse, I was extremely shy. All my teachers complained that 'Judith needs to speak up in class, Judith needs to improve in arithmetic, and Judith needs to finish her work on time.' But no one complained about my artwork. On paper I drew myself a world where mothers were healthy and teachers were kind. My life was perfection in pencil."
Judith graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1973 with a BFA in illustration and went straight into the "greeting card factories, which included a stint at Hallmark. For five years I designed cute cards, sad cards, funny cards, and wedding cards. I was not having fun; in fact I never wanted to pick up a paintbrush again."
Married life changed many things for Judith. One clear advantage for her was that "for the first time in many years I could step off the 9 to 5 treadmill and devote all my energy to creating a portfolio of children's book art. That was until two little baby girls were born. Then motherhood became my favorite new job. Over the years I read hundreds of books to my daughters. Inspired by the art and words I was moved once again to finish my portfolio and take it on the road to New York. Around the same time I met Donna Jo Napoli who convinced Dutton Children's Books to let me illustrate her novel, The Prince of the Pond," published in 1992.
In 1995 Judith wrote and illustrated her first picture book, Willy and May, and has turned out a number of projects since then. "The wonderful thing about my job is that one day I can be writing about history, as I did in Mr. Emerson's Cook. The next day I'm drawing a wacky old woman for I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. Or I can bring to life a beloved pet cat in my book The Grannyman. I live in a constant state of 3rd grade bliss - making up stories and drawing pictures. Isn't that what we all did as children?"
Several years ago the great author Lloyd Alexander stood in Judith's back yard admiring her daughters' Viking ship (as Judith puts it, that's another story). Working with Lloyd Alexander has been a dream come true for Judith: "Never in my wildest fantasies did I ever think that my art would inhabit his world of words."

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Pike on October 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love Skippyjon Jones but the latest adventure is a little hard to read unless you have some knowledge of Spanish. Generally, the words are explained in the text but for a parent or teacher who doesn't know a little Spanish, it is very hard for them to read to their children. The story is cute and Skippy is as enchanting as ever.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By This Kid Reviews Books on November 4, 2012
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Skippito friskito is back-ito and kitty boy is going to the circus with his doggy-pals, los chimmichangas. They sneak into the Cirque De Olé, past the léones, tigres and osos and into the strong dog's dressing room. Skippyjon's friends help their chico grow muy grande músculos to disguise him as the stong dog. When Putzi Shtrungleboot the REAL strong dog catches the gang, he is not happy! It is up to Skippito to save the day(ito)!

Why I liked this book - Like I said before, Josie and I LOVE Skippyjon Jones. The books are just AWESOME to read out loud. The rhymes and rhythm of the story is just fun PLUS you learn Spanish along the way. I love that Skippyjon is a cat who thinks he is a dog (his mom is pretty annoyed with that). The story in Cirque De Olé is really fun too. Skippyjon gets sent to his room by his mom for a time-out and Skippyjon's imagination takes him to the circus. I think it shows kids how you can have a cool adventure by just using your imagination. I think everyone, including Siamese cats and Chihuahuas, will love this book! The copy we bought had a CD in it too with Ms. Schachner reading the book on it. That was cool to hear her read her own book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jackie A. on December 26, 2013
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My grandson, age 3, introduced me to Skippyjon Jones a couple of months ago. I love these books. Part of it might be that I love the name, Skippyjon Jones, and the other part is that I am the Grandma with the Siamese Cat. I did buy these books for my granddaughter, who also just turned 3 years old, to enjoy as much as her cousin. Not only does she love the stories, her parents love reading the stories also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marianne O'Malley on March 16, 2014
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What did you like about this book,Saige? "It was a funny book. I like the part when Skippy Jon Jones was wearing a tu tu. I never ever thought he would wear one . It was awesome and sweet."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rickey G on January 20, 2014
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Bought for grandson for bedtime reading and he loves it!Skippyjon Jones is his favorite so I couldn't miss on this one!Buy it,your young children will love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Miller on September 19, 2013
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whats not to love my daughter is going on 12 and has loved these books since she was small. thank you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda loves Hawaii on July 13, 2013
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I love Skippyjon Jones Books. I buy every one and own every one. I have been reading them to my elementary students for years now. They are funny and the illustrations are precious. The students even learn a few words of Spanish and read in your very best Spanish voice, you will have the kids laughing. It's a great interactive book that has imaginations going wild!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sheila n gilkey on September 19, 2013
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The only complaint i have about these books is that the Spanish is not used correctly. I am bilingual and it is offensive to me and i know others as well. However, these are the most delightful books to read aloud to my grandchildren. I dont know who enjoys them more... If i do, or they.
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