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Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse Paperback – February 1, 2007
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Kindergarten-Grade 3–The Siamese cat from Skippyjon Jones (Dutton, 2003) that thinks he's a Chihuahua returns in another adventure. Sent to his room by his mother for drawing on the walls, the feline puts on a mask and cape and then sings in a Spanish accent: "Oh, my name is Skippito Friskito/And I heard from a leetle birdito/That the doggies have fled/From the gobbling head/Who goes by the name Bobble-ito!" He then boards his skateboard and rolls into his closet, eventually arriving at a shack where he finds his Chihuahua friends. They explain that their home has been invaded ("Yesterday morning we left the house to buy some beans…when we returned, a Bobble-ito was in la casa perrito") and ask for his help. He solves the problem by grabbing the intruder and stuffing it into his pants. At story's end, Mama checks on Skippyjon and finds him wrapped in a blanket and talking to his sister's bobblehead doll. Schachner's ink-and-acrylic illustrations create the madcap surrealistic world Skippyjon inhabits, but the narrative offers little more than bad verse, confused plotting, and Taco Bell-style expressions–a fact underscored by the accompanying CD of the author reading her two Skippyjon tales. For rhyming dog stories, skip this doggerel and stay with the antics of Lynley Dodd's "Hairy Maclary" books (Tricycle).– Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME
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We know for certain that your kid will love hearing you read it aloud. (Time Out New York Kids)
Ole to the greatest poco perrito; hes as full of beans as in the first escapade. (Kirkus Reviews)
This is a wonderful choice for story time or a fun bedtime read-aloud. (Bookpage)
Top customer reviews
She sat on the couch reading, laughing, reading more, giggling hysterically, then starting back over. It was so awesome!
The premise: a young Siamese cat who imagines he's a Chihuahua and goes on all kinds of fun adventures (usually while on time-out) with his Chihuahua buddies. Of course it's all imaginary as Skippyjon is actually in his own room.
The adventures are creative and clever. The drawings are colorful and fun. The characters are adorable. Even as an adult, I enjoy these.
Pro tip: the hardcover has a CD of the song Skippyjon sings while on his journeys and I think reads the book. You can also find the song (or versions of the song) on YouTube. Definitely worth a listen however you access it!