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Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble Hardcover – October 19, 2006

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Book 3 of 8 in the Skippyjon Jones Series

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–Another tale featuring the independent, stubborn Siamese kitten. Once again, Skippyjon dons mask and cape, enters his closet, and changes into El Skippito Friskito, an adventure-loving Chihuahua. Here, after daydreaming about ancient Egypt, he converts into his alter ego and meets his amigos (a pack of troublemaking poochitos) along the Nile River. Skippyjon fans will find much to like here–the amigos speak a slang of Spanish and English and spur the frightened kitten into confronting the Sphinx and a mummy–but the book may be a bit confusing for newcomers as there is no explanation of his transformation or his canine pals. Done in acrylics and pen and ink, the vibrantly colored illustrations add humor to the already silly story (the gang wants to visit the Under Mundo where mummitos rest in peas) and children will want to stop and pore over the details (the mummy is a Siamese). The text is lengthy, with several points of action, so it is recommended for readers who can follow the longer format. However, the narrative is broken up by songs and rhymes that will keep them laughing throughout. When Skippyjon returns to his (real) mummy, youngsters will feel as if they have been to ancient Egypt with him.–Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Series: Skippyjon Jones
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; Rei/Com edition (October 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525477543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525477549
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (568 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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81 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Carter L. Wiecking on January 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Skippyjon Jones" is so good on so many levels. It may just be the perfect children's book. No, the Platonic IDEAL of what a children's book should be...I'm that enamored of it!
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!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MTucker on November 24, 2007
Format: School & Library Binding
All 3 of our kids (ages 4-12) love the Skippyjon Jones books. Great illustrations and plenty of dramatic text to hold adult & kid attention; also gives great opportunities for the reader to practice theatrical voices.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. Long on January 28, 2008
Format: School & Library Binding
The Doll is great! But if I could have, I might have bought it seperately - I didn't know the book was going to be so small. (much smaller than the regular SJJ books)
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Smith VINE VOICE on August 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
schachner's book is superb! while it is, technically, a children's book, it is one of the very favorites of both my wife and me (and our daughter)! the details of the plot are discussed by other reviewers accurately and completely. as my introduction to schachner's work, i've searched out her other work. while it is hilarious, clever, and pictorially very appealling, the thing that is most important to me is that it makes the time that i get to spend with our children reading more fun than we'd ever imagined it could be (and we're all avid readers). there could be some out there who could be offended on the grounds that it could be seen as politically incorrect. i don't. i find it a terrific book, i'd give it 6 stars if amazon allowed it, and i think that it is well worth the full purchase price. i hope that schachner continues her creative works.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Mahar on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I like the fact that the book comes with a CD. I like being able to hear the flow of the story and pronunciation from the author.

Cute read!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Polly Ester VINE VOICE on August 31, 2008
Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
I purchased this book for my 2 1/2 year old daughter as well as a copy for my cousin's 2 1/2 year old son. Both of them love reading it and giggling at the silly kitten who thinks he's a chihuahua. They love the use of the Spanish words they also hear on Dora & Diego. The stuffed toy makes for great fun for them to act out some of Skippyjon Jones's adventures!

The great thing about this book is even older kids will enjoy it, especially if they're just learning to read or need a little extra help. Skippyjon Jones keeps reading FUN and gets children (even school aged) interested in reading!
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74 of 97 people found the following review helpful By A. Gauthier on October 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD
My 5 year old really enjoys this books with the silly rhymes and play on words. This story is about a child-cat and his imagination. The play on spanish words aren't meant to be racist, it shows how a young kitten (similar in his personality to a young child) may interpret how they hear things. It never shows the spanish chihuahuas as being any kind of bad stereotypes. Just as some Pups in need of a little rescuing from a Zorro style hero.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Catalano on May 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I'm Hispanic (my kids are half) and I don't understand the racist claims and hypersensitivity to this book.
Does everyone realize that the book is not about "Mexican people", it's about cartoon dogs (that are being imagined by a cat)??? I love reading this book to my kids and they love listening to it. They like to pretend they're El Skipito and go on adventures around our house! To address those upset about the "made up Spanish words that are hurting the language and their kids", have you ever read Dr. Seuss? Half of those words don't make sense, they just rhyme with the previous sentences.
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