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Skippyjon Jones, Class Action Hardcover – July 12, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: Skippyjon Jones
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; Rei/Com edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525422285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525422280
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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My kids and I love all the skippyjon jones books and this does not disappoint.
mj14
I know the basics of the Spanish language but this was in depth and I couldn't pronounce the words and therefore did not understand the story.
Liz
The students even learn a few words of Spanish and read in your very best Spanish voice, you will have the kids laughing.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dionysus on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
All of the Skippyjon Jones books are amazing. They are packed with wonderful and creative adventures, alliteration, songs, interesting vocabulary, and laughs. "Class Action" is no exception. From the hilarious story line and the Spanish words, to the beautiful illustrations, I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who wants to inspire and entertain their child.
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Skippyjon Jones is the hero of a series of children's books written by Judy Schachner. Skippyjon is a Siamese kitten who thinks that he is a Chihuahua, and he has enough imagination for a dozen kittens! In this book, Skippyjon wants to go to school, just like the dogs, but his mother puts a stop to his plans. But, his mother cannot stop Skippyjon's imagination, and in the privacy of his closet, Skippyjon goes to a fun school in his head!

This is a fun book, filled with Skippyjon's antics and lots of funny illustrations. Quite a few Spanish words are thrown into the dialogue, which can be hard for the younger reader, especially as it is difficult if not impossible sometimes to gather their meaning from the context. Nonetheless, this is a very funny book, and it is sure to please the young reader (if he or she has an older reader to help out).
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Hurwitz on October 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 3-1/2 year old son from his school's Scholastic book fair. I read it to him a couple of times and couldn't get over this bad feeling that what I was reading to him wasn't quite right. I don't speak Spanish (but he's in a beginner Spanish class), but I could easily tell that most of the "Spanish" words weren't real words, spellings or pronunciations. The tempo of the book and the way it's written almost force the reader to sound like a false, yet stereo-typical Mexican American. As I said, I feel uncomfortable reading it for this reason. I've been reading some Amazon.com reviews on the Skippyjon Jones series and there are a lot of accusations that it is completely racist. I've come to the conclusion that though I don't believe the author is intentionally being racist, she is none the less perpetuating racism through her series - and making a lot of money doing it. I am going to get rid of this book and buy my son some bi-lingual Spanish-English children's books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alma L. Carrasco-Hartle on April 29, 2014
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I highly recommend "any" and "all" of Judy Schachner's books. They are highly entertaining, full of adventures...captivating a child's imagination. A timeless read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kisha lea on December 19, 2013
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My son loves this book! I never understood the logic of skippy Jon Jones books but my son loves them all this one did not fail to please!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chief Tech on May 23, 2014
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The perfect book to get the new one off to school. I recommend this to be read to the anxious kindergartener.
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By NebraskaIcebergs on November 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Judith Schachner’s wonderful imagination infuses the story of Skippyjon Class Action. A great sense of play also permeates the book’s artwork. Both make for compelling reasons why you should purchase Skippyjon Class Action, except that there’s an accusation of racism against the whole series. Is the latter true? And, if it is, does that discount the other merits?

Skippyjon is dying to go to school, even if school is just for dogs. And nothing, not even being sent to his room by his mother, is going to keep him from making his wish come true. His mother tells him that he’s already one smart Siamese cat and orders Skippyjon to look into the mirror if he doesn’t believe her words. Skippyjon climbs up his sister’s kitty-condo ladder for a peek, but the result is the opposite of what his mom hoped. Suddenly, Skippyjon is a masked Chihuahua, fully attired with a cape, red plaid shirt, and backpack…. and he’s boarding the school bus where he encounters bullies and other scary moments. Such is the power of imagination!

From what I have read of Schachner’s biography, as a child imagination was her escape. When the world would overwhelm her with burdens, Schachner survived by creating happily-ever-after stories in her head and on paper. I have to believe that, despite the constant availability of passive entertainment (such as television and video games) available to young people today, imagination still has a place in our world. It can help a person escape a world of angst, misery, and dreariness. Moreover, even for the happiest of us, Imagination can also allow us help us find solutions to problems, and perhaps to become the future visionaries of the world–or at least of our homes or workplaces. And Skippyjon is the perfect role model of imagination.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Funaek on January 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A year ago I was forced to read the first Skippyjon Jones book by my niece and nephew and I hated it! The story was disjointed, rambling, and filled with horrible stereotypes. I was appalled at the book and assumed it was one of those one off books that somehow make it through publishing only to fade into obscurity. I was recently asked by my niece and nephew to read this new book Class Action and I was shocked to see there was another Skippyjon Jones book. I can't believe that there are so many Skippyjon Jones books published and that they are so popular! Putting aside for a second the Spanish controversy, this book is horrible just in terms of the plot, characters, and flow. This one was even more disjointed and rambling than the first Skippyjon Jones book I read and had no real plot. This is not a school book, this is not a dog/cat book, it's a weird and nonsensical story with pseudo-Spanish where characters simply add -ito to the end of random words. The language doesn't flow very well and I found myself stumbling every time we came across one of the pseudo-Spanish words because I felt ridiculous pronouncing them. I think this is a terrible introduction to Spanish speakers for young kids who after reading this will think that simply using a fake Spanish accent and adding -ito to the end of words means they're speaking Spanish. There's nothing worse than a bastardization of a language and culture, and it is shocking to see it in a children's book. I just don't get it.
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